Hedychium cryptocoryne

Both words in today’s mashup are plant genii.  The first ‘Hedychium’ is the genus of ginger; it has a quite beautiful flowers.  The second ‘Cryptocoryne’ is a genus of leafy underwater plants favored by aquarium enthusiasts for its bright red leaves, which provide a nice contrast to the bright greens common to most aquarium flora.  Enjoy pictures of both below:

If you missed yesterday’s late night post, check it out at the link below.


Tintinnabulation, a word first coined in 1849 by American poet and author Edgar Allen Poe.  It is a neologism and a portmanteau.  Derived from Latin tinnire – to ring, to tinkle; bulum – affix meaning musical instrument. An onomatopoeia, it means a ringing or tinkling sound.

This word appeared also in the poem “Quietude” by Odin Roark which I shared in yesterday’s post.  This morning, as I woke, I was greeted by ‘tintinnabulation’ in seemingly endless permutations. Continue reading “Tintinnabulation”

Hydrochlorothiazide? | Xerxes

Some days my mind gives me great words like ‘eudaimonia‘ or ‘matriculate’. Today, it decided to give me ‘hydrochlorothiazide’. You may think to yourself, “That sounds dangerous!”  I promise you; it’s not, unless you don’t need it. Continue reading “Hydrochlorothiazide? | Xerxes”

Eudaimonia | Want to be happy?

We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.

Words attributed to Frederick Keonig which speaks to a truth behind human happiness – a healthy practice of Gratitude is essential to happiness.

In Book X of the Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle says that happiness (eudaimonia) is the end of human nature.  Now when he says ‘end’ he doesn’t mean it in any temporal sense, but in the sense of completion or perfection.  In other words, he says that happiness is to be fully human.  What does that mean, “to be fully human”?  Continue reading “Eudaimonia | Want to be happy?”

Mozart’s Great Symphony in G Minor (40th Symphony) K. 550

Composed during several very productive weeks for Mozart, the 40th Symphony, sometimes referred to as the Great Symphony in G minor, is among two other symphonies which he produced within a six week span.  It is one of only two symphonies Mozart composed in minor keys.  Continue reading “Mozart’s Great Symphony in G Minor (40th Symphony) K. 550”


Seven Ancient Wonders

Helicarnassus (Halicarnassus) (modern day Bodrum, Turkey) is an ancient Greek city founded, as best as can be discerned from images of Medusa, Athena, and Poseidon found on its coins, during the Dorian period. These symbols support the hypothesis attributing its founding to Troezen and Argos, Greek cities of the Hexapolis. Inhabitants accepted Anthes, one of Poseidon’s sons, as their founder.

For most, this city brings to mind images of the great Mausoleum, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World; however, by me, it is best known as the birthplace of Herodotus the Greek historian and philosopher. Continue reading “Helicarnassus”

Propinquity… not the Monkees’ song.

I wrote a research paper on the topic of propinquity in interpersonal relationship development as part of an undergraduate sociology course.  At that time MySpace was the big name on the block in what today we call social media, and Facebook was a mere curiosity among college students. Today, there is hardly an area of our lives that social media doesn’t touch upon: from dating to cooking, from staying connected with family and friends to meeting random strangers for God knows what; from sharing photos to selling a handmade quilt.  Continue reading “Propinquity… not the Monkees’ song.”

Apophthegmata Patrum

A brother said to me: “Abba Isaac of Harashu said to me: ‘I visited Abba Sisoes of Petra, the disciple of Abba Anthony, and I asked him saying: “Tell me a word by which I might live.” He said to me: “Go, guard these three works and you will live:  endure insults as glory, misery as riches, love your neighbor as yourself.  And the Lord will be with you; he will make you strong against your enemies.”‘” (Harmless 249)

An appropriate word to have stuck in my head on a Sunday morning, The Apophtegmata Patrum (Sayings of the Fathers) is the Latin title given to the collection of various sayings attributed to the early desert fathers.  
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Matriculate | Crazy He Calls Me

Anyone who knows me, who knows me well, that is, knows about my fascination with language. Mostly self taught, I am reasonably familiar with five of the major Romance Languages: Portuguese, Spanish, French, Provençal,  and Catalan.

My first serious jaunt into learning a new language was in highschool, when my family chose to host their first exchange student.  Aida was from Kyrgyzstan, and although Kyrgyz, a Turkic language, is the official language, she spoke Russian as do many Kyrgyzstanis. Continue reading “Matriculate | Crazy He Calls Me”