Tag: A Word on Wednesday

A Word on Wednesday: Encourage

        “So encourage each other and build up each other, just as you are already doing.”              1 Thessalonians 5:11 NLT The verb encourage means to to inspire with courage, spirit, or confidence. It is to stimulate by assistance or approval.  I am…

A Word on Wednesday: Vocation

We are given raw tools; I wonder how to use these most prudently. The word vocation comes to mind. Job, career, or occupation don’t seem to imply enough of a fulfillment factor. When I speak of vocation, I consider a secular definition: a strong impulse or inclination to follow a  particular activity or career….

A Word on Wednesday: Capacity

Capacity is not be confused with ability, but rather considered potential. As a noun, it is the ability to receive or contain; the maximum amount or number that can be received or contained; the power of receiving impressions, knowledge; actual or potential ability to…

A Word on Wednesday: Whimsy

It is easy for me to be contemplative, serious, and reflective. Being fun and carefree is a lot more intentional than natural for me. It is my good fortune to have a dear friend who I associate with whimsy. Missy is the one with whom…

A Word on Wednesday: Feel

Feeling is our translation of the touch sensation. We gather detail from our five senses; touch gives us feeling. Feel, as a verb, and when used with an object, can mean the tangible described above to the abstract sensing that which cannot be seen,…

A Word on Wednesday: Enough

When is enough, enough? The word was a self-help buzz word of 2018, consoling women to be at peace with what she is. Period. As she is enough. In this sense, enough is used as a pronoun: “an adequate quantity or number; sufficiency.” As…

A Word on Wednesday: Bread

Walking into a kitchen with freshly baked bread offers one of the most soothing and comforting smells. It subtly invites gentleness and goodness. The aroma calls, “you are welcome here.” Concretely, “bread” is a noun naming the food made of flour or meal mixed…

Guest Word: Stylus

Thank you to my friend Nissa Enos for writing a fantastic essay and poem about the word “stylus.” Ms. Enos lives with her family in Manitowoc, Wis. She likes science, nature, and art. These pieces are about aword and about a boat. I hope…

A Word on Wednesday: Unburdening

There is work to be done, new ideas to be learned, and for that the problems of yesterday and the fears for tomorrow must be put out of the way. By unburdening, we do now allow burdens to continue. Unburdening sighs out the heavy….

A Word on Wednesday: Humility

Humility is not the same as depreciation. I wish I had known. Self-depreciation is the narrative looping to me, from me, in me, all me is that I am no good. Too ugly, too dumb, too mean, too crazy, too lazy, too loud, too…