prima facie.

[prahy-muh fey-shee-ee, fey-shee, fey-shuh, pree-] adverb at first appearance; at first view, before investigation.   Prima facie, I saw the father and his little blonde daughter on a dinner date and I smiled too big to be in the middle of the crazy Friday night rush. My smile didn’t fade as I greeted them, because she was polite and darling and he was proud and attentive.Continue reading “prima facie.”


[sahy-nuh-shoo r, sin–uh-] noun something that strongly attracts attention by its brilliance, interest, etc. Where have we been?! I’m sorry, reader, we’ve been out frolicking through fields of wildflowers, popping Zyrtec, fishing with a handsome boy, and slinging a lot of prime rib. These are not sufficient reasons to stop writing; I’m happy to report that PalContinue reading “cynosure.”


noun [af-ter-gloh]  the pleasant remembrance of a past experience, glory, etc.  I am so unbelievably thankful that I got a week off to meet my niece and see the rest of my family during the busiest time at the saloon (seriously, thank you, Marcia and Amy!) I couldn’t have enjoyed it any more than I did. Baby Hannah is as precious asContinue reading “afterglow. “


[raz–uh l-daz–uh l] noun, Informal. showiness, brilliance, or virtuosity in technique or effect, often without concomitant substance or worth; flashy theatricality. Customer service. Sometimes you’re just not in the mood to smile and to wait on people and to get one more side of sour cream. Sour moods are hard to sweeten. I needed a night off. I needed a night to sit by the fire with Pal and Taylor Swift’s newContinue reading “razzle-dazzle.”


[puh–ral–uh-jahyz] verb (used without object), paralogized, paralogizing. 1. to draw conclusions that do not follow logically from a given set of assumptions.  January and February have been chock of men on ski trips dropping in the saloon for Grand Teton session ales. Several nights ago, fifteen men gathered for their Superbowl and Ski weekend forContinue reading “paralogize.”


[wil-oh-waks] noun, New England. 1. a wooded, uninhabited area. Snowshoeing through the willowwacks can be enjoyable to the max–pack up a sack and don’t look back as you head to the willowwacks. It staves off anxiety attacks and limits chances of being surrounded by quacks. There’s not much the willowwacks lacks. These are facts and happinessContinue reading “willowwacks.”