Archive | September, 2013

Sunday Solecism: Ain’t no Sunshine

30 Sep

Another new word for me. I would have thought a solecism would be doing or saying something all by yourself. Obviously, a lot of people make verbal faux pas statements in front of a lot of other people. Just glad that I’m not alone.
so·le·cism\ˈsä-lə-ˌsi-zəm, ˈsō-\
1 : an ungrammatical combination of words in a sentence; also : a minor blunder in speech
2 : something deviating from the proper, normal, or accepted order
3 : a breach of etiquette or decorum
so·le·cis·tic \ˌsä-lə-ˈsis-tik, ˌsō-\ adjective
the solecism of asking one’s hosts how much something in their house cost them
Origin: Latin soloecismus, from Greek soloikismos, from soloikos speaking incorrectly, literally, inhabitant of Soloi, from Soloi, city in ancient Cilicia where a substandard form of Attic was spoken.
First use: circa 1555
Synonyms: familiarity, faux pas, gaff, gaffe, indiscretion, impropriety
Antonyms: amenity, attention, civility, courtesy, formality, gesture, pleasantry
Gerry Brown
The private enterprise system indicates that some people have higher incomes than others.

Dan Quayle
It isn’t pollution that is hurting the environment; it’s the impurities in our air and water that are doing it.

Gib Lewis
I cannot tell you how grateful I am. I am filled with humidity.

Richard Nixon
I was under medication when I made the decision to burn the tapes.

George Bush
I have opinions of my own… strong opinions… but I don’t always agree with them.

Wally Hickel
You can’t just let nature run wild.

Dan Quayle
What a waste it is to lose one’s mind. Or not to have a mind is being very wasteful. How true that is.

Lee Iacocca
We’ve got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean air do we need?

Samuel Goldwyn
A verbal contract is not worth the paper it’s written on.

Brooke Shields
If you’re killed, you’ve lost a very important part of your life.

Bill Gates
(In the year 1981) 640K ought to be enough for anybody.

Dan Quayle
For NASA, space is still a high priority.

George W Bush
And there’s no doubt in my mind, not one doubt in my mind… that we will fail.

Dan Quayle
Hawaii is a unique state. It is a small state. It is a state that is by itself. It is a… it is different from the other 49 states. Well, all states are different, but it’s got a particularly unique situation.

Joe Theisman
The word ‘genius’ isn’t applicable in football. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein.

George Wallace
I’ve read about foreign policy and studied, I now know the number of continents.

Colonel Gerald Wellman
We don’t necessarily discriminate. We simply exclude certain types of people.

Charles De Gaulle
China is a big country, inhabited by many Chinese.

Nancy Reagan
I believe there would be many people alive today if there were a death penalty.


Sanative Soggy Saturday

29 Sep

Healing rain is a real touch from God. It could be physical healing or emotional or whatever.
Michael W Smith quotes
North Texas has been in dire need of rain, so when the clouds threatened the Octoberfest activities on the square in McKinney today, no one seemed to care. The skies opened up and poured in the afternoon. These sanative rains soaked the streets and put a slight “damper” or “dampened” many activities, but little price to pay.
: having the power to cure or heal : curative, restorative
there’s nothing like the sanative value of a good night’s sleep
Origin: Middle English sanatif, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin sanativus, from Latin sanatus, past participle of sanare to cure, from sanus healthy.
First use: 15th century
Synonyms: good, healthy, medicinal, restorative, salubrious, salutary, salutiferous, healthful, tonic, wholesome
Antonyms: insalubrious, noxious, unhealthful, unhealthy, unwholesome


Dark skies threatened.

The children had a wonderful time.

The firefighters from Station #1 were on hand in case of an emergency or perhaps some children wanted to climb on the truck.

Plenty of music, beer, bratwurst and fun!

Fractious Friday

28 Sep

What started out as a delightful day turned into a fractious Friday. (New word for me) I woke up a little concerned about more leg pain and tightness in my chest. I tried to brush it off, but friends and family suggested that I call my doctor. Her office called back and set up appointments at Baylor Hospital for some tests. The good news is, they let me go home and I didn’t end up in the ER like in July. Yes, it was troublesome, and I will still worry until I find out the results on Monday, but I took action and got checked out. Who knows what could have happened? Therefore, I feel truly blessed.

1 : tending to be troublesome : unruly
2 : quarrelsome, irritable
frac·tious·ly adverb
frac·tious·ness noun
Origin: fraction (discord) + -ous.
First use: 1714



The sad part is some folks won’t get this. Now, that’s trouble!

Theme Song Thursday

26 Sep

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.
Dalai Lama
I’m so glad that I can “get by with a little help from my friends.” And family, too, of course.


Wednesday Words of Wisdom

26 Sep

The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.
Paul Valery
Sometimes I’m not sure if I am awake or dreaming. So, I guess all I can do is live a good dream and not worry about it. Very philosophical, isn’t it?

In my dreams, I hope to write my best selling book and have my artwork and hand-painted glassware become very sought after. That’s a good dream! Don’t wake me up!


Tocsin Tuesday

25 Sep

Every test successfully met is rewarded by some growth in intuitive knowledge, strengthening of character, or initiation into a higher consciousness. – Paul Brunton, The Notebooks of Paul Brunton
Never ignore your inner voice, that little feeling that warns you when something isn’t right. We all have that internal tocsin to keep us from harm. I’m glad I listen to mine.
Another new word for me.
1 : an alarm bell or the ringing of it
2 : a warning signal
the tocsin rang out, warning us of the approaching tornado
noted that a sudden drop in a student’s grades may be a tocsin of a serious personal problem
Origin: Middle French toquassen, from Old Occitan tocasenh, from tocar to touch, ring a bell (from Vulgar Latin *toccare) + senh sign, bell, from Medieval Latin & Latin signum; Medieval Latin, bell, from Late Latin, ringing of a bell, from Latin, mark, sign — more at touch, sign.
First use: 1586
Synonyms: flag, signal


Montage Monday: Out With The Old, In With The New

23 Sep

Another week in a peek. Some old things are gone, some new things have arrived. Hope springs eternal.