Tag: Hope

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”

A Word on Wednesday: Bliss

American mythologist Joseph Campbell (1904-1987) has this to say about bliss:  “When you follow your bliss  … doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors and where there wouldn’t be a door for anyone else.”  The cynic will dismiss bliss, mocking… Continue Reading “A Word on Wednesday: Bliss”

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: 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”

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”

A Word on Wednesday: Restore

Today, I celebrate the word restore.  Photo Credit The verb restore is one to use in prose, poetry, and conversation. It is precise in its promise of righting wrongs. The practice of restoring requires faith in bringing back the authenticity of the original. Restoring provides… Continue Reading “A Word on Wednesday: Restore”

A Word on Wednesday: Suffer

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”

A novel walk

I snapped the following pictures on the Ice Age Trail in Manitowoc, Wis. around 9 a.m. this morning. The scenery is inspiration for a fictional setting in my novel in progress. Enjoy the view, my friends. And, forgive my amateur photography skills.    … Continue Reading “A novel walk”

Alleluia

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”