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Deep Sleep

Did people of the 1700s record their dreams? Psychology was in its most embryonic stage, so while of course humans (and animals!) have always had dreams, I wonder what those of the 18th century thought of them? Did they consider them prophetic, meaningful, frightening? Probably all three. And what did they dream about? I know […]

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So if no one is reading this, I guess I can really just pontificate at length! *types into the void* Anyway, I saw this at Trader Joe’s today: Well, we do know that Washington did love his wine. But was he a Federalist? Perhaps in all but name. He didn’t like political factions or partisanship, […]

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Word Origins are Fun

situation late 15c., “place, position, or location,” from Medieval Latin situationem (nom. situatio), from Low Latin situatus, pp. of situare (see situate). Meaning “state of affairs” is from 1750; meaning “employment post” is from 1803. onus c.1640, from Latin onus (gen. oneris) “load, burden.” Hence legal L. onus probandi (1722), lit. “burden of proving.” coffee […]

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Bygones

I collect old road maps. Someone send me a few hundred dollars so I can frame a couple of them. This one is from 1984, and is of New York City and Vicinity, and Long Island. Historical sites aplenty. Hamilton Grange, in Harlem Setauket, Long Island, principal setting in “Turn” Weehawken Park, NJ Another much […]

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Word Origins of the Day

squirm 1691, originally referring to eels, of unknown origin; sometimes associated with worm or swarm, but perhaps rather imitative. bodice 1560s, plural of body, name of a tight-fitting Elizabethan garment covering the torso; plural because the body came in two parts which fastened in the middle. relish 1530, “taste, flavor,” alteration of reles “scent, taste, […]

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Rise up, Rise up!

Today was historic and I am glad I witnessed it and told my daughters about it. I do wish I could have gone over to Seattle, but to my regret, I didn’t. Many of my friends were able to and I loved every single one of their pictures and stories. I followed it all day […]

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Word Origins of the Day

verily c.1300, from Middle English, verray “true, real”. Often misused by modern speakers as “very”, when its meaning is closer to “really.” calumniate 1550s, from L. calumniatus, pp. of calumniari “to accuse falsely,” from calumnia “slander, false accusation” provender 1306, “allowance paid each chapter member of a cathedral,” from Anglo-French provendir, Old French provendier, from […]

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Courage

I look forward to acts of courage this year by my fellow Americans, those of us who are decent, good, curious, and possessing integrity. I know there are many of us, but we just don’t SCREAM as loudly as the other side. It has ever been thus. The acts of courage and integrity that would […]

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Hey

Well it has been nearly three years, time to bring this back from the dead. Surprised it took me this long. I tire of Facebook, Tumblr is a mess, Twitter limits my words. I have owned jane.org for nineteen years and I might as well do something with it again. If anyone is reading this, […]

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bainbridge

This morning I took the girls to KidiMu on Bainbridge Island to meet up with Melissa and Frankie for some fun times and lunch. They have an outdoor climbing wall now, which I’d love to see Freya climb. I’m sure Audrey will be up there pretty soon. She needs very little encouragement to climb. Acupuncture […]

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