the word herder

it’s another tough day on the range the bright light of a monitor blasts my face while the harsh glare of fluorescent bulbs beats down on my unkempt hair i strain my eyes and crane my neck trying to spot my quarry amid a dense thicket of display text i’m after a stray comma —…

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“what strange accents burst upon my astonished ear?”

i’ve long been interested in accents and dialects, especially from the british isles. i took a theatre class in that once upon a time, actually. if you’re at all familiar with british dialects you’ll know the folks in yorkshire have a particular, peculiar, unmistakable and absolutely wonderful accent. the secret garden, by frances hodgson burnett,…

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infinite, incarnate

the sky is darkened confined, time-bound by a veil of cloud only a single star can pierce through. so sometimes i feel constricted, limited by the selective world of my own mind and long for something someone to shatter my smoke-glass ceiling so i can see the stars. i am very small, 100 trillion cells…

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and noun you know

hey! boycott that maverick leotard-wearing silhouette — he’s eating a sandwich in a lamborghini, for pete’s sake! oh no, wait  — it gets even worse! his wife’s sitting next to him in a cardigan and bloomers, combing the shrapnel out of his sideburns. pull on your wellington boots and rev up your zeppelins, boys; i…

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see with your ears and hear with your eyes

i have a friend who has a lot of mind and a lot of heart. once upon a time this friend said something about hearing God’s voice that … well, made my heart hurt a little bit. i’m reading notes from the tilt-a-whirl by n.d. wilson right now, and the following passage from the chapter…

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bewilderness

have you ever been in the bewilderness? maybe i should explain what it is. “bewilderness” is sort of a portmanteau that i coined during dinner tonight. its contributing parts are “wilderness” and “bewilderment.” “bewilder” means “to cause to lose one’s bearings,” or “to perplex or confuse especially by a complexity, variety, or multitude of objects or…

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say what? — part ii

after i wrote about my predilection for not talking much in certain settings, i thought i should clarify a couple of things: 1. i love people. 2. i love to talk. (imagine that i have grinned.) i mention these two things because — a. i am not always very demonstrative (“ancora imparo,” to explain it in…

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