[hey-mish] adjective, Slang. homey; cozy and unpretentious. My mom and dad came to Ketchum! They packed plenty of layers and made the long journey from Tampa, FL and it was beyond lovely to have the coziness of home in Idaho. I bought my mom an apron one year for Christmas that reads “Home is WhereContinue reading “haimish.”


[kith] noun acquaintances, friends, neighbors, or the like; persons living in thesame general locality and forming a more or less cohesive group. kindred. a group of people living in the same area and forming a culture witha common language, customs, economy, etc., usually endogamous. Pal has a cutie pie kith named Lizzy. She’s a chihuahua terrier mix and Pal thinks she’s perfect. He doesn’t “play it cool” well; he’s a lot like his mom. So he dives in and overwhelms Lizzy. She snaps at him. He backs away briefly and then most likely thinks,Continue reading “kith.”


hwig-muh-LEER-ee, wig- noun 1: a whim; notion. 2: a whimsical or fanciful ornament or contrivance; gimmick. Friday was my one year Idahome anniversary. It was also the Lit Walk the library puts on, full of local authors and wine and cheese and a tour of downtown with activities and book readings. Cheryl, the owner ofContinue reading “whigmaleerie.”


[es-theet or, esp. British, ees-] noun a person who has or professes to have refined sensitivity toward the beauties of art or nature. a person who affects great love of art, music, poetry, etc., and indifference to practical matters. Are my sensitivities refined? I don’t know. But they are extreme sensitivities toward nature and the vast Idaho wilderness. On August 19th, I’ll have lived in Ketchum for a year. The tears whilst hiking have decreased since Autumn, thank goodness. I was a messy aesthete. Now myContinue reading “aesthete.”


[tou-zer] noun a big dog. Informal. a big, hearty person, especially one who is very energetic. One of my favorite people sent me an email with today’s word of the day and this note: “I am sure that Dictionary.com is reading Beth of Fresh Air….I had to laugh when I saw this!” I guess I have a bit to say about a certain big dog. A girlContinue reading “towser.”