Stress

I know you know what the word “stress” means. You understand it intellectually and you’ve experienced it physically and psycho-emotionally. You can easily use it in a sentence and its spelling does not confound you. Nope, not a new word or concept to you or to anybody, really, so why would I choose it as the topic for this week’s blog?

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Petrichor

I love when words have just one meaning. Words so specific they cannot be co-opted to describe something else. I love when a word instantly evokes a sensory memory. A word that as soon as I use it, I feel or taste or touch something all over again. I also love my friends who love words. Friends like Susan Doner who, as we trolled the shops along Vancouver’s Robson Street last week, enlightened me to the term “petrichor.”

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On risk

I’ve been thinking a lot about relationships over the past few weeks. Not so much the ones I have with human beings, my three pets and the world, but the ones I have with words. I was going to say “certain” words, but actually, I have relationships with every word I use. 

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The whole thing is a tornado

I’m writing a novel. There! I said it. It’s taken 24 years for me to allow a huge dream of mine to find its way into reality, but it’s happening one word, one page, one day (not necessarily consecutive) at a time. 

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Jody Carrow