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Word Nerd

Word Nerd: Ultramarine

Ultramarine is a vivid intense shade of blue. Ultramarine is often described as a color that is beyond the sea deep blue. Thanks to it's vibrant, rich color ultramarine was highly sought after and used to add luscious detail to works of art. As a pigment, ultramarine was first made by powdering the semi-precious stone Lapis Lazul… Continue reading Word Nerd: Ultramarine

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Word Nerd: Draíocht

Draíocht (which is pronounced DREE-oct) is an Irish word for magic. Draíocht once specifically denoted the secret lore and arts of the druids of pre-Christian Ireland, however now it is used to describe the magical unseen. Irish and Celtic legend and lore are rich in draíocht. My own Irish side connects deeply to draíocht in… Continue reading Word Nerd: Draíocht

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Word Nerd: Zeitgeist

Zeitgeist is the defining spirit or mood of a particular period of history as shown by the ideas and beliefs of the time. Zeitgeist is quite literally German for "spirit of the age," from Zeit "time" (see tide) + Geist "spirit" (see ghost). Scholars have long held the belief that each era has a unique… Continue reading Word Nerd: Zeitgeist

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Word Nerd: Gracious

Gracious may seem like a simple word to choose, yet I feel as though it is a word that holds even more meaning in this day and age then ever before. Graciousness in the face of hatred, ignorance, intolerance, bigotry, and out-right, blatant bullying is difficult. Yet, it is the only way to not drop… Continue reading Word Nerd: Gracious

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Word Nerd: Sanguine

Sanguine feels like such an apt and decidedly needed word right now. Despite all of the chaos, the disappointment, the unsettling upset that is pervading so many, there is the ability to have a certain sort of sanguine mindset. To be sanguine, or optimistically hopeful in an apparently terrible and difficult situation is exactly what… Continue reading Word Nerd: Sanguine

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Poetry

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