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I hear the susurrus of the lazy breeze…

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.

Origin: Susurrus comes from the Latin susurrus, “a murmuring, a whispering, a humming.”

Photography by Jodi Cattell

Our qualia, is the only thing…


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

qualia (KWAH-lee-uh) noun:
1. A quality, as bitterness, regarded as an independent object.
2. A sense-datum or feeling having a distinctive quality.

Photography by Calynne Breunig (@JillCards)


Today was my birthday…

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

this crop is aliquantly…

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.

Origin: Aliquant stems from the Latin roots ali- meaning “differently” and quantus meaning “great.”

Photography by: Dee Dee Sorg (@JillCards)

A tractate for the history books…

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.

Origin: Tractate comes from the Medieval Latin word tractātus meaning “a handling, treatment.”

Photography by: Jill Sorg (@JillCards)

Stay on track…don’t stymie

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.

Origin: Stymie is of unknown origin. It came into common usage in the 1830s, before the rise of golf as a popular game.

Photography by: Jill Sorg (@JillCards)

The gallant days…

Oh, those were days of power, gallant days, biking here and there. That Dyna was a beautiful friend. I thought sharing a picture of my first bike on this Holiday, would be fitting!

gallant \ GAL-uhnt \
1. Brave, spirited, noble-minded, or chivalrous: a gallant knight; a gallant rescue attempt.
2. Exceptionally polite and attentive to women; courtly.
3. Stately; grand: a gallant pageant.
1. A brave, noble-minded, or chivalrous man.
2. A man exceptionally attentive to women.
3. A stylish and dashing man.

Origin: Related to the word gala , gallant stems from the Old French word galer meaning “to amuse oneself, to make merry.”

I imagined the surfeit of…

As I peered at the old barn, I imagined the surfeit of blood, sweat & tears that has been put into that American Flag. Not in the process of painting the flag on the old barn boards, but the surfeit of hearts from all our military men & women. They ALL are the reason we are able to celebrate the USA’s birthday! Thank you, each & every one of you!!!

surfeit \ SUR-fit \
1. Excess; an excessive amount: a surfeit of speechmaking.
2. Excess or overindulgence in eating or drinking.
3. An uncomfortably full or crapulous feeling due to excessive eating or drinking.
4. General disgust caused by excess or satiety.
1. To bring to a state of surfeit by excess of food or drink.
2. To supply with anything to excess or satiety; satiate.

Origin: Surfeit is a very old English word. It is recorded as early as 1393. It comes from the Latin roots sur- meaning “over” and facere meaning “to do.”

Photography by: Dee Dee Sorg (@JillCards)

Fireworks always emit a glutch…

The Fourth of July festivities, complete with fireworks, always emits a glutch, for me. My heart swells with true American Pride!

glutch \ gluhch \
1. to swallow.
1. a mouthful.

Origin: Glutch is of unknown origin. It was first used in southwestern England in the early 1800s.

Photography by: Dee Dee Sorg (@JillCards)

Each day is an instauration…

Each day is an instauration. Live it to it’s fullest!

instauration \ in-staw-REY-shuhn \, noun;
1. Renewal; restoration; renovation; repair.
2. Obsolete . An act of instituting something; establishment.

Origin: Instauration is derived from the Latin word instaurātiōn- which meant “a renewing” or “repeating”.

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