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A Word on Wednesday: Heliotropic

Heliotropic: Turning or growing toward the light. Heliotropism can be easily seen in sunflowers, which slowly turn their large flowers so that they continually face the sun. However, the adjective heliotropic can describe any noun and any light source. A heliotropic student turns toward  the light of… Continue Reading “A Word on Wednesday: Heliotropic”

A Word on Wednesday: Sum

The Latin sum (rhymes with room) translates to “I am.” Sum is “a state of being.”   This is not to be confused as a verb such as Today — I am writing. I am eating healthy foods. I am loving my family. I am packing… Continue Reading “A Word on Wednesday: Sum”

A Word on Wednesday: Present

When the words present and presentation are brought to mind, images of light shows, power points, lectures, and other performances surface. However, the verb present (pronounced pri-zent) means to furnish or endow, to bring, to give, to hand over, to introduce, to come to show. In the purest sense of… Continue Reading “A Word on Wednesday: Present”

A Word on Wednesday: Will

Today’s post is about the word will when used as an auxiliary verb. An auxiliary verb is used in forming tenses, moods, and voices of other verbs. Will moves an action to the future. After we collectively counted down the last minutes of 2016, we… Continue Reading “A Word on Wednesday: Will”

The 2017 Word: Crescendo

It is time for a crescendo! So … This is the year, I get loud.   In music, a crescendo is a gradual steady increase in loudness or force. This is a controlled set of bars, increasing the volume of an arrangement. A crescendo can wake both an artist and… Continue Reading “The 2017 Word: Crescendo”

A Word on Wednesday: Vacancy

Generally, the modern use of the noun vacancy is only considered in context of its opposite: “No Vacancy.” And, No Vacancy seems preferred. Vacancy means there a room at the lodge, an empty office for rent, an unassigned seat on the bus (or the supreme court),… Continue Reading “A Word on Wednesday: Vacancy”

A Word on Wednesday: Hope

 The abstract hope cannot be illustrated beyond the four letters it contains. Hope, when used as a verb, is seemingly without action. We cannot see someone hoping. Hope doesn’t sound like much more than “wishful thinking,” which cannot be measured or observed. The expression,… Continue Reading “A Word on Wednesday: Hope”

The Journey of a Dream

The well-timed exit: Dark Horse vs. No Chance in Hell Quitting vs. Moving On Throwing in the Towel vs. Hanging up the Shoes Cheering “Go For It!” and purchasing high end shoes, equipments, camps, and lessons to help the child pursue their dream of… Continue Reading “The Journey of a Dream”

The Catholic Girls Guide

I acquired a leather-bound, pocket-size book with golden page borders from my great-grandmother Helen. It is called “The Catholic Girls Guide” and was edited by Rev. Francis X. Lasance in 1906. This gem has ideas that seem outdated by today’s standards, but I did… Continue Reading “The Catholic Girls Guide”