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There must be hundreds or thousands of better words that qualify for the “C” entry in our alphabetical endeavors. However, there are enough meanings to this word to make it interesting and this word definitely gives me license to vent.

On TV, there is a commercial where the guys says he is spending six dollars a day for a burger and for that same price, he can get a truck. If I were saying this out loud, I would pause here for effect! 

Seriously, there is someone willing to go on television and tell us that his life is so miserable that he is willing to eat a six dollar burger every day? What does he do? Where are his parents? Who let him out? Did no one tell him that there are other foods available for lunch? Has he considered a salad, a burrito, sushi, a hot dog, or some other variation on a sandwich? Why, please someone tell me, would anyone eat a burger every day for lunch? If I drive the same truck as he does, does that suggest I suffer from the same lack of imagination?

Inquiring minds want to know.

Because It’s Easy

The hard part is deciding which of so many available words to use. And, I feel like I’m cheating, because my dictionary is somewhere else as I write this. Because purity still matters, let me go get that.

OK, here it is. “B words” begin on page 148, with “ba”, defined as an aspect of the soul, represented as a human-headed bird;  from Egyptian Religion. Wiktionary has it backwards, as they say, “represented as a bird-headed figure.” So, maybe hard copy is the way to go here….

My reference source is; Webster’s Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, New Deluxe Edition, from Thunder Bay Press. So, I think I’m going to believe the definitions shown in this book, over those I find on the Internet. This opens an argument, I suppose, about the validity of online information. As in, you’d better check it, before you believe it.

The “B words” end on page 288, (abbreviations not included) with the word, “byzant” – which means; (in Romanesque Architecture) any of a number of disklike ornaments, similar in form to the classical patera, used esp. on the faces of archivolts. So now, we have to look up patera and archivolts.

Maybe we use archivolt 25 days from now, if we go around another loop of the alphabet. Oh, alright; it has something to do with a vaulted arch. Can you see it now?

Bye, because, Brian being behind brings bitter boo’s between buddies.


Look It Up

When I was a kid, “look it up” meant breaking out the dictionary, or consulting the volumes of an encyclopedia for answers. Today, we have Google, Wikipedia, Answers, and probably hundreds of other online resources to find answers to our queries.

So, what? So, if you need to find a topic to feed your need to write, you now have at least a thousand fold resources at your fingertips as I did as a kid (more than 40 years ago now, if you want to know).

So, here’s the thing. I’m looking for something to write about every day. For this purpose, I could easily go back to the roots and consult the dictionary for a new word each day. If I start with a word that begins with the letter “A” and work through to “Z”, I’ll nearly fill an entire month of articles for my blog.

In that regard, let us begin with: Anachronism

As in, if you are still consulting hard copy as your only reference, you may be considered, “anachronistic.” You are, by definition, out of time.


Reading Beautiful Prose

Maybe it’s luck, or maybe we make our own luck. Either way, I have the privilege of being associated with the Palm Springs Writers Guild. There, I’ve made a few contacts and some have become customers.

One is a published author (now) and he has to his credit a book I’ve enjoyed for the past several weeks. Although I could simply read right through it, I’m savoring each chapter and every page. 

I have permission from the author, Paul F. Clark, to quote directly from the text, so here you’ll see what I mean, when I say; This Victorian Woman (Mary Teagarden Clark) really knows how to tell and illustrate a story with her words.

This passage is on page 79:

“The next visitor was the children’s tall grandfather [Abraham Teagarden], who like all truly great souls, made himself a child with them. An ardent lover of flowers, he enjoyed their garden and sat for hours by the playhouse, listening to their childish chatter, for like many children, they had most vivid imaginations. And he, long in the storm and stress of life, gladly laid down his many burdens to enjoy the young life which had come to cheer his later years.”

I’ll paraphrase Bob Dylan here; “You can’t write that.” It seems like divine inspiration. Except that there are many passages just like this throughout the text. This is reason enough to take it in slowly. There are many pages of notes by the editor/author, on the historical facts that support the stories Mary Teagarden Clark tells. Hers is the memoir and the book is her great-grandson’s work of art.

I’m going to write more of this. There are many pages and paragraphs that move me, often nearly to tears, with the insight and beautiful phrasing carefully crafted to paint the picture of so many scenes. You’ll see.

This is no cliffhanger. The book; “Pioneer Ranch Life in Orange” is available from many sources.
The author, Paul F. Clark, will soon have a live website that will showcase his many talents.

For now, buy the book and enjoy a good read.