LANGUISH: to undergo neglect or experience prolonged inactivity; suffer hardship and distress:

A black man with hands outside the bars of a prison cell

  It is quite common to read an article about someone who has been sentenced to prison for a long time, and to find the words, “The prisoner languished in prison for 30 years.” There is no question as to what the writer of the article is attempting to portray.  The man or woman about […]

MENDICANT: a beggar, panhandler


Every day he’s standing there at the intersection, rain, snow, sleet, or sunshine.  He holds a simple sign indicating that he’s homeless and needs help.   I’m on my way to Starbucks to get an expensive cup of coffee, and it seems like a travesty to pass him by.   I keep a dollar bill in the […]

TRAUMA [TROU-muh]: an experience that produces psychological injury or pain.


Yesterday, when leaving Church, we heard the sirens.   They kept coming…and coming…and coming.   It was a tragedy that had occurred at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center just a couple of blocks away.   You probably read in the news  about the circus performers whose equipment failed and they fell onto the floor of the performance center, sustaining […]

AVUNCULAR: pertaining to an uncle

Isn’t it amazing that there’s even a word for it?   Uncles are the forgotten relative is so many cases.  But somebody, someplace along the line decided that avuncular was a necessary word to describe a specific relationship.  But when you come down to thinking about it, there is something special about the role of an […]