A Patient Vulnerable. Bounced by forces not within; Left bobbing atop the surface, Or, dragged mercilessly, gurgling for air. Patient’s first synonym is INVALID. This can be interpreted to mean not valid or a person who is not capable. Patient’s primary synonym is derived from… Continue Reading “A Word on Wednesday: Patient”
Awareness is a noun; it is the state or condition of being aware; having knowledge; consciousness. Its synonym, mindful. Its antonym, oblivious. For decades, organizations have claimed colors and months to bring awareness to a particular disease or cause. Awareness… Continue Reading “A Word on Wednesday: Awareness”
Jettison can be used as a noun or a verb.The action jettison is to cast items overboard to improve stability. A crew jettisons luggage after an emergency is declared as a life-saving measure. In America, this word’s primary definition refers to ridding cargo and… Continue Reading “A Word on Wednesday: Jettison”
Should is a word I am attempting to BANISH! from my vocabulary. Should sows procrastination. Should breeds dread. Should reeks of judgement.Should is classified as an auxiliary verb, with meanings including must and ought. Auxiliary verbs are used in forming tenses, moods, and voices… Continue Reading “A Word on Wednesday: Should”
You will not find “onward” on a compass rose. No one is sure where it goes. Yet, I find tomorrow each time I move in its direction. Onward is often and always the only way to go.
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”
Using the verb suffer with an object is one of my word choice pet peeves. The culprit is the acceptable definition No. 5: “to undergo, be subjected to, or endure (pain, distress, injury, or anything unpleasantness).Consider when the object of the sentence is an illness: She suffers from diabetes.… Continue Reading “A Word on Wednesday: Suffer”
On this day in my history, I was hospitalized for a psychotic break. I didn’t know it at the time; I thought I was going to a birthday party rather than the ICU of a psychiatric care center. Today’s five-year, post-breakdown anniversary is a… Continue Reading “Alleluia”