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Confirmed in a Habit, Firmly Established

I’ve been toying with the word inveterate in my mind for a couple of weeks. It would make a good New Year’s Day post, I figured. I mean, just look at the definition in the dictionary, practically screaming for a post: Inveteratein·vet·er·ate | \ in-ˈve-t(ə-)rət\Definition of inveterate1: confirmed in a habit : HABITUAL     an…

Culture | Language | Learning

Breaking the Norm

I’ve been skimming the surface with the French language for eleven months now. Eleven months of daily lessons on the Duolingo app, making sure I hit the bare minimum and some days a little bit more. And as you might expect I’ve learned the basic words that they repeat in their lessons, struggle a bit…

Language | Learning | Personal Growth

Striving for Prévoyance

“C’est une prévoyance très nécessaire de sentir qu’on ne peut tout prévoir.”(“It is a very necessary forethought to feel that you cannot foresee everything.”) – Jean-Jacques Rousseau Prévoyance. The word tantalizes me, capturing my imagination, tauntingly just out of reach. It’s a French word, essentially translating basically to “foreseeability”. Prévoyance is powerful when applied to…

Language | Learning | Poetry | Reading

Really Only Words

“All things are really only words in a tongue of endless gobbledygook that someone or something is writing in a book that is the history of the world. In herds, you, I, everyone, Carthage, Rome travel, and my unfathomable life too, and this stigma of having been an accident, a cipher, an enigma, of being all…

Habits | Language | Lifestyle | Philosophy | Productivity

Keep it Simple

I quietly shelved plans to hike yesterday. Thunderstorms in the forecast, friends coming over, yard work to do… you know: excuses.  Instead I did projects and regretted not getting out there and hiking.  Lesson learned.  But the bulkhead looks better than it ever has with a fresh coat of paint and the lawn has been…

Language | Learning | Travel

Je Suis Vivant

I thought I was doing pretty well learning French until the four people in the row ahead of me on a flight back when the world was almost normal started speaking rapid-fire French to each other and I realized I have a long way to go. It was like putting a student driver in the…