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A Word on Wednesday: Discovery

A discovery is an act or instance of discovering. Discovery also refers to the thing, which has been discovered. The discovery does not need to be something new in order to be discovered. Only new to the seeker.I hope to routinely discover glimmers of… Continue Reading “A Word on Wednesday: Discovery”

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: 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: 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: 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: Recovery

I decided to wrap up my Mental Health series with the word recovery. The word recovery dates to the mid Fourteenth Century, from the Anglo-French recoverie; it speaks to a “return to health.” Contemporary usage considers recovery as the act of recovering. This first definition… Continue Reading “A Word on Wednesday: Recovery”

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: Awareness

  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”

A Word on Wednesday: Jettison

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”

A Word on Wednesday: Should

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”