[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.”


[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.”

Must see, must read, must sip list: hikes, bookstores, and coffee shops in Estes Park, CO

Estes Park, CO houses all you could ever want and you might start looking for real estate. Estes (pronounced “Est-is”, not “Est-ees”) has the rockiest mountains, Colorado’s largest collection of whiskey, the strongest coffee, and the friendliest folks (though I’m here in April and not during the summer tourist overload; the friendliness might decrease by July). TheContinue reading “Must see, must read, must sip list: hikes, bookstores, and coffee shops in Estes Park, CO”


[bee-mish] adjective bright, cheerful, and optimistic. Oregonian hosts have been over the top lovely..as in, homemade waffles, Americanos, a handmade satchel gift, curry dishes, enriching conversation, snacks to go, and so many hiking suggestions kind of lovely. Oregon has made me positively beamish. I’m now in Bend, staying with a friend of a friend whom I had never met.Continue reading “beamish.”


[mag-nil–uh-kwuh nt] adjective speaking or expressed in a lofty or grandiose style; pompous; bombastic; boastful. I’m in Corvallis, OR with two of the most extraordinary people I know. They had to work today and gave me a piece of paper full of bookstore and coffee house recommendations. It’s been a wonderful day and I’m looking forward to our brewery visit this evening. So many beverages, books,Continue reading “magniloquent.”


\ soh-DAL-i-tee, suh- \  , noun;  1. fellowship; comradeship. 2. an association or society; Roman Catholic Church . a lay society for religious and charitable purposes. Dream catchers hang in the windows next to oranges with cloves stuck in them. The wood stove heats the three bedroom house and the three dogs compete for the spot right in front of it. The coffee is half caf so we all drink twice as much. Rachel makes herContinue reading “sodality.”


\ PAB-yuh-luhm \  , noun;  material for intellectual nourishment. somethingthatnourishes an animal or vegetable organism; food; nutriment. pablum. I think my mental pabulum is being in a different place physically. It’s too easy to be in your routine at the same place you wake up every morning. It’s almost abnormal to go sit outside and read and write because I have to watch recorded Ellen shows andContinue reading “pabulum.”


\ GEYP-seed, GAP- \  , noun;  1. British Dialect . a person who gapes or stares in wonder, especially a rustic or unworldly person who is easily awed. 2. British Dialect . a daydream or reverie. 3. British Dialect . an idealistic, impossible, or unreal plan or goal. 4. British Dialect . something that is gaped at; anything unusual orContinue reading “gapeseed.”


\ KREYP-hang-er \  , noun;  1.a person who sees the gloomy side of things; pessimist. It’s really easy to be a crapehanger. I mean, if you’ve already had half of your Americano, you know there’s only half left and that’s a gloomy realization. As I was driving to work, I was stuck behind someone from Illinois. We were going 40 mph in a 60 mph limit zone.Continue reading “crapehanger.”