ultramarine focus in Vermeer Girl with a Pearl Earring art crop via LaWhimsy
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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

gamine Marie from Daisies 1966 Director Věra Chytilová
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Word Nerd: Gamine

Gamine is a French term that is the feminine of gamin (a waif or street urchin). Gamine is used to describe a female who has a boyish, mischievous charm, though gamine has taken on a more chic meaning what with glamours stars like Audrey Hepburn, Leslie Caron, and Twiggy (to name but a very few)… Continue reading Word Nerd: Gamine

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

apricity skies via LaWhimsy
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Word Nerd: Apricity

Apricity is an exquisite word that derives from the Latin aprīcus ("warmed by the sun"). Apricity is a particularly apt word since yesterday marked Imbolc which is the middle of the Winter season. It's also the time when the Groundhog makes his prediction and I know many feeling a sense of apricity hope for an early… Continue reading Word Nerd: Apricity

The wassail bowl via lawhimsy
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Word Nerd : Wassail

Here we come a-wassailing among the leaves so green; Here we come a-wandering, so fair to be seen. Love and joy come to you, and to you our wassail, too. And God bless you and send you a Happy New Year! And God bless you and send you a Happy New Year! Wassail ~ this… Continue reading Word Nerd : Wassail