Sunday, February 22, 2009

Hannah and Her Horse

There may be something Hannah likes better than her horseback riding, but this is definitely toward the top of the list.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

A is for Apostrophe

Well, it's been over seven months since I last delved into the dictionary to dig up some tasty morsels (the word "delve" derives from a word meaning "dig," don't you know?), so perhaps it's appropriate that my first letter back represents a gap, something missing.
Although its (not it's) usage is very straightforward, it is (it's) one of the most misused marks of punctuation in the English language. There are some very entertaining web sites on the Internet concerning apostrophe usage.
There are two primary definitions of the word "apostrophe." The first is the aforementioned diacritical one to signify a gap, something missing, i.e. missing letters. It can also be used to show possession or form plurals.
The second definition of apostrophe is a rhetorical device in which an absent person or personified object is addressed. For example, "O death, where is your sting? O death, where is your victory?" or "Death, be not proud, though some have called thee / Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so" or "O Captain, my Captain" or "O Apostrophe, half a Quote, and yet so much less!"
The etymology of the word "apostrophe" is from Greek through Latin, literally "the act of turning away."
Here's the link to the dictionary definition:

Thursday, February 12, 2009

My Raison d'être

It is probably presumptuous to talk about any person having only one raison d'être (reason for being). We each have many facets, many raisons d'être, if you will, as does our Creator (who has infinitely many facets).
Nevertheless, most of my adult life seems to have revolved around learning and teaching. Learning in order to teach. Teaching and thereby being taught. Learning by teaching. Teaching while learning because something inside will not let me not share with others what I learn and what I love.
It is enlightening that in Hebrew, the letter Lamed has inherent within it both meanings—learn and teach.
The following link is an article entitled "I Learn, Therefore I Teach." When I first read the title, I thought, "I could have written this."

Old Navy and Young Navy

In Sabba's Office. I love this shot!
At Home

Too Cool!