A Week of Gratitude: Friday
The Rhythm of Things

It Sure Feels Like a Monday

That means it must be time to . . . 

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On Mondays, I usually share a few tidbits and miscellaneous things I discovered over the weekend. A little of this, some of that. Things to amuse, amaze, entertain, or inform. Maybe even something to rev you up! I don't know about you, but . . . it seemed like quite a long and leisurely weekend to me. I really need to get things revving and moving this morning.

So. Let's get to it!

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"There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want."
        --- Bill Watterson

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It's been a while since I've featured a word here to . . . start your engines. Let's dig in, shall we?

First, it's time for the folks at Oxford Languages to select their Word of the Year for this dumpster fire of a year. I don't know about you, but I've been anticipating their selection for 2020. Could it be . . . "Blursday?" "Doomscrolling?" "Lockdown?" "Flatten the Curve?" Nope! Turns out . . . instead of choosing a word for 2020, the Oxford folks have decided to highlight the entire pandemic's swift and sudden impact on the English language! Instead of choosing just one word to represent 2020, they have created a report: The Words of an Unprecendented Year. (Personally, I think "unprecedented" could have been the word for 2020. . . )

Next, I found this fun look at 25 words that are their own opposites! (Seriously. If you have fun with words, you're gonna LOVE this one.) I had never heard the term "contronym" before . . . but I am absolutely intrigued - now that I know it.

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It's been a tough several months. And it looks like things are going to remain that way -- dark, isolated, kinda scary -- for awhile yet. Oprah to the rescue! Yes. Oprah has put together her list of seven books that help her "through the tough times." Check out her list here, and maybe find something that will help you get through these tough times. 

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Sadly, it looks like our best (and safest) options for travel . . . will continue to be from our own armchairs - and computer screens - for a while yet. Here are a couple of interesting destinations for you:

First, let's head to Turkey! Click here for a look at the fabled honey forest in northeast Turkey. This adventure comes to us via the New York Times as part of their The World Through a Lens series -- launched early in the pandemic as a way to help us visit some of the world's intriguing sites without having to leave our homes. This is a fascinating look at beekeeping traditions in a most beautiful corner of the world.

Then, for something completely different, let's take a quick peek at a preview of The Costume Institute's upcoming show (currently postponed) (I think you can guess whyAbout Time, which shows us how fashion has changed in the last 150 years . . . and how it hasn't. Looks intriguing!

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And now . . . for a wonderful little claymation short film . . . that reminds us all that nobody is normal, and that however weird you feel inside you're not alone.

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Click here and then click in to this sweet little 80-second film by Catherine Prowse. It's a great way to start your day!

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And . . . that's it for me on this Monday morning.
Here's to a good one for all of us!

 

 

 

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Carolyn

You find SO MUCH great stuff over the weekends to share with us on Mondays—and that’s an understatement. Today’s loot feels especially rich, I don’t know where to dig in first :) I think it’s going to be those 25 words. Thank you!

Kat

I do like your finds! They are so perfect for Monday's (especially this Monday! lol) I love the word lists! And Oprah's list! (I added a few to my read list!)

Bonny

Those contronyms are fascinating! I spent some time mulling over the original list, then clicked on the link at the end of that article, then read all the comments on the second article. Thanks for providing me with a topic that Ryan and I will have a lot of fun discussing!

Sarah

Have you ever heard of an aptonym, or a person's name that seems very well suited to their profession? There is a real estate agent here named Ann Greathouse, which I find perfect every time I see it on a sign.

Loved that claymation piece. The main character reminded me of unspun Icelandic wool!

Carole

You're so cheerful today! Thanks for all the fun links, I'm off to check them out. I did look at Oprah's list already and I've read all of those books but one.

Karel

Sarah, my favorite aptonym (thank you!) is one I spotted a few decades ago in Lansing, Michigan. Leroy Angst is the president of his own insurance business. Yep, he named it Angst Insurance.

I still need to delve into the word end of today's post, but I have watched the claymation and have bookmarked a few of the Oprah selections already.

Geri

So much to read today! Love the contronyms! I would have enjoyed developing a lesson for my 6th graders on these words! Funny how the teacher in me sneaks in every now and then. The Costume exhibit made me a bit nostalgic. I’m sure that would have been one of our Day Art tours. Hopefully in the spring! Thank you for these gems!

kathy b

WonderfulLinks .Thanks. Claymation people remind me of MR BILL on SNL!

Vera

Claymation!!! So much fun. You do find the BEST links Kym - thanks for sharing.

Mary

Great links (as always), Kym - thank you! Feedly asked me if this post was about cinema and of course I clicked NO ... and then I read the post and saw why it was confused ;-) Also, I really need to read more Toni Morrison. and maybe I'll start with Song of Solomon?

Margene

Oprah's list of books will keep you busy for a long, long time. The Costume Institutes show is amazing and I loved the photos, narrative AND the video of the Gala. So many artistic ventures have been canceled or postponed and I worry for the art world no matter the medium. Thank you for bring us so many entertaining links (even if I am a week late in commenting!).

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