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A Word on Wednesday: Optimism

Optimism is something to celebrate. An optimist will remember the promise of spring on a blustery, winter day, believe in what’s possible rather than dwell on the impossible, and live with more hope than worry. This glass-half-full mindset is shorthand for optimism.      The… Continue Reading “A Word on Wednesday: Optimism”

A Word on Wednesday: Similarities

  Differences are easy to see. Any child can circle the six things different on the second adjacent picture. Yet, the same game player overlooks all that is the same. I’m not suggesting a place where we are cloaked in sameness. Accept and promote diversity,… Continue Reading “A Word on Wednesday: Similarities”

A Word on Wednesday: Poppycock

“Poppycock” can pack a punch. Once the shock of the hard sound passes, the perfectly acceptable word is amusing. The common noun simply means nonsense or, to put it another way, bosh. The Brits might say rubbish or, more daringly, balls. In the mid 1800s,… Continue Reading “A Word on Wednesday: Poppycock”

A Word on Wednesday: Passioneer

The noun passion is a strong emotion or feeling most often associated with lust and desire. The suffix –eer originally occurred in loanwords from the French (buccaneer and pioneer) and productive in the formation of English nouns denoting persons who produce, handle, or are otherwise significantly associated… Continue Reading “A Word on Wednesday: Passioneer”

A Word on Wednesday: Counting

This week, I reached one year smoke free! At the time of this writing, I have been a quitter for: 366 days, 06 hours, 36 minutes, and  25.8 seconds.  But who’s counting?    Actually, the phone ap “Just Quit” counted for me, and the… Continue Reading “A Word on Wednesday: Counting”

A Word on Wednesday: Grief

Grief Grief, a noun An unfortunate outcome, A disaster. Grief, a noun Deep distress, Caused by bereavement Grief, a noun Do I sit in its sadness? Envelope thy self in sorrow? Grief, a noun Do I screech at the injustice? Curse the taker of… Continue Reading “A Word on Wednesday: Grief”

A Word on Wednesday: Worry

People warn not to worry, yet concerns continue and mount without seeming end. These concerns amass to draw attention. If one is careless, the attention becomes worry.  To worry is to torment oneself with disturbing thoughts; to torment with cares, anxieties. To worry is… Continue Reading “A Word on Wednesday: Worry”

A Word on Wednesday: Stronger

Stronger is not second place in a race of three — strong, stronger, strongest. Rather, it is a record of growth. Stronger is a superlative from the root word strong and can refer to physical and mental vigor.When a comparative adjective is used, it requires one… Continue Reading “A Word on Wednesday: Stronger”

A Word on Wednesday: Diagnosis

Don’t let them LABEL you!  Don’t let them LABEL your child! Don’t believe the LABELS! The word diagnosis is not synonymous with “label.”  The medical term, diagnosis, is simple and straightforward. The noun’s primary definition is twofold (a) the process of determining by examination the nature… Continue Reading “A Word on Wednesday: Diagnosis”

A Word on Wednesday: Stigma

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “No one can make you feel inferior without your permission.”    When we think about Mental Health Awareness, we often hear pleas to stop the stigma. Stop the stain, the blot, the tarnish that is mental illness. By definition: The noun,… Continue Reading “A Word on Wednesday: Stigma”