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 […]

ENGENDER: bring or come into being


The act of creating is a sensation which is incomparable.   Whether it be parents who celebrate the birth of a child, an author who publishes a new novel, a stage company who open a new show, a carpenter who finishes a deck, or a child who brings a school-made valentine home to Mom, creation is […]

MEMORIAL: an object to reflect the memory of someone, such as a plaque or tombstone

memorial photo

Every day I go through an intersection at the corner of Smith Street and Oakland Street in Providence.  It is just an ordinary intersection joining two streets in the Smith Hill section of the city, just up the hill from the State House.  It is a mixed use neighborhood with multi-family homes, offices, and a […]

The Penultimate Posting: Tomorrow will be my 1,000th Blog Posting!

In October, 2009, I posted my first ever blog posting along with a promise that it would be the first posted every day.   Except for a couple of days when I was in the hospital and one when my technology failed, I’ve kept that promise and TOMORROW, AUGUST 29, 20112, WILL BE MY 1,000th POSTING […]

SPAM: no longer a canned mystery meat

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GRASPING AT STRAWS: putting faith in potential rescues that can’t deliver

Figures of speech come easily to the speaker or the writer, but we seldom take the time to figure out what they meant originally.   A good example is today’s “word”, grasping at straws. The best answer I can find is that it refers to a person who is drowning who grabs for the straws or […]