FABLE: a short tale to teach a moral lesson,


I had a project I was working on this week for which it was important to reference the word fable.  It occurred to me that it is a word that was common a number of years ago, but may not be so familiar in today’s world.  The idea of a fantasy story with animals as […]

POCKET KNIFE: A short piece I wrote a while ago. Enjoy this fictional account.

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 Pocket Knife                                                                                 Jed Waverly I.                    Gram was 82 years old that Christmas.  She said it was probably her last one with us, so she wanted to do something special.   The fact is that Gram had said this every year for the past five or six […]

WORD PATRONAGE: self-referential clarifications made in the context of writing or speaking

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I was thumbing through Garner’s Modern American Usage the other day looking for something for a piece I was writing.   I turned a page and saw an item listed which intrigued me.  It was Word Patronage.   I was curious what it was all about, and discovered that it was something that related to my own […]

WRITER: an author or journalist

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It has taken me some time before I was able to identify myself as a writer…at least with some comfort.  I would squeeze out the word through tense lips at times, but for the most part, it was something I knew I was seeking to attain, but hadn’t quite arrived.  I think I was laboring […]

OBFUSCATE [OB-fuh-skeyt]: to make obscure, foggy or unclear


To intentionally obfuscate an issue is to do something that makes it nearly impossible for someone to see the point clearly.  It is to insert fogginess into something that should be quite clear.  It is a malicious act to confuse and bewilder someone. Obfuscation is a word which comes from “late Latin,”  that segment of […]

COUNTER-INTUITIVE: not agreeing with what seems right or natural


Our minds are programmed in such a way that when we click on a topic or subject we expect a specific response to appear. For instance, if we think “grandmother” we expect an image of our grandmother to appear in our mind.  If, however, an image of our first dog appears, it is counter-intuitive.   That’s […]