[fluhm-uh–did-l] noun 1. utter nonsense. 2. worthless frills. The moving process can be refreshing. Getting rid of all the excess that I’ve accumulated over the years makes me feel lighter. So the past few nights, I’ve been going through the flumadiddle. I have trolls made out of pine cones by my alumna friend in Ireland. I haveContinue reading “flumadiddle.”


[pahy-bawld] adjective 1. having patches of black and white or of other colors; parti-colored. noun 2. a piebald animal, especially a horse. It’s amazing how being around people you’re not usually around can expand your horizons. Recently, I looked out at the horizon with visitors from Oregon. We went on a walk in the woods (it’s hardContinue reading “piebald.”


[sting-kuh-roo, sting-kuh-roo] noun, plural stinkaroos. Slang. 1. something markedly inferior in quality. In my humble opinion: Superior: Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel” Stinkaroo: Darius Rucker’s “Wagon Wheel” (still better than no Wheelin’ at all) —————————————————————————————————- Superior: People who pick up trash they see on sidewalks Stinkaroo: People who leave trash on sidewalks —————————————————————————————————- Superior: Frenchy’s RockawayContinue reading “stinkaroo.”


[uh–gran-dahyz, ag-ruh n-dahyz] verb (used with object), aggrandized, aggrandizing. to widen in scope; increase in size or intensity; enlarge; extend. to make great or greater in power, wealth, rank, or honor. to make (something) appear greater. When I want to aggrandize my day, when I need to widen the scope, enlarge my perspective, and bask in something greater, I race to the sunset on the Gulf coast. Sometimes I give myself plenty of time and it’s not a race. I walk around Crystal Beach, set upContinue reading “aggrandize.”


[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.”


[suhd-zer] noun, Informal. a soap opera. any movie, play, or the like that is designed to provoke a tearful response. This is not a sudser, it is a reason for my absence. I cannot look at a computer for more than twenty minutes without a stupid amount of eye pain for the rest of the day. I also have an appealing formation on my eye, and have for a while,Continue reading “sudser.”


[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.”


[siz–uh m, skiz-] noun division or disunion, especially into mutually opposed parties. the parties so formed. Ecclesiastical. Isn’t it funny to see someone nonchalantly feed the seagulls? As a Florida kid, I heard “Do not feed the seagulls! You must never feed the seagulls!” over and over growing up. Seagulls will not leave you alone. They beg and get aggressive and really squelch a relaxing time atContinue reading “schism.”


[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.”