[in-ten–uh-reyt] verb (used with object), intenerated, intenerating. to make soft or tender; soften. When I was in Doe Bay, I was surviving on protein bars for breakfast, lunch, and dinner until the café opened on Thursday evening for a menu full of pizza and pizza alone. It was also Open Mic Night. I showered and didn’t wear a hat and nobody recognized me without dirtContinue reading “intenerate.”


[fi-loo-muh-nist] noun a collector of matchbooks and matchboxes. Wow. Orcas Island. I had about a 45 minute drive from the ferry to the retreat center on the other side of the island. With each turn, I gasped. At one point, I cried a little bit. The trees are magnificent. There’s water everywhere. The mountains surround me on all sides. TheContinue reading “phillumenist.”

clothing optional.

I am glad I’ve had some uncomfortable experiences around people who are quite opposite from me, in thoughts, looks, language, and beliefs. I don’t always feel grateful for the discomfort in these situations, but when I look back on the last few years of my life, I think they’ve been crucial in helping me become moreContinue reading “clothing optional.”

ad hockery.

[ad hok–uh-ree]  noun reliance on temporary solutions rather than on consistent, long-term plans. Every few weeks while traveling, I start to panic about money. While planning a trip, I think a certain amount will be sufficient, but I’m usually quite wrong. I think my delusionality is good in this respect or I’d never leave home. Today I realized I am completely out of bobbyContinue reading “ad hockery.”


\ AW-ger \  , verb;  1.  to conjecture from signs or omens; predict.  noun: 1. one of a group of ancient Roman officials charged with observing and interpreting omens for guidance in public affairs. 2. soothsayer; prophet. I have a few signs from the help exchange website that help me to augur that I will enjoy my next job. Here they are: Dwayne flies back to NC on Wednesday and I’ll go north to this retreat center onContinue reading “augur.”


\ NUHN-suhch \  , noun;  a person or thing without equal; paragon. Some people make time at the Laundromat enjoyable. I feel like that’s when you know you’ve got a nonesuch on your hands and you must do all you can to keep them around. Dwayne and I really hadn’t spoken or spent time together since 2005 in college. Then maybe six months ago, he sent meContinue reading “nonesuch.”


Brobdingnagian \ brob-ding-NAG-ee-uhn \  , adjective;  of huge size; gigantic. noun: an inhabitant of Brobdingnag. a being of tremendous size; giant. While hiking in Yosemite, Caroline asked me, “What has been your favorite part so far? The trees, the waterfalls, or the mountains?” Questions like this are why I like Caroline. But this was hard to answer! I sighed and considered saying something other than trees, butContinue reading “Brobdingnagian.”