Word of the Week – Circumbendibus

Word of the Week – Circumbendibus

Circumbendibus. How fun is that word? You can almost guess the meaning just by listening to it, can't you? This is another selection from that Colonial-era word list I saw, and I absolutely LOVE this one. Circumbendibus simply means "a roundabout way or process." Like circumlocution or circuitous....

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38 Things

38 Things

It's my birthday, so I thought it would be fun to do a list today. You know, one of those lists that has the same number of items as the year I'm turning. Of course, I first typed in "37" in that heading, because apparently I don't know how old I am, LOL. Literally have to stop and do the math. Am...

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Word of the Week – Jollification

Word of the Week – Jollification

It's my birthday week, so I thought it would a fun time to look at this old-fashioned word, popular in the Colonial American era. =) Jollification is literally "making merry," from jolly + -ication ("to make") and dates from the 1760s. Though the adjective "jolly" had been around since the 1300s,...

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Thoughts Without Action

Thoughts Without Action

Ideas are easy. Change is hard. My husband and I were talking about this the other day, as I contemplated why we balance each other out so well. I said—and I’d been giving it some thought—that one of the things I most appreciate about our relationship is that he holds me to my word and makes me...

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Word of the Week – Savvy

Word of the Week – Savvy

I recently saw a list of fun Colonial-era words that we should totally bring back into use.  One of them was savvy, which anyone who watched Pirates of the Caribbean can hear in Jack Sparrow's voice. Well, just for the record, Jack was totally using it appropriately. 😉 Savvy today usually means...

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What We’ve Been Reading – July 2020

What We’ve Been Reading – July 2020

It's been a great summer for reading for me! This isn't always the case, so that's been a real treat. Of course, it means other things haven't been getting done, but let's not focus on that, LOL. For now, here are a few highlights, though not my exhaustive list!It's been a while since I've read...

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An Angry Dilemma

An Angry Dilemma

What makes you angry? Maybe you’re frustrated with the state of the world right now. Maybe someone you love has been ill-treated. Maybe politics makes you red in the face. Maybe your spouse ignores your feelings or your kids don’t listen or your neighbor keeps doing that thing you asked them a...

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Word of the Week – Grand

Word of the Week – Grand

A couple weeks ago, my husband said something about something costing "Ten Gs" and my mother-in-law said, "Where does that come from, anyway?" Cue the chime of "Word of the week!" from my kids, LOL. So obviously we knew that "G" was just short for grand. But why and when did grand start to mean a...

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Unity Begins with Us

Unity Begins with Us

"How good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity!" ~ Psalm 133:1 (NIV)   I can't tell you how many times I've heard people say they wish for unity among God's people. But as my husband pointed out, what they usually mean is "I wish everyone agreed with me, because clearly...

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Word of the Week – Cushy

Word of the Week – Cushy

A couple weeks ago a friend sent me a list of "18 English Words That Are Actually Hindi," and while quite a few of them I knew that about, others really surprised me. One of those was cushy. I knew that cushy meant "soft" and so I think I always imagined it came from cushion. Cuz, you...

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Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary.

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