All Over the Place

On December 27, 2012 By

The word of the day for December 21, 2012: SCATTER

When I think of the word “scatter” I think of…um…let’s see…uh…I forget. Let’s see what others have to say while I try and remember what it means to me.

scat­tered leaves skit­ter down
side­walks like march­ing
sol­diers invad­ing enemy yards
their toes scratch­ing the
cement are rem­i­nis­cent of claws
[Katie Sill]

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Shaken and Stirred

On December 17, 2012 By

The word of the day for December 15, 2012: STIR

The events of the past week have stirred emotions around the globe. There’s been enough stirring. It’s time to do something. I’m not saying take away the guns—that’s unconstitutional. However, I would offer that US citizens should be able to own guns, but only guns and weapons available at the time the Constitution was unanimously signed in 1790 (or earlier). If someone can smuggle a musket past airport security, waltz into an elementary school with a a howitzer cannon, or Catherine-Wheel unsuspecting theatergoers…

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Umbrellas and Stars

On December 9, 2012 By

The word of the day for December 6, 2012: ROOF

When I was maybe nine or ten, I thought it’d be fun to jump off the roof with an umbrella. And it was. Lucky for me and I grew up in a scalene triangle-shaped house and decided to do a test run off its lowest point, around two and a half meters. Even though my entire body weighed the equivalent of my present-day big toe, the stretchers flew straight up halfway down…

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The word of the day for December 1, 2012: COOK

The origin of cooking is dubious, with theories spanning 10,000 to 2.5 million years. My guess is that someone—let’s call him “Grog”—was warming himself by the fire, gnawing on a fish he caught with his bare hands earlier that day. Thunder struck in the distance, startling him, causing him to launch his fish into the coals…

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“Like Old Ivy”

On December 1, 2012 By

The word of the day for November 28, 2012: PAST.

Technically, everything we experience is the past. By the time our sensory system translates a bunch of vibrating waves into images, taste, touch, sound, and scent, the event itself is over. It may be just a few milliseconds in the past, but in the past nonetheless.

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“Soon is Not Enough”

On November 29, 2012 By

The word of the day for November 22, 2012: SOON.

As I was scanning through entries to feature in this post, my son sent me a text message asking if I could pick him up from school. “Okay, I’ll be there soon.” I typed. Before hitting send, I thought about what a wishy-washy, noncommittal word “soon” is; a word that implies that something is just around the corner—often when it’s not. Even when “soon” speaks of hope, it’s largely indicative of some sort of lack. I revised my reply: “I’ll be there in 14 minutes.”…

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“Little Big Bangs”

On November 27, 2012 By

The word of the day for November 24, 2012: LIBRARY.

Library is a word that technology has rendered nearly obsolete. I had forgotten what a magical place a library used to be for me: construction paper letters announcing the new; musty smells of aged leather and browning paper announcing the old; librarians navigating a mysterious decimal system; the cacophony of crossing waves of passion from poets, prophets, and imaginers transcending time; the silence.

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Square Squared

On November 26, 2012 By

The word of the day for November 23, 2012: SQUARE.

As the adage goes, “there are two sides to every story.” This one has four.
A square is rare in nature. Through the airplane window at 30,000 feet, rivers snake across the landscape as meandering peaks fork through the limestone…

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