Auld Lang Syne - three four letter words to ring in the new year.
I may take a drink for old times sake... but would very much rather look forward. Best wishes to everyone for happiness and health in the new year.
Shut is a four letter word.
Most of the rooms in my house have doors, and I use them on occasion, but mostly the doors remain open. There is little around here that require blocking out from everyone else - more often I really want people to be there... to be available to me and for me to be available to them.
Left turn are two four letter words.
I've never really liked making left hand turns while driving. If there is oncoming traffic, one has to wait, which mostly bothers me because it means I'm holding up traffic that is behind me. There is a subtle pressure to make that turn, even if it might be a little bit risky because of a truck barreling down on you. But you make it across... and wonder why you were worried and didn't turn seconds earlier.
Mark is a four letter word.
It has always vexed me that Mark is both a name and a noun (and the verb about making the noun). It gets even more vexing when you think about how "a mark" is sometimes talking about a symbol made to represent someone's signature. Mark's mark?
Burn is a four letter word.
Tonight is the seventh night of Chanukah.
Returning back to the candles - there are a lot more of them lit now than when we began! We light one candle on the first night, two on the second, and so forth. As a child, I would watch the candles burn and melt into all sorts of strange and colorful patterns.
Spud is a four letter word.
Tonight is the sixth night of Chanukah.
The holiday celebrates a victory in battle, focusing around the miracle of oil used in the Temple. Since oil is part of the Chanukah story, frying foods in oil are a tradition during the holiday. One of the most common in the United States are fried potato pancakes, called latkes, served with sour cream or applesauce.
Gelt is a four letter word.
Tonight is the fifth night of Chanukah.
The modern tradition of gift giving actually comes from an older tradition of giving gelt, or money, as part of the holiday. More recently, these actual coins became chocolate coins, and one would gamble with them during the dreidel game.
Gift is a four letter word.
Tonight is the fourth night of Chanukah.
The concept of gift-giving is a relatively recent addition to the holiday. Coming as close to some other gift-giving holidays. Always bothered me a little... but mostly because I'm so bad at giving gifts and would rather not be bound by a specific time to do so.
Glow is a four letter word.
It is the first night of Chanukah, Judaism's celebration of light in the midst of winter darkness. Each night, another candle is lit, bathing the room in a soft glow of candles, casting light through the windows into the outdoors, glowing like local stars.
Deer is a four letter word.
One of the interesting things about living in an area that is sorta urban and sorta rural is that you get wildlife wandering through areas that you don't expect them to. I was driving past a series of houses and a nearby golfcourse... when a few deer wandered across the road. One of these days I'll be able to get my camera out in time for a picture of something like this.
Cell is a four letter word.
Cell phones and I have... a constant disagreement. When people were raving about how they were going to give up their landlines in favor of their cell phones, I would wonder how they could actually complete a call on them. As people talked about their great deals, I would be amazed that people would pay so much for such poor quality. Yes, I have a cell. And I found one at a reasonable price for my usage... but I just can't see making this my primary anything in favor of nice reliable wires. Tough to have the wires trailing me out of the house, tho, I'll admit.
Turn is a four letter word.
Turns are changes in direction. Sometimes we change direction because the path we are following changes direction. Sometimes the new direction is by our choice. Sometimes we must turn back and retrace our steps. Sometimes we must turn and forge a new path.
Glue is a four letter word.
I learned today that earlier this week, Dr Harry Coover received the National Medal of Science in a ceremony at the White House. Who is Dr Coover? Why... he's the man who "invented" Super Glue, of course. At a time when we think about science and innovation when it comes to telecommunication and computing... we need to remember that we, as a culture, need good ideas and good research in a wide range of areas. Environmental research is hot now, so to speak, and medical research and technology is always a favorite, but there are so many things that need to be explored and understood that don't get recognized. Glue seems mundane - but work in this field has led to all sorts of innovations in other fields, including medical technology!
Don't discount the new things that we must discover to make real advances for everyone.
Draw is a four letter word.
I have almost no artistic ability to draw. Stick figures are about as good as I can do, and I'm not even sure I can do them very well. But my two-year-old is constantly coming to me with a magnetic drawing board and asking me to draw things. I'm pretty good with the shapes, but when he asks me to draw a dog, I'm in big trouble. He doesn't seem to care.
Just is a four letter word.
There are so few things that are as deceptively simple as the word "just". It belies the complexity that are behind most things, almost becoming dismissive of the complexity. Even if we are able to handle something simply, there is a complex set of issues leading up to it. Do not take things for granted, even if they are "just" so simple.
Time is a four letter word.
Daylight Saving Time is ending in the United States. As a morning person, I am somewhat happy about this. It gives some more morning light just at a time it is beginning to get darker in general... so I welcome that. It is only a brief respite, however, as the days get grimmer and grimmer.
Vote is a four letter word.
Voting is our most constitutionally guaranteed way to express our opinion. We may not like the results. We may be the one voice against the many. But it is our opinion and our right to express it and be counted. Avail yourself of that right.