Weird Word of the Week

WWW: Lemniscate

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A lemniscate is a plane curve with a characteristic shape, consisting of two loops that meet at a central point as shown below. The curve is also known as the lemniscate of Bernoulli. In the (x, y) plane, the lemniscate can be described in terms of the following general equation: (x 2 + y 2) 2 = 2a 2(x 2 – y 2)

Otherwise known as the infinity symbol, which sounds a whole lot more relatable to a non-math aficionado.Yet when I look at it, I see the number 8 on its side. Metaphysical people relate the number 8 to money and physical abundance manifestation. It speaks to strong ambition, independence, and courage. Eight is great! Lemniscate? Leave it to Latin to complicate something simple. Happens to be my favorite symbol. Image result for metaphysical meaning of eight

“To lemniscate, and beyond!”

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Doesn’t quite work.

Just Plain Strange, Weird Word of the Week

WWW: Acanthocephalan

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Pretty, huh?

What is it? The inspiration for a couple Star Wars cantina characters?

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It’s really a spiny-headed worm, or parasite, that lives in the gut of vertebrates. Creepier still? There are about 1150 different species of them.

Sweet dreams.


Day in the life

When No One Hears You

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Ever have times when you need someone to listen to your thoughts, your ideas, or your problems and you feel as if you are talking to a wall? You are met with resistance and offered explanations on why your thoughts, ideas, and problems are not real or true? You hear the word “no” a lot.

While your friends and family mean well, they don’t always listen. Oh, they hear select words and begin formulating responses before you are finished talking. They stop listening at a certain point and focus on that alone without hearing you out completely. Hurt feelings develop because you feel shut out, your thoughts and feelings are not important enough for full consideration.

Often, we just want to be heard. We don’t require advice or approval. We just need validation that our thoughts, ideas, or problems are worthy of someone’s time and attention. When we are not heard, we retreat into a tower of our own design, either a prison or a haven, to bandage our wounded heads and hearts.

Boo hoo, poor you. What can you do?

Talk louder?  Throw a temper tantrum like a spoiled child?

I write things out as if there is a fly on the wall reading it. I think perhaps we might just be working too hard to be heard by the wrong people. Maybe it’s prudent to move down another path and encounter new people. Maybe we should sit with ourselves instead of leaning on others to make it better. Maybe a shift in perspective is in order.

This morning I watched a young doe wander around the pasture behind my house looking lost. I watched her for about fifteen minutes. I put myself in her place, alone in the rain looking for which direction to head without another for guidance. She circled a small area and stared right at me for several minutes.

“What do I do? Which way to I go? Where are others like me?”

Being lost and alone is a temporary state. And the only way to find others like you is to move and continue to search. And the rain. (How I prayed for it though our painfully dry summer! Now we are getting too much.) But rain is cleansing. It washes everything and brings new growth. Clean slate, so to speak.

So, what if no one hears you? If you are quiet enough, you might hear that still small voice. “Psst. Over here.” And you’ll move in that direction, in a new mindset with a new perspective. Because remaining rooted in one perspective won’t help you to be heard.





Day in the life, Just Plain Strange

Menehune – Man or Mystical Myth?

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The Finding Bigfoot team went in search of Cryptomundo or Menehune (aka Little Foot), which falls into the Bigfoot family of. Menehune is considered to be a 3-foot tall or smaller manlike creature in Kauai. They are speculated to be descended from the original Marquesan settlers of Hawaii from the sixth century, before the arrival of the Polynesians. Shy, but welcoming, one theory has foreigners driving them back into the forest. Legend describes muscular little fireplugs with magical powers like leprechauns capable of building large structures and bridges overnight. They appear to be ape-looking people who wear loin cloths. Other reports make them appear more creature-like than human.

The items I dug up online was mere speculation.

Silly mockumentary:

Sightings continue to this day. And one report claimed that the 1820’s census included 65 Menehune residents.

Another legend says that a prince and princess were caught spying on them and the Menehune turned them into stone. (I know a couple people I wouldn’t mind turning to stone, ya?)



Weird Word of the Week

WWW – Arethusa and Argillaceous

Arethusa. Not the Greek Goddess “The Waterer” who left sea water for a fountain of fresh water…

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Not the Arethusa Dairy Farm…

But arethusa, the orchid, also known as Dragon’s Mouth or Swamp Pink.

An Orchid! Undoubtedly named after the goddess.

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Then what about argillaceous? That is something that resembles or contains clay. The word itself sounds like something awesome, as does anything ending in ous. Yummy.

How about an argillaceous arethusa? Fire up the kiln for the Waterer!

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Day in the life, Weird Word of the Week

WWW – Stomatopod

Any of various marine crustaceans of the order Stomatopoda, which includes squilla.

What’s a squilla? Mantis shrimp.

Squilla mantis

Looks like a lobster wearing a headdress of a fly with deer antlers. Creepy looking, but I’m betting tasty with clarified butter.

Yes, I’m having shrimp for dinner. I’m not sure why eating something that looks like a bug doesn’t bother me, yet anything with big eyes and fur bugs me. I do eat mammals, but not ones I have to look in the eye first. Really wish I didn’t have to, but my genetics dictate. I tried to be a vegetarian once and got pretty ill, even before I passed out and got a concussion on the Terrazo floor. My doctor said, “Bad idea with your blood.”

On a snowy day, a little stomatopod soup will go down nicely.




Weird Word of the Week

WWW: Dobsonfly

Not only is it a weird word, but it is a weird bug that has four large, many-veined wings. Get a load of this creepy-crawly.

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I have never heard of one or seen one before. Elegant in shape, but I wouldn’t want one to land on me! If you want to read more about them, the folks over at Real Monstrosities have done an article.

Fortunately, they only measure a few inches long and not a few feet. Visions of Mothman come to mind.

My first thought when I saw the word was a former co-worker named Dobson. “Fly Dobson, Fly!” Like “Run, Forest, Run!” And he would have to flee from a bug with prongs like those.

Anyone seen a live one?