Wednesday, January 21, 2015



GLASS (2011)
ROCK (2013)
SAVOR (2014)


DEFINE (2015)

The list began this month:  begin, refresh, regain, pursue, re-generate.  None of these said what was really on my mind.  I read more blog posts. 

I came across Linda Baie's blog labeled #Mymustreadin2014 and 2015.  One book she wants to read is called Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain.  I bought it for my Kindle.  "Someone wrote a book about introverts--the real me?" I thought.  Who am I really, and what do I want to accomplish this year?

I came upon a poem from Jama Rattigan's blog, Jama's Alphabet Soup, (01/09/2015 Friday Feast).  The poem by Barbara Crooker is called "AFTER THE HOLIDAYS" from her new book Small Rain.  I bought that book, too.  She writes poetry appreciating the small things in life. 

Crooker's words expressed the mood I was in with the cold and snow ending the holidays.  The word "define" then jumped out at me.  She referred to the new year and once again looking at our bodies, defining/firming our muscles.  Only I didn't think of my body or muscles--that has always been a challenge my whole life, new year or not.

I have already spent the last year savoring and deciding what's important in my life.  Is "defining" over kill?  I have a tendency to think too much sometimes and miss the "moment."  I'm also known for being blunt.  That scares me.  I don't want to hurt/offend anyone.  I do want to make a difference but at the same time embellishing "This is the way it is."  Rambling again.

Oh, my, "define" seems so strong of a word.  Do I need a word like this to "name," "identify," "illustrate," "decide," or "spell out" what I really want this year.  Maybe I need a word more lighthearted, spirited, sunny, or merry.  But I didn't choose them.

I will standby the word DEFINE, however.  Maybe it will surprise me.


  1. All your words are fascinating. I am curious to see how 'define' manifests itself.

  2. Love.

    I can't wait to see what happens as you live and learn DEFINE in 2015.

    Glad you are writing here again. Maybe CELEBRATE This Week?


  3. Remember to define yourself with large, interesting words - that's who you really are - don't sell yourself short with small, plain words. Just an observation from an old friend,

  4. What a perfect One Little Word! It looks good amongst its past buddies, too. I like the sound of it and the layers of meaning. It is seeking, reaching kind of word.

  5. So glad I happened to see you posted something when I was at Christy's blog today. I can't find a subscribe button here. I need to know when you post, because you are going to start writing again, right? I know you did this five weeks ago, but come on Tam, you need to write! Great word for this year, I did not choose one. So I am a drift in the world without a word to tether me.

  6. I love the progression of words. I think define suits you well. As you define priorities in your life, you help define my writing. Thank you!