Monthly Archives: July 2013

App Review – Dictionary.com

I still have a flip-phone that just calls people (which I use occasionally) and texts people (which I use a lot), and takes a very bad picture – every picture I take varies in blurriness from slightly, to extremely!

Anyway, I do possess an I-Pod, which I bought to replace my rather worn-out CD player that I used in classes – why it took me 18 months to actually start using the thing is beyond me, how much easier is it to just pause and go to the next track rather than having to make small talk whilst surreptitiously changing the CDs over with one hand behind my back – I suppose I could always get a job as a contortionist!

Well, I thought I’d have a scout through some of the free apps – and stumbled across Dictionary.com.

So now every morning, on goes the I-Pod to see what the ‘word of the day’ is.

SC loves it, he is getting new and unusual vocabulary to add to his repertoire, which may make the teachers at school reach for the dictionary themselves 😉

Today’s word is ‘esse’ – which means being or existence, and comes from the Latin word of the same spelling meaning ‘to be’. It has, apparently been in English since the 1600s, so a fair few years then.

Over the past few weeks, we’ve had some corkers.

I think my top 5 to date are:

5.  Clangor – basically reminded me of The Clangers the TV programme with the soup dragon I used to watch when I was little. The word pretty much means what you think it does, a loud resonant sound!

4.  Gobbet – a very unusual word meaning lump or mass. I quite like it 😉

3.  Boniface – now I thought this might pretty much mean pretty. Oh, how wrong could I be? It actually means a landlord or innkeeper. Next time you enter your local watering hole, might I suggest you walk up to the bar and ask for “a pint of your best real ale my good Boniface!” Actually, on second thoughts, maybe not!

2.  Yawp – anyone who’s seen the film Dead Poets Society will know this word. Robin Williams encourages all the boys to let out a good old yawp! Oh, boy, I cried buckets at that film and had a slight crushette on Robert Sean Leonard – he could have been my Puck any day!

1.  Fribble – my absolute favourite so far. I love it. It means to act in a foolish or frivolous manner. I’ve got into the habit of telling SC to stop acting ‘fribbolously’ (?) – now I’ve probably made that tense of the word up, but it sounds great and SC loves it, makes him laugh 😉

Aside from a word of the day, the app also has a thesaurus, local lookups, translator, a hot word and a general dictionary. Not bad for a free app!

There are, like all apps, upgrades, but if you just want something to hand, it isn’t a bad little app at all.

And you get some great new words each day 😉

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Do You Believe in Destiny?

Do you believe that somewhere, out there, in the grand scheme of things your destiny is all mapped out for you?

Do we arrive at points in our life through our own choices, or because it is our destiny?

I believe in destiny.

I believe that whatever choices we make in life, ultimately we will end up where we were meant to – sometimes it just takes a little longer, if we take a detour!

I don’t know who decides our destiny, but I do believe that whatever our journey through life, be it fraught with difficulties or a walk in the park, it is a journey we are given because we can handle it.

I was told once that we are given the life we can handle.

I like to think of that when I am feeling low and feel that the world is against me, it gives me hope and courage to continue and the belief that I am strong enough to handle anything.

 

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The A-Z of Life – Wisdom

What is wisdom?wisdom

How do we become wise?

When are we considered wise, at what age?

Is being clever and being wise one and the same?

 

They say, in general that wisdom comes with age.

But sometimes some very wise truths come from those of a very young age.

If we are knowledgeable about a certain subject, or if we can recall facts and figures at the drop of a hat, does that make us wise?

Or is wisdom, just about being able to see the right way to proceed in certain situations through life, and as in the Wisdom of Solomon, being able to make the right judgment?

I would not say I was wise about anything.

For sure, I can probably give good advice in certain matters, but do I apply that same good advice to my own situation? In general, I try, but fail!

In most regards, people see me as foolish, sometimes stupid and totally naïve in the ways of the world.

And, they are probably right.

I try to always see the best in other people, no matter what.

I don’t always see the best in me, and am always the first to put myself down.

But I try to always do the right thing as I walk through life – because by being true to myself I am not living a lie.

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What’s the most important piece of equipment in your car?

So, here’s a little survey I found on a ‘social media’ site that I belong to.

Basically, the question is which piece of equipment in your car couldn’t you live without?

And the options:

  •  Cruise Control
  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Keyless Entry
  • In-built SatNav
  • MP3 Player Connectivity

Personally, for me, the piece of equipment I couldn’t live without in my car is the steering wheel!

It is a pretty essential piece of equipment as far as I’m concerned, along with the gear stick 😉

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Friday Poem – Woman in Love

A beautiful poem by Rainer Maria Rilke. Is the poem though conveying the thoughts of a woman’s view of love, especially the last verse, or since the poet is actually a man, is he conveying his true thoughts about how it feels to a man to be in love? Interesting point I thought? What do you think?

Woman in Love

That is my window. Just now
I have so softly wakened.
I thought that I would float.
How far does my life reach,
and where does the night begin

I could think that everything
was still me all around;
transparent like a crystal’s
depths, darkened, mute.

I could keep even the stars
within me; so immense
my heart seems to me; so willingly
it let him go again.

whom I began perhaps to love, perhaps to hold.
Like something strange, undreamt-of,
my fate now gazes at me.

For what, then, am I stretched out
beneath this endlessness,
exuding fragrance like a meadow,
swayed this way and that,

calling out and frightened
that someone will hear the call,
and destined to disappear
inside some other life.

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Cats & Birds

catI was in the kitchen yesterday evening, and suddenly heard a flurry of bird song.

Naturally, I assumed it was a few of the seemingly several thousand sparrows that have inhabited the garden, taking the earl evening bath in the pond’s waterfall!

So, I cautiously peeked through the blinds into the back garden and what did I espy?

Nothing less than the sight of a grey cat running along the fence, hotly pursued by 2 very cross blackbirds. Obviously, the naughty kitty had disturbed their nest.

Not content with chasing him off the fence, they pursued him into the next-door neighbour’s garden and continued squawking from the safe confines of the tree.

It amused me for the rest of the evening 😉

On another ‘bird’ point – we have a blackbird that must be severely stressed out, as its feathers are turning grey!

He literally has a grey stripe across his chest.

What does one call a blackbird who’s gone grey? A greybird?

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The A-Z of Life – Variety

Question!

If variety is the spice of life, why, do we all seem to terrified of change?

When change happens, we are all guilty of being reluctant to embrace it fully in some way.

Variety may be the spice of life, but routine is safe, it’s what we know and sometimes we just don’t want to leave our comfort zone.

For me, I think that’s probably why I never put money into a house. I wanted too, and came close a couple of times. But each time, I was swayed by a couple of external factors – my dad (ever the cautious accountant) saying, that the word was house prices were going to drop in the next couple of months (just don’t buy shares, I think would be my advice to him now) and secondly, myself. If truth be told, I was always too scared to branch out on my own. I’ve already said I am one of nature’s natural born-worriers, and always there would be a barrage of what-ifs that popped into my head, and the worrier in me would outweigh the adventurous me. It always does.

I would like to think that now, with the wisdom of a few more years, I am slightly more adaptable to change, especially having had SC.

In fact, right now, I am embarking on a new voyage of discovery.

The chains which bound me in work for the past couple of years, I have just shaken off, and for the first time in a long time I feel free.

I have so much that I want to do, so many ideas, but first and foremost I have to build myself back up in order to be a hard-core bread-winning machine.

I’ve finally accepted the hand that has been dealt me now, and if I am to be on my own, then that’s the way it’s going to be.

I’ve proved to myself I can deal with my own disasters however painful they may be.

I feel afraid, for sure, but I know I can cope with anything life throws at me – I have the battle scars to prove it. I may have been defeated, more times than I have won battles, but I have not failed, for every single time I dusted myself down and stood back up again stronger and wiser than ever.

I didn’t need anyone before I had SC, I don’t need anyone now!

One of the best books I have read was “Who Moved My Cheese”, by Dr Spencer Johnson is all about the different ways we look at change, which can be applied to any aspect of our lives.

Most of us can embrace change, eventually, and it takes some of us longer than others.

There are some people though who will never be able to embrace change.

As for me, I’m off to find new cheese!

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