Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Joie de vi vre – Wordplay Wednesday™ 12/13/17

Skating through the Holidays

Last week we perused the planning, organizing, and resolute demeanor of a telic person during Holiday festivities and into New Year’s goals.

This week, let’s cross the Pond to France, and explore the carefree folks who skate through it all, albeit at times, on thin ice

JOIE DE VI VRE (zhwåd veʹvr’; French) n. – (the) joy of living; high spirits; exuberance, etc. [WW #142]

Ah, the language of romance. Being a ne’er-do-well, or at the very least, one who skates through life with nary a New Year’s goal in sight, never sounded so good.

Taken to the extreme, with no structure whatsoever, joie de vi vre can be as disastrous as the ultimate planner hampered by blinders.

It’s becoming increasingly apparent (to those without blinders, and those with even a little focus) that an old adage proves true once again: “Everything in moderation.”

If moderation were applied to every aspect of life, from business to diet and exercise, it’s a fair guess success would follow, with tempered joie de vi vre. 

However, we are human after all. The retail industry created the modern Holidays, which often result in excessive joie de vi vre or opposing telic abstinence. Rarely the two shall meet.

Word Challenge: JOIE DE VI VRE. May your Holidays be bubbly and effervescent, without excess, as you fit joie de vi vre into your week of spirited writing.

Write first for yourself … only then can you write for others. (L.Rochelle) 



Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Telic – Wordplay Wednesday™ 12/06/17

2018 is Nigh … Ready or Not!

Are you already preparing for 2018? Are you doing so with focused strides, or simply ambling through December 2017 to its fateful end?

There are benefits of both ways to a New Year transition. This week, let’s explore those with goals, if not firm resolutions, for a meaningful end to 2017 and the New Year’s beginning. You determined folks are …

TELIC (tēʹlik) adj. – directed toward an end, purposeful [WW #141]

Never leave anything to chance? Do you thrive on the details and envision your goals to their telic conclusion? Good luck with that. 

I’ve always tried to be detail-oriented and prefer to know the telic outcome of my plans. Ah, but as Robert Burns once opined in a poem,* “Best laid schemes of mice and men | Go often askew.” And I would add, telic women.

The Holidays are a telic person’s nightmare. They are fraught with interruptions, changes, and just plain hiccups of chance. Perhaps those who amble through life are more suited to Holidays. The rest of us should hibernate. 

Word Challenge: TELIC. Do your best during the Holidays to enjoy your moments of telic perfections, but be prepared with a Plan B,** as you fit telic into your week of resolute writing.

Write first for yourself … only then can you write for others. (L.Rochelle) 


* Robert Burns’ 1785 poem, "To a Mouse, on Turning Her Up in Her Nest With the Plough,” as interpreted in modern English.
**For young’uns, LONG before there was a Plan B “emergency contraceptive,” we enjoyed the term for describing an alternate method of accomplishing something … rather counter-intuitive to the pill’s meaning … you might want to re-think what you’re doing that would require it. :-)


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Fug – Wordplay Wednesday™ 11/29/17

Your Nose Knows

From the scent of baking pies and boiling potatoes, to a roomful of people with floating aromas of lotions, potions, and potables—not to mention kids’ dirty didees—trust your nose to twitch with the …   

FUG (fug) n. –  the heavy air in a closed room, regarded as either oppressive and murky or warm and cozy (Chiefly British). [WW #140]

Have you ever suffered through a stuffy Holiday gathering with the fug of heavy kitchen aromas, blended with the heavier scent of Aunt Shirley’s perfume, and old Uncle Henry’s heavy sweat, swirling in a battle for your nose twitches?

May all your experiences with Holiday fug eschew the oppressive and bring peace, warmth, and the flow of cozy air to your soul.

Word Challenge: FUG. Good ventilation is the key to a Holiday without the stench of fug. Unless of course, it’s the warm fuzzy kind. Consider the source and the season as you fit fug into your week of aromatic writings.

Write first for yourself … only then can you write for others. (L.Rochelle)