Playing With Words: Self-ish or Self-full?

Recent conversation: me- “Did you hear about how bad this cold weather has been in the northwest that it caused several deaths?” her- “ OMG, yes, and my pipes almost froze! It was so cold in my house I couldn’t get the house warm enough so I had to put on 2 layers of...

Playing With Words: Taking a New Road

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost Ground Hog Day These last lines of Frost’s poem emphasize the benefit of doing something new (the one less traveled by)...

Playing With Words: Money

“Mommy, What is Rich?” When i was a little kid, i had no concept of money, or of being rich or poor (although we were technically closer to poor.) If i wanted something, my mother would explain why i didn’t really need it and that was that. Sure, i knew there were...

Playing With Words: Love is in the Air

I asked 3 people for an L word, and guess what? They all said, ‘Love’ immediately. It's a word everybody uses all the time, probably multiple times a day. You’re not surprised, right? Turn on the radio (if you still have one) or peruse your ipod. What do you hear?...

Playing With Words: Is Your Life Peachy Keen?

K is a Rare Bird K is the fifth least frequently used letter in the English language, after J, X, Q, and Z, with a frequency of about 0.8% in words. When I asked for a K word, people had difficulty thinking of one because they are rare in our language. Somebody...

Playing With Words: Joy-ning Together

We are up to the letter J in our jaunt through the alphabet!  According to Wikipedia, it is the fourth least frequently used letter in words, being more frequent only than ⟨z⟩, ⟨q⟩, and ⟨x⟩. It is, however, common in proper nouns, especially personal names....

Playing With Words: Heaven is Here!

Many years ago, there was a wonderful yoga teacher named Lilias on PBS. She used to talk about taking a ‘minute vacation.’ What do you conjure up when you hear this phrase? Maybe you see a sunny beach, or a quiet green meadow, or an amusement park or a playing field....

Playing With Words: Gratitude

Today I Walk in Gratitude Imagine if you wake up and the first thought you have is, “Wow! How grateful I am to begin this day!” And then imagine that each time you meet someone you think to yourself, “How grateful I am to be with this person. I know s/he has a lot to...

Playing With Words: Formula For Happiness

Do You Have A Formula For Happiness? Today we are up to F in our travel through the alphabet and the word that popped out of the dictionary at me is ‘formula’. I love this word - it has so many rich ideas within it. Let’s be creative today with this word. What comes...

Playing With Words: Extraordinary

Extraordinary I had an extraordinary experience early this spring. It was a lovely warm morning and I stepped out onto my deck to water my plants. An empty pot which I had left on the railing from the previous winter caught my eye. I noticed an almost imperceptible...

Playing With Words: What’s in Your Dreams?

What’s in Your Dreams? We’re up to the letter D so today’s word is ‘dreaming.’ Dreaming is what many of us do when we are sleeping. We may have happy dreams, we may have scary dreams. We may have jumbled up dreams. Do you dream in color or remember a certain odor or...