[bon-uh–mee, bon–uh-mee; French baw-naw-mee] noun frank and simple good-heartedness; a good-natured manner; friendliness; geniality. Frank and simple good-heartedness. I type this out and just sit and stare at it with a smile. It warms the cockles (as Trish would say). Frank and simple. Not overanalyzed, not complicated, just old-fashioned good-heartedness. Assuming the best about people. Letting benefit defeat doubt. Holding doors, buying coffees, shoveling snowyContinue reading “bonhomie.”


[ker-floo-ee] adverb, go kerflooey to cease functioning, especially suddenly and completely fall apart; fail. I don’t wake up easily. Alarms make my skin crawl. So I’m thankful for an evening job. I wake up because my body feels ready for it at 9:00, knowing there’s fresh snow everywhere. I get out of bed, start boiling the water, and get a fire going by the time theContinue reading “kerflooey.”


[spoo-nuh-riz-uh m] noun the transposition of initial or other sounds of words, usually by accident, as in a blushing crow for a crushing blow. Dord of the way! The fow  is snalling and I bapped on my stroots and walked to Barstucks for a cup of coffee, a Bristmas Chlend. Mmm. Up to twelve inches are expected and I’m going to have to sluy a bed! A bright sled red.


[hee-lee-ol–uh-tree] noun worship of the sun. After leaving a highly air conditioned restaurant, I went outside, stood in the sun, and closed my eyes and savored how the sun felt as my goosebumps diminished. I then checked the Word of the Day and laughed when I read the meaning. The weather in Colorado has been so lovely; theContinue reading “heliolatry.”


[sak-sik–uh-lin, -lahyn] adjective, Botany, Zoology living or growing among rocks. I sat in the sunshine at a coffee shop called The Daily Dose in Crested Butte and enjoyed about half my daily dose of caffeine. I shared a campsite with a father and his son last night and I could not have enjoyed myself more. The campground was full and theyContinue reading “saxicoline.”


[uhn-ree-al-i-tee] noun, plural unrealities. 1. lack of reality; quality of being unreal. 2. something that is unreal, invalid, imaginary, or illusory. 3. incompetence or impracticality, especially in everyday matters. Ever since my note was delivered to the barista to give to Derek Jeter, I’ve wondered if he’s received it. I got to stop wondering yesterday. The door bell to Tampa BayContinue reading “unreality.”


[ik-stem-puh-rahyz] verb (used without object), extemporized, extemporizing. 1. to speak extemporaneously. 2. to sing, or play on an instrument, composing the music as one proceeds; improvise. 3. to do or manage something in a makeshift way. verb (used with object), extemporized, extemporizing. 4. to make or devise extempore. 5. Music. to compose offhand; improvise. Derek Jeter has been at theContinue reading “extemporize.”


[kwid-nuhngk] noun a person who is eager to know the latest news and gossip; a gossip or busybody. Did you guys hear the news about the quidnunc? Yeah, me neither. I try to not be one. I know at times though, I soak it up like a brand new sponge that’s been waiting for a purpose. Usually when I’m sitting at a coffee house alone, I can’t help butContinue reading “quidnunc.”


[ruhb-er-nek] Informal. verb 1. to look about or stare with great curiosity, as by craning the neck or turning the head. noun, Also, rubbernecker: 2. a sightseer; tourist. 3. an extremely curious person. I am not a Yankee fan, but I am a Derek Jeter fan. He’s a handsome son of a gun with a good heart (I guess I don’t know that really, but who will disagree?) When he retired, the tribute commercials made me cry alongContinue reading “rubberneck.”