In my previous
post I wrote about different ways to look at a commonly used expression. Another part of our book club conversation that day involved different expression.
A family member of one of our members lives in eastern Canada. In a conversation the family member said,
“I can take care of that whipstitch,” meaning, “I can do that quickly.”
That was a new one for all of us.
A whipstitch is a simple sewing stitch used to join two pieces of fabric, knitting or crocheting together. It is the fastest way to complete that task, so the expression makes sense.
I found a different definition on
. [CAUTION: Some definitions on Urban Dictionary may cause you to lose sleep, or at the very least say “Ew.”] Urban Dictionary
“ every chance you get,” as in, “ my wife calling me at every whipstitch is getting very annoying.“
I hadn’t heard that one before either. I like it, even though I would have preferred a different sentence as a demonstration.
“Telemarketers calling at every whipstitch is getting very annoying.” There’s something we can all get on board with.
Do you have any local expressions to add to my list?
Here is a phrase I’ve heard some lately: “If I don’t laugh, I might cry.”
Laughing is good. Or dancing!
The God Who Only Knows Four Words
by Hafiz, as translated by Daniel Ladinsky in
The Gift: Poems by Hafiz the Great Sufi Master Every
Has known God.
Not the God of names,
Not the God of don'ts,
Not the God who ever does
But the God who only knows four words
And keeps repeating them, saying:
"Come dance with Me."
What Should We Do About That Moon?
by Hafiz, as translated by Daniel Ladinsky in
The Gift: Poems by Hafiz the Great Sufi Master A wine bottle fell from a wagon
And broke open in a field.
That night one hundred beetles and all their cousins
And did some serious binge drinking.
They even found some seed husks nearby
And began to play them like drums and whirl.
This made God very happy.
Then the "night candle" rose into the sky
And one drunk creature, laying down his instrument,
Said to his friend—for no apparent
"What should we do about that moon?"
Seems to Hafiz
Most everyone has laid aside the music
Tackling such profoundly useless
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“How was the weather?” people ask when we return from our cottage. They assume we would wish for nothing but sunshine and warmth.
But wet weather is a wonderful part of vacation life too. Rainy days are perfect for cocooning with a good book, or for settling in for a nap.
There are few sounds more soothing than rain on a cottage roof . . .
Photos are way more dramatic is wet weather too.
According to the ancient Polynesian wisdom of
Ka Huna, we should bless that which we want.
The shamans of Hawaii use the power of words and mind to heal the self, others and situations. They believe:
If we resent people who have what we want, our resentment keeps what we desire away. (Don’t you want to avoid resentful people?) If we believe ourselves unworthy of receiving, that drives away the object of our desire. (Wouldn’t you rather hang around with confident friends?)
Resentment and feelings of unworthiness are both negative emotions.
When we bless, there’s no room for negativity. Blessing nuzzles it out of the way.
Blessing has no space for thoughts like:
“Oh sure, why does he get to live in a big house when I’m stuck in a tiny apartment.” “Those shoes would look so much better on me.” “I don’t want to be a multi-millionaire. I don’t want to have to worry about handling all that money.”
When we bless others, their day gets a little brighter, and we feel better too. The positives grow in an ever-expanding ripple.
What do you want to bless today?
Another re-post during my mini-vacation. I spent last week participating in the
Humber School for Writers Summer Workshop. The writers in my group agreed: Writing is a tough slog. But then, so is life in general! I might as well spend some of it writing and occasionally stumbling into moments of bliss.
At a gathering of our local branch of the
, we writers shared words to describe the writing experience. Canadian Authors Association
Words for writing and life
Terror, right above Bliss.
Mystical right in the middle of everything.
Fun not far away.
Elusive, more than once.
Tranquility and Solace.
Hard work, Glass Wall, Escape.
Mindblowing, Universal, Wonder.
Our word cloud described the writing experience, and life in general.
A lone birch amongst other deciduous trees, hundreds of trilliums at its feet.
To me, the picture represents . . .
. . . determination to be authentic no matter what is going on around . . .
. . . a white tree being applauded by an audience of trilliums . . .
. . . alone, but not lonely. . .
What does the picture bring to your mind?