GLYPH: a symbol, such as a stylized figure or arrow on a public sign, that imparts information nonverbally. (

—– I’m fascinated with the method of communication entailed in the concept of glyphs. They are symbols which are so visually accurate that they immediately convey the meaning of something without the use of words. In a society like ours where speed is king, glyphs play a huge role. The need for immediate access to […]

MYTH: a traditional or legendary story… with or without a determinable basis of fact or a natural explanation….(

——– The word myth is most commonly used to refer to ancient stories told by Greeks, Norsemen or Native Americans. The myths popularized by them are classic, and serve well to define the word. Deities who have supernatural powers to create the earth, regulate the weather, control the seas, and other feats of greatness capture […]

CRITIQUE: to review or analyze critically. (

It has become a holiday tradition for us to go to a movie on Thanksgiving and Christmas. We started this practice innocently when we found ourselves without a plan for a Christmas day, a houseful of family, and an inner need to do something other than crash on the sofa. Since then it seems like […]

BLACK FRIDAY: a day in which retail stores have enough sales to put them "in the black" (

——– I find it interesting that the name Black Friday applies so easily to this day, the day after Thanksgiving. (Does that make Thanksgiving the penultimate day to Black Friday?) Under ordinary circumstances, the term Black Friday refers to a specific day when the NY Stock Exchange dropped precipitously. In that case, black is used […]

GLUTTONY: excessive eating and drinking. (

——– Well, here we are at the most gluttonous holiday in the American calendar. Stop to think about it…it’s a holiday to commemorate a feast…or that’s what we have let Thanksgiving become. It started out (like many secular holidays) as a spiritual event, giving thanks for the blessing of new life in this amazing country. […]

SEDENTARY: accustomed to sit or rest a great deal or to take little exercise. (

————— Sedentary is a word I hear a lot when I’m in a physician’s office. He drops the word into conversations, not intentionally pointing to me, or referring to me, but being clear that he wants me to hear the word. It’s been made pretty clear to me that men get too sedentary after they […]