“By words the mind is winged”

By words the mind is winged  – Aristophanes, dramatist (c. 448-385 BCE)

I knew that ONE day saving those hundreds of emails from A.W.A.D (A Word A Day – www.wordsmith.org) with beautiful quotes would have a purpose. In preparing to begin The Writer (ps – it IS written and posted as a page now) I was scrolling through the old emails looking for a potent quote to start me off. First of all, out of the five-ish pages of nine that I managed to get through, the majority of the ones I’d saved were about words, books, libraries, or writing. Say something about me?? Secondly, with each one I read, I’d give something between a sigh and a gasp and say to myself, “Ah, this is IT!” and then go onto the next one (because I can never just be happy with the perfect find, I have to make sure there isn’t a MORE perfect find out there) and do the exact same routine again, “This is it!” And so this post became necessary. While the impact of these may be slightly diluted by having them all stacked on top of each other, I just have to get them OUT there!!!


All words are pegs to hang ideas on. -Henry Ward Beecher, preacher and writer (1813-1887)

Words form the thread on which we string our experiences. -Aldous Huxley, novelist (1894-1963)

A word after a word after a word is power. -Margaret Atwood, poet and novelist (b. 1939)

The English language is rather like a monster accordion, stretchable at the whim of the editor, compressible ad lib. -Robert Burchfield, lexicographer (1923-2004)

In words are seen the state of mind and character and disposition of the speaker. -Plutarch, biographer and philosopher (circa 46-120)

Words, like Nature, half reveal and half conceal the Soul within. -Alfred, Lord Tennyson, poet (1809-1892)

Bare lists of words are found suggestive to an imaginative and excited mind. -Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher (1803-1882)

Uttering a word is like striking a note on the keyboard of the imagination. -Ludwig Wittgenstein, philosopher (1889-1951)

For me, words are a form of action, capable of influencing change. -Ingrid Bengis, writer and teacher (b. 1944)

Words are timeless. You should utter them or write them with a knowledge of their timelessness. -Khalil Gibran, mystic, poet, and artist (1883-1931)

Words are things; and a small drop of ink / Falling like dew upon a thought, produces / That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think. -Lord Byron, poet (1788-1824)

One must be drenched in words, literally soaked in them, to have the right ones form themselves into the proper patterns at the right moment. -Hart Crane, poet (1899-1932)

Outlandish Purchases

A bargain is something you can’t use at a price you can’t resist. 

~Franklin P. Jones

The definition of an outlandish buy.

There’s just something about buying an item that you’ll likely never use or wear in your life; that is SO far out of your comfort zone it’s laughable; that completely defies reasonable or practical that is SUCH A RUSH! It’s like breaking all the rules and getting rewarded for it. It’s like that IKEA commercial where she’s yelling “START THE CAR” and you’re waiting for someone to say, “YOU don’t buy things like THAT.” But no.one.does. Others that witness such a purchase are most definitely thinking, “That was utterly ridiculous, a waste of money, and silly….and yet, perfect,” with a tiny twinkle of awe and thoughts of “If only I had dared to be so audacious.” Usually – ok, let’s be realistic, 99% of the time – it’s ME who is bristling with the hidden craving to be bold enough to buy – and maybe even wear – flashy things.

Today, I ventured into that “1% of the the time” and after the third time passing the boots…I just BOUGHT them. I even bargained for them! Thought of you the whole time, sister, and knew you’d be proud that I got $10 boots for just $8. (I thought $7 might be pushing it for my first time.) How brash of me! Hours and hours later, after lunch, a coffee stop, a long drive home, and the usual straight into my comfy wear, I am still smiling with the satisfaction of not instantly caving when she “uuuhhmmmmmm”ed for a moment before accepting my $8 offer. WOO!

Could you find anything more awesome than that?!

Thy only remaining question isn’t WILL I wear them – I’m determined to (and, in fact, already have from the coffee shop to the car!) but are they work appropriate? I’m sure I could find a way….

Thank you for coming!

Hello family, friends, strangers!

Writing, music, and tea. Best ever.

I’m starting this blog, website, journal, whatever you want to call it – nearly blind. I have no real direction or goal aside from the desire to write and share.

After nearly 20 years of the dream of writing creeping around in the corners of my heart and mind, something out there is shouting, DO IT NOW! And it won’t shut up!! It’s no longer creeping in the corners, it’s stomping up and down and across the middle of every part of me. (See “The Writer” …once I write it that is…page for more history of my path to here.)

No idea what’s out there…

…but I’m diving in!

So, while I only have a very vague sense of what I hope to accomplish hovering out there just beyond my reach, I’m starting – before the stomping becomes stampeding. You should too – whatever you’ve been putting off…stop. Do it NOW! I am a model example of putting off challenges and risks for fear of the unknown and possible failure. No more excuses. Do it.


PS. Check out the “About Me” pages if you want to know a little bit more of who I think I am! The Writer, The Teacher, and The Reader still to come…