Tag: Wisconsin

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…

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: Caesura

Caesura is the main pause of a poem. The word originates from 16th Century Latin, literally translating to a cutting, from caedere to cut.   The stop or pause in a metrical line, is often marked by punctuation or by a grammatical boundary, such as…

Word on Wednesday: Poet Laureate

April is National Poetry Month, so declared in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets. That organization claims the month of April has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.  …

A Word on Wednesday: Guilt

Shame: Who I am is not okay. Guilt: What I do is not okay.   Growing up Catholic, I developed a misunderstanding of shame. The Catholic Church often gets blamed for this, and it is certainly not the only place one learns shame and…

A Word on Wednesday: Novel

Novel, noun:       a fictitious prose narrative of considerable length and complexity, portraying  characters and usually presenting a sequential organization of action and scenes.     Writing a novel has eluded me. And it’s not for lack of want. It is, to be honest, for lack of wanting it enough. I am, you see, a real fine starter. I’m 36,000 words…

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…

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…

Verse on Groundhog Day

Lake Michigan Feb. 2, 2017 Six More Weeks Hope peeks for cloudy skies; Fearful of sun’s reach To cast one’s own darkness. Ugly. Timid. Rodent. Watchful for the brightness, Frightened by his shadow, Turns inward for a stay.

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),…