Thoughts…

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tonight shawn and I saw the movie Tomorrowland. It’s a beautiful movie with a great message. But I would just like to leave you with these thoughts:

1) dreamers rule the world. Think outside the box!!

2) why is the future lack emotion? Haven’t they figured it out that emotional-less always gets distracted and emplodes on itself? Just saying (my alternative universe is based on the premise that emotions are valuable and reveal true humanity. Technology is used to advance the stabilization of the emotional well-being. 

3) its 2015…where are our flying cars people? (Shawn said this best) that being said-where are the jet packs for everyone and the automated travel?

4) what’s with robots? Seriously-haven’t we learned robots can rule the world? Geez….

Improving vocabulary 

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For a few years I have tried including words meanings from other languages in a category I called “word woche.” It came from the German word for “week” and it was an attempt to define random words. While I love learning a new language and understanding its history and its usage–I realized that there are several words in the English language as well that provide intriguing stories and histories. And since people only need a small dosage of this knowledge 😉 (unless you’re like me), I decided to rename the category and give it more of an afterthought concept.

So–here it is–the new and improved word whistles. And in honor of the new category, let’s look at the word 

WHISTLE: 

Webster’s dictionary defines a “whistle” as: 

1 a :a small wind instrument in which sound is produced by the forcible passage of breath through a slit in a short tube <a police whistle>

b :a device through which air or steam is forced into a cavity or against a thin edge to produce a loud sound <a factory whistle>

2 a :a shrill clear sound produced by forcing breath out or air in through the puckered lips

b :the sound produced by a whistle

c :a signal given by or as if by whistling

(http://i.word.com/idictionary/whistle)

The word’s etymology is very interesting actually. It has Germanic, Norse and Danish roots coming from a similar word “to hiss” since the action of pushing breath through your lips or teeth is a hissing action as well.   This definition and history also covers the verb to whistle and another word whisper. The hissing action is closely related to the hissing or a serpent or snake.  No wonder some people cannot stand it!  Clean as a whistle or wet one’s whistle are phrases that are about cleansing a person’s vocal chords with water or drink since the whisper or whistle are like breathe cleaning or wetting your throat with air. Maybe this explains why people whistle as a way to clear their mind.   

For dogs, whistling can even hurt their ears since it is a high pitched sound and their hearing is more affected than a human’s hearing.  

🎶🎶🎶enjoy your whistling🎶🎶🎶

  

Delicious! by Ruth Reichl

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Delicious Book Cover

Hello everyone!  I know it has been a while, but I thought I get back to writing book reviews. Especially since I have become active again in my church’s book group and who for I am utterly grateful for introducing me to the wide world of books–from novel to non-fiction, both books I thoroughly enjoy and books I would probably never pick up if it had not been for the group.

 

For May, our group read  “Delicious!” by Ruth Reichl. Ruth is a editor-in-chief for Gourmet magazine and for a living writes about food.  In this book, she writes about Billie Breslin, a writer, who moved across the country to become a part of a famous food magazine Delicious! Over the course of the book, we learn that it is food that ties everyone together, that cooking is more than just something one may be good at and that digging a little deeper into the heart and souls of others is what really makes a meal special.

Overall, the book has an easy feel to it. But as you approach the climax of the story, you realize to get to this point, you have traveled with Billie through twists and turns in the plot you never expected.  Those wonderful “surprises” can be a hindrance–as they can lead down a subplot that could almost become its own story until you realize you are still within the pages of the same book. Initially it does not grasp you until you follow Billie around on her first day of work.  That is when Reichl really starts running.  It is a beautiful story for any adult, young or old, as there is something to relate to everyone’s journey no matter what point they are in their life.  Or what foods you have enjoyed

 

Goodread Stars: 5 out of 5 (probably should be a 4 but i really did enjoy it immensely!)

Adventures In Writing

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small tidbits before they jump ship to my upcoming phoenix-spirit.com website

Reading Records

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Moving and restructuring some categories…

check out the new Book Review Page 🙂