\ ni-PEN-thee \  , noun; 1.A drug or drink, or the plant yielding it, mentioned by ancient writers as having the power to bring forgetfulness of sorrow or trouble. 2.Anything inducing a pleasurable sensation of forgetfulness, esp. of sorrow or trouble. What a magical word.  I googled it and nepenthe is quite popular.  Because who wouldn’t want a quick way to forget sorrow and trouble?  Not the: Nepenthe Belly Dancer à There’s a caption on this page about how this belly dancer hopes she has the power to release all other caresContinue reading “nepenthe.”


\ ROB-uh-ruhnt \, adjective, noun; 1.      Strengthening; restoring vigor. noun: 1.      A strengthening medicine; a tonic; a restorative. Today was a picture perfect Saturday that was also roborant and refreshing.  Saturdays never used to be a day that restored vigor for me.   They used to the busiest day at the store.  Those were the days where I felt like I had no love or patience left inContinue reading “roborant.”


 \ AK-tuh \, noun; 1. Official records, as of acts, deeds, proceedings, transactions, or the like. Official acta for Elizabeth “Eli” “Beth” “Boss Momma” on 10.06.10 8:59 am.  Clock in for work. 9:00 am.   Walk 12 steps to the coffee pot.  Organic  Sumatra with 2 creamers. 9:02 am.  Check email for official business.  Only see the Word of the Day and an invitation to study Criminal Justice at VirginiaContinue reading “acta.”


\ TEEM \ ,verb; 1. To abound or swarm; be prolific or fertile. 2. To empty or pour out; discharge. The two different definitions for teem seem contradictory to me.  To abound and yet to empty.  I shall carry on and bring you my thoughts teem with confidence and insight, at the same time that I teem the confusion of the contradiction.  Are you confused?  As am I.   My newContinue reading “teem.”


\ NIM-fuh-lep-see \, noun; 1. A frenzy of emotion, as for something unattainable. 2. An ecstasy supposed by the ancients to be inspired by nymphs. My life has been full of nympholepsy.  I think it started when I had this strong feeling in my soul that I would become the first girl to ever play Major League Baseball.  It was a frenzy of a goal that I then thought was very attainable, because my coachContinue reading “nympholepsy.”


\ FOS-ik \, verb; 1. To search for any object by which to make gain. 2.Mining.  To undermine another’s digging; search for waste gold in relinquished workings, washingplaces, etc. 3. To hunt; seek; ferret out. “Sweet Benjamin, necessity is upon us, darling.  Please suit up and fossick for the pie.  Promptly.”  Interestingly enough, ‘fossick’ makes me think in a British accent and imagine a lifestyle full of afternoon tea and homemade tarts.  “Lovey cakes, you do not fossick fast enough.  We mustn’t keep theContinue reading “fossick.”