‘Black Friday’ vs. ‘Good Friday’ Yet Another Indication That We’re Living in BackWord Land

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Have you ever wondered why the day commemorating the torturous crucifixion of the Prince of Peace is called ‘Good Friday?’ What, exactly, was good about it? Conversely, the biggest shopping…

Red States – Blue States And States of Human Consciousness

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“We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies…

木漏れ日 KOMOREBI

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You may have heard by now of the Japanese term, shinrin-yoku, which translates as forest bathing –– a restorative treatment for depression that is said to elevate our immune response.…

Can We Use the Word for the World’s ReCreation?

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“…One ought to recognize that the present political chaos is connected with the decay of language, and that one can probably bring about some improvement by starting at the verbal…

UltraViolet Vision

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When I was a child, we frequently visited the palatial Museum of Natural History in L.A.’s Exposition Park. And in my estimation, it was the Hall of Minerals that contained…

生き甲斐 [Ikegai] A Dictionary Synchronicity

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In our 2nd session of the WordMagic WordShoppe, one of the participants introduced us to the Japanese word moai , which essentially means, ‘meeting for a common purpose.’ This is…

Apocalypse as Catalyst for Apotheosis?

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Have you heard people speak of mental ‘mettle’? Or is this one of those important words that have lost their currency in the public mind? Mettle is synonymous with courage…

What Makes Happiness Possible Today?

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One of the participants in our WordMagic WordShoppe yesterday introduced us to the Japanese term, Moai (pronounced ‘moe-eye’). I looked it up and learned that it means ‘meeting for a…

Does the English Language Make Swiss Cheese of Human Consciousness?

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After watching my 2010 YouTube video, The Secret Spells of the English Language, people want to know ‘Who did this to us?’ It’s a really good question and is perhaps…

What Role Do Words Play in Creating a Peaceful Society?

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“Man’s deadliest weapon is language. He is as susceptible to being hypnotized by slogans as he is to infectious diseases.  And when there is an epidemic, the group mind takes over.”…

Politics is No Party

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It’s more like a war on words to determine who gets to ‘own’ key words and catch phrases so as to purposefully distort the intent behind their previously agreed upon…

Navigating by Magnetism

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“There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly”. Buckminster Fuller, 20th C American architect, systems theorist, author, designer, inventor, and futurist   One…

The Keys to Win the AlphaBet

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What if –– suddenly –– the scales tipped and forever more you knew you were enough? There was nothing left to prove to anyone else –– so only inspiration moved you…

Trains of Thought

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Few of us give conscious thought to the everyday metaphors that color our communications. Yet these prefabricated phrases are often loaded with undesirable inferences that retain their currency, and perhaps…

My Friendship with Dr. Leonard Shlain

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In the early 90s, I was hired to write a catalog for a speakers’ bureau. My job was to digest and distill the biographies and accomplishments of 60 extraordinary people…

Sending Ripples of Pleasure Throughout the Body Politic

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With everything that’s going on right now, I’ve been thinking about a beautiful, heart-centered mentor/friend who’s older ½-brother was beaten in early childhood by his police officer bio-dad. He grew…
Shot Full of Light

Shot Full of Light

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What if you couldn’t do it right but you couldn’t get it wrong? What if – at this point – everything works together for Good, no matter how messed up…

Degringolade

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The Word That Defines the Moment On July 30, 2019, Degringolade was the word-of-the-day on dictionary.com, which quotes from a prophetic science fiction novel by British author H.G. Wells to…

Language of the Birds

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Elemental Communication the In 2011, I hosted  a WordMagic Garden Party at Olandar, the magical home of Leigh and Carla McCloskey in Zuma Beach, California. Because I have much of my WordMagic…

Echo-Locution

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Fu: The Buddha Bat of Happiness My Life’s Dream began to flow in earnest about two or three years after I was born. The significant event marking its commencement occurred…