non-fiction collection just happened to end up this way, with books on military
juxtaposed to those on religion. It got me thinking about all the wars
throughout the history of our so-called civilized world. Is it indeed civilized
when governments force their people to think in a particular way? That they
disallow questions? That they conflate church and state? I hope our education system
will continue to emphasize the importance of critical thinking, of empowering
students, of encouraging resilience.
This word heard from early
childhood will always remind me of my mom Glorya and her sister Boots. To them, ‘splurge’
usually meant paying full price for something. It could also be a trinket they
bought for themselves after finding
thoughtful gifts for everyone else. Thank you, Tina H., for using this word and
taking me back in time.
In the spirit of this
word’s Proto-Indo-European root, *(s)pen-,
may we draw upon our united strength
to stretch our thinking and help spin our country in a positive
direction. While today’s Google doodle might reflect our amazing national park
system, one might also contemplate the resilience of nature. And how is our
current political climate affecting the world?
Wow. This was a
stretch, with that letter ‘x’ and the definition of ‘xenial.’ It means being ‘hospitable,’
especially to strangers, but I couldn’t find definitive information about stone
channels in pyramids – one of the contexts in which this word was introduced to
me – and their function. In any case, composing this one was a fun experience.