Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Exedra – Wordplay Wednesday™ 03/06/2019

Wistful Thinking and Toe-to-Toe Talking 

Wiki: exedra Kameiros, Rhodes, Greece
Ever wonder what a conversation with Aristotle or Socrates might be like? The ancient Greek philosophers pioneered Western philosophy as we know it. Did they develop their ideas in an …

EXEDRA (ekʹsi drɘ; pl. -draeʹ) n. – in ancient Greece, a room, building, or outdoor area with seats, where conversations were held. WW #206]

My Greek best friend often laments a lack of community in the U.S. Not just in neighborhoods, but in attitude. Evening and weekend strolls with friends and soon-to-be friends often include an exedra, where thoughts, ideas, and communal conversation flow. She says the art of camaraderie and outdoor exedrae are alive and well in modern Greece.

Boardwalk, Pacific Beach CA
Although seaside towns and cities here, often include “boardwalks” or “promenades,” landlocked or interior burgs have rarely duplicated that sense of community; and parks are rarely conducive to meeting anyone new or encouraging discussion.

However, an exedra can apply to home as well as community. In our digital age in which everyone “talks” via miscellaneous devices, we’re losing touch with the art of personal communication.

If allowed to continue, we humans face a vapid world of screen-only communication. We were given the sense of touch, and empathy of emotion, for a reason … to interact with each other.

The snow, rain, and cold clouds will soon give way to Spring’s warm days, perfect for toe-to-toe talking with friends and acquaintances. Let’s not forget what sets us apart from animals … and robots. Create an exedra in your home, yard, office, or community, for stimulating, philosophical conversation.

Word Challenge: EXEDRA. Yes, free-flowing conversation will also take a little of your time. Consider how much it might relieve your stress and stimulate your thoughts, as you fit exedra into your week of conversational writing.

Learning knows no prejudices or boundaries, and it isn’t fattening! Expanding your mind is a no-cost, simple joy. Do you feel that way too? What’s your inspiration? Share your creative genius and Wordplay Wednesday comments below.

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


LinDee Rochelle is a writer and editor by trade, and an author by way of Rock & Roll. She has published two books (of three) in her Blast from Your Past series about pioneering R&R Radio DJs. The true behind-the-mic tales make GREAT Holiday Gifts available on Amazon (eBook and print): Book 1Rock & Roll Radio DJs: The First Five Years 1954-1959; and Book 2Rock & Roll Radio DJs: The Swinging Sixties. Coming soon … The Psychedelic Seventies!


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