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Category: Words and Quotations

‘Who wouldn’t be a mountaineer? Up here all the world’s prizes seem nothing.’

Victoria Lakes, near Victoria Pass, off Highway 395 in the eastern Sierra of California. The scene is God’s creation; the words belong to John Muir.

Birds, Frog Legs, and the Three Musketeers

An ortolan.

One of the pleasures of reading old books is that you frequently encounter unusual words or words that are no longer in common use. So I found while reading an early passage in The Three Musketeers, in which d’Artagnan threatens an innkeeper and his employees if they cannot find an important letter that has been lost:

“My letter of recommendation,” cried d’Artagnan, “on the holy blood, I will split you all like ortolans.”

What, pray tell, is an ortolan? Continue reading

Today’s Word of the Day: Fortify

For the past couple of weeks I’ve been thinking of a word and trying to keep that word in mind as I walk my way through the day. Sometimes I come up with the word the evening before, in a restless moment during that night’s sleep, or in the morning.

A word pops in my head and I go with it. Today’s word is: Fortify. Continue reading

Today’s Word of the Day, Inspired by Alexandre Dumas, is ‘Wait’

Alexandre Dumas

Today’s Word of the Day, inspired by Alexandre Dumas, is: Wait. For each of the past three days, I have had a word of the day. They were: Listen. Patience. Warmth. On each day I would try to keep that word in mind to be a better listener, be more patient, and be a warmer person.

Today I am going to wait. Continue reading

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