[krahy-oh-fil-ik] adjective preferring or thriving at low temperatures. When talking about plans for tomorrow, I said to a friend, “Oh tomorrow afternoon will be 24 degrees, so that’s not bad.” He said, “Imagine if your Florida friends heard you say that.” “Ha! Good point. And I really mean it, 24 isn’t bad.” Am I cryophilic Idahoan? Nah. I wouldn’t say IContinue reading “cryophilic.”


[kyoo-pid-i-tee] noun eager or excessive desire, especially to possess something; greed; avarice. My favorite things lately are the opposite of cupidity.  For instance, I realized I can plug my vacuum in in the living room and the cord reaches the kitchen and every inch of the bedroom. My new life goal is to always live in a place small enough for this toContinue reading “cupidity.”


[per-uh-puh–tet-ik] adjective walking or traveling about; itinerant. (initial capital letter) of or relating to Aristotle, who taught philosophy while walking in the Lyceum of ancient Athens. (initial capital letter) of or relating to the Aristotelian school of philosophy. noun a person who walks or travels about. (initial capital letter) a member of the Aristotelian school. I have a friend in Idaho named Hannah. You might know her as “the girl in Beth’s photos with the nice behind.” We’ve been skate skiing and snowshoeing together and I seem to always take photos of her tush surrounded by beauty. They turn outContinue reading “peripatetic.”


[ahy-ren-ik, ahy-ree-nik] adjective tending to promote peace or reconciliation; peaceful or conciliatory. Ketchum is an irenic town. This is a wonderful word to describe it. People leave their cars unlocked with their keys sitting in the console. The first time I went to the Laundromutt (laundry and dog grooming in one), the owner helped me out with my clothes. I said,Continue reading “irenic.”


[pen-i-trey-lee-uh] plural noun the innermost parts or recesses of a place or thing. the most private or secret things. I know in the social media world, we tend to present the happy and stunning moments and leave out the frustrating penetralia. We can look at someone’s Facebook page and think nothing ever goes wrong for them. Snowy walks and smiling dogs and UF Gator orange sunsets. We don’t want toContinue reading “penetralia.”


[oh-nee-uh–mey-nee-uh, –meyn-yuh] noun an uncontrollable desire to buy things. On Black Friday, I received the sweetest gift from a regular customer at the saloon. It’s not so much that he felt extreme oniomania, but that he is a caring man who worries about my winter inexperience. Claudio is from a small island in Spain and his accent sounds like warmContinue reading “oniomania.”


[land-loh-per] noun a wanderer, vagrant, or adventurer. Are you constantly intrigued by how we connect with some people so easily, so quickly, and with others, not a bit? Every time I sit down to write about new friendships and connections, I present this phenomenon. Some customers will come in to the saloon and we hit it off instantly, beforeContinue reading “landloper.”


[uh b-strep-er-uh s] adjective resisting control or restraint in a difficult manner; unruly. noisy, clamorous, or boisterous. Newspapers, posters, and word of many mouths advertised a town-wide planned power outage for Tuesday from 11pm-7am. Everything in town would be pitch-black due to a necessary pole replacement. The only place downtown with a generator? The Saloon. So our usual closing time of 10:30-11ish would change to 2am. Tuesday wasContinue reading “obstreperous.”


[swim-ing-lee] adverb without difficulty; with great success; effortlessly. Falling in love with Idaho has gone swimmingly; it’s seamless and easy. It happens with each new turn in the road or a smile from a stranger. What has not gone swimmingly in this moving process is the actual moving process. I cannot find the right, affordable place to live. I haveContinue reading “swimmingly.”