Category Archives: Word-of-the-Day
Sometimes when I sit quietly on the shore, anticipating silence, I hear the susurrus of the lazy breeze.
It’s only then that I realize the serenity of that sound!
susurrus \su-SUHR-uhs\ , noun:
1. A whispering or rustling sound; a murmur.
He points out that our subjective experiences — our qualia — are the only thing each of us is really sure of, that all else is speculation.
— Jenny McPhee, The Center of Things
Photography by Calynne Breunig (@JillCards)
No doubt about it, we will NOT have to beguile anyone this weekend! The upcoming 27th annual MDA Freedom Ride is going to be a spectacular one!
beguile \ bih-GAHYL \, verb;
1. To influence by trickery, flattery, etc.; mislead; delude.
2. To take away from by cheating or deceiving (usually followed by of): to be beguiled of money.
3. To charm or divert: a multitude of attractions to beguile the tourist.
4. To pass (time) pleasantly: beguiling the long afternoon with a good book.
On the 27th annual MDA Freedom Ride, our only requisition was, “We ride for those who can’t but someday will…with your help”.
This is why we pull together as a biker community and ride in the MDA Freedom Ride!
requisition \ rek-wuh-ZISH-uhn \
1. A demand made.
2. The act of requiring or demanding.
3. An authoritative or formal demand for something to be done, given, supplied, etc.: The general issued a requisition to the townspeople for eight trucks.
4. A written request or order for something, as supplies.
1. To require or take for use; press into service.
2. To demand or take, as by authority, for military purposes, public needs, etc.: to requisition supplies.
Today was my birthday, and my family & friends made is a day I would never forget. Thank you!!!
birth·day [burth-dey], noun;
1. The anniversary of a birth.
2. The day of a person’s birth.
3. A day marking or commemorating the origin, founding, or beginning of something.
4. The festivities or celebration marking such a day or anniversary.
Origin: 1350–1400; Middle English; see birth, day
In 2004, I was out in Irish Valley (Plain, WI), walking the creek, and I happened upon this clearing just beyond the trees. I had a good “rest” while watching the scherzando horses, kicking up their heels & frolicking about. I love spying on nature and all the creatures within!
scherzando \skert-SAHN-doh\, adjective:
1. Playful; sportive.
Origin: Scherzando comes from the Italian word scherzare meaning “to joke.” It entered English in the early 1800s.
Photography by Jill Sorg (@JillCards)
I followed the creek around the bend, for about a thousand paces, until I come to the hypethral . There, I found a sight so wonderful, I never wanted to leave….
hypethral \ hi-PEE-thruhl \, adjective;
1. (Of a classical building) wholly or partly open to the sky.
Origin: Hypethral stems from the Greek roots hyp- which means “under” and aîthros meaning “clear sky.”
Photography by: Dee Dee Sorg (@JillCards)
This wheat field seemed to survive our early summer drought. However, this crop is aliquantly unproportionate to the overall growing season, for this year. We need rain so very badly!
aliquant \ AL-i-kwuhnt \, adjective;
1. Contained in a number or quantity, but not dividing it evenly: An aliquant part of 16 is 5.
I found this barn by Devil Head Ski Resort in Merrimac, WI. It has quite a nostalgic appeal that I wouldn’t be surprised if it were to become a tractate in future history books.
And it looks cool. With 100+ degree temps for as long as we’ve had, I’ll take it…even if its only in a picture!
tractate \ TRAK-teyt \, noun;
1. A treatise; essay.
When you come to a point on the tracks of life, don’t stymie. Rationally think things through, and then go with your “gut” feeling. Once you make a decision on which path to take, GIVE IT ALL YOU GOT!
stymie \ STAHY-mee \
1. To hinder, block, or thwart.
1. Golf. (On a putting green) an instance of a ball’s lying on a direct line between the cup and the ball of an opponent about to putt.
2. A situation or problem presenting such difficulties as to discourage or defeat any attempt to deal with or resolve it.