Tombstone stardust Samhain Halloween digital art collage by Ella of LaWhimsy

Blessed Samhain and Happy Halloween

The haunting of leaves' melody / Crunching like so many bones /Spellbound by the moonlight's glow / By the haunting thought of what no one knows. / Stardust it scatters itself through the trees / A sparkling shadow of the veil unseen / Leaving its mark upon gravestones and me. ~ Ella A blessed Samhain… Continue reading Blessed Samhain and Happy Halloween

collywobbles vintage queen digital art collage by LaWhimsy
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Word Nerd: Collywobbles

Collywobbles is an undeniably cute word, despite meaning that anxious, nervous, slightly queasy feeling one can get in their stomach. Certainly having an attack of the collywobbles doesn't always mean something bad is happening or about to happen. One can feel that jittery excitement building before some very positive things as well. Having the collywobbles,… Continue reading Word Nerd: Collywobbles

shinrin-yoku forest bathing digital collage via LaWhimsy
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Word Nerd: Shinrin-yoku

Shinrin-yoku (pronounced shin-rin-ya-ku) is a Japanese health term that was developed in the 80's by Mr. Tomohide Akiyama, with shinrin (meaning forest) and yoku (meaning here bathing or basking in). Shinrin-yoku is forest bathing, and it's the medicine of simply being in the forest. The idea behind shinrin-yoku is to encourage people to get outside and allow… Continue reading Word Nerd: Shinrin-yoku

Caim digital art collage by Ella of LaWhimsy
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Word Nerd: Caim

Caim (pronounced as keim) is a Celtic word that originally was the name of a protective spirit in the early pre-Christian days. Caim has since become more of a prayer of protection and is associated with the idea of drawing a protective circle around yourself (or someone else) as a means of safety and sanctuary.… Continue reading Word Nerd: Caim

insouciance classic art by William McGregor Paxton collage via lawhimsy
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Word Nerd: Insouciance

Insouciance is a a word that almost has a lackadaisical tone to it, which seeing as insouciance means a calm, relaxed, indifferent state, is perfectly fitting. While I am usually rather wound-up, there are times when I do feel insouciant, whether it be just my mood or towards something. Insouciance is also one of those… Continue reading Word Nerd: Insouciance

I was a teenage lycanthrope, I mean werewolf art collage by lawhimsy
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Word Nerd: Lycanthrope

Lycanthrope is the fancy and much more romantic way of saying werewolf and it derives from the Greek words lykos (wolf) and anthrōpos (man). Lycanthropes have long been staples in mythology and folklore, which makes sense, since the idea of a lycanthrope, or wolf man, taps into a very primal sense of instinct and horror… Continue reading Word Nerd: Lycanthrope