Category: dictionary

A Word on Wednesday: Accolade

I always found doing something for the reward was less than. I found it better to forego credit and attempt to remain humble. It was my aspiration to be more altruistic, to do good work without recognition. There is honor in notice. Accolades are not…

A Word on Wednesday: Opportunity

Opportunity means conditions are favorable to achieve some end. People say, “opportunity is all around us,” and they also say, “Don’t waste a good opportunity.” Which one is it? How many times does opportunity knock? How can you be ready for it? From Old…

A Word on Wednesday: Appropriate

Appropriate, having the right thing for the right occasion. A week ago, the Wisconsin Supreme Court overruled Gov. Tony Evers’ Safer at Home order, essentially leaving the state a free for all. There is no government policy guiding how to reopen with suitable precautions…

A Word on Wednesday: Daffodil

This concrete noun is a bulbous plant, Narcissus pseudonarcissus, of the amaryllis family, having solitary, yellow, nodding flowers that bloom in the spring.  More than that, it is the sign of spring as sure as a fat robin here in Wisconsin. In my garden,…

A Word on Wednesday: Exhausted

We are living through a pandemic. Here, in a rural, sleepy, Midwestern town, there are just a handful of cases, and as of yet, no deaths. The close reaching effect on me is nothing. I have not lost my income, earlier I wrote about…

A Word on Wednesday: Essential

Essential: adjective, absolutely necessary; indispensable. I live in Wisconsin. Schools are closed, non essential businesses are closed. I am grateful for the Stay at Home order from Governor Tony Evers. For me, there is still the day job. I feel like I won a…

A Word on Wednesday: Sociable

Sociable: A character trait. Sociable, as an adjective, describes someone who is inclined to associate with or be in the company of others. It describes someone who is friendly or agreeable in company; companionable. It wasn’t that long ago, that I was highly sociable….

A Word on Wednesday: Fellowship

Fellowship is a community of companionship. When I think of fellowship, I think of coffee hour after worship on Sunday mornings. It is one of the meanings of the word, and the most obvious place I put the concept into practice. “Communion, as between…

A Word on Wednesday: Busy

Remember the days of land lines actually attached to a wall. Remember trying to call someone dialing just seven digits, and getting a jarring, repetitive, static-y tone? Busy. Try again. Still busy. There was no way to leave a message. There was no way…

A Word on Wednesday: Worth

To know your value is to know your worth. Time and money are the quantifiers of modern life. How you choose to exchange these resources is the summation of what you consider valuable. As a preposition, worth is what is good or important enough…