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Word Goal of the Week: Syzygy

By Chuck Poole

Syzygy (noun) Pronounced: [siz-i-jē]   Definition The arrangement of three celestial bodies in a straight line The metaphorical alignment of two people, ideas, or events   A Simple Reflection on the Word   Solar and lunar eclipses, gravitational pulls, and enhanced planetary effects can emerge when a syzygy takes place. The most common occurrence of…

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Word of the Week: PATULOUS

By Chuck Poole

Patulous (adjective) Pronounced: [pa-CHə-ləs]   Definition Open or expanded Spreading out from a center, as the branches of a tree   A Simple Reflection on the Word An oak tree can offer shade and comfort due to the patulous branches that extend from its trunk. The Angel Oak is a massive example of such a…

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Word of the Week: Velleity

By Chuck Poole

Velleity (noun) Pronounced: [vuh-lee-i-tee] Definition A mere wish, unaccompanied by effort to obtain A wish or inclination not strong enough to lead to action A Simple Reflection on the Word Whether they are based on a shooting star, or candles on a birthday cake, the wishes we make say a lot about who we are…

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Word of the Week: PETRICHOR

By Chuck Poole

Petrichor (noun) Pronounced: [ˈpeˌtrīkôr] Definition A distinctive scent, usually described as earthy, pleasant, or sweet, produced by rainfall on very dry ground. The smell produced when rain falls on dry ground, usually experienced as being pleasant A Simple Reflection on the Word If you have ever “smelled the rain” before a storm hits on a…

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Word of the Week: PROPINQUITY

By Chuck Poole

Propinquity Pronounced: [pro-pin-kwə-tee]   Definition Close kinship Physical nearness   A Simple Reflection on the Word   The most powerful influences in our lives usually come from within the relationships we form. The “Propinquity Effect” is a concept that claims we are most likely to develop affection for someone, and form friendships or romantic relationships…

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Word of the Week: SUBMONTANE

By Chuck Poole

Submontane Pronounced: [səb-män-tān] Definition Passing under mountains At or near the base of a mountain A Simple Reflection on the Word A submontane village is one that is found at the base of a mountain. Many of these villages do not see sunlight for months at a time due to the enormous shadows cast upon…

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A Word for Teachers: DERACINATE

By Chuck Poole

Deracinate Pronounced: [dē-rasə-nāt] Definition To uproot To take something out of its native environment A Simple Reflection on the Word In order for a garden to flourish and reach its full potential, a gardener must deracinate the weeds that are spread throughout the landscape. If the roots of the weeds interfere with the intended plants,…

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A Word For Teachers: APERTURE

By Chuck Poole

Aperture Pronounced: [APP-er-cher]   Definition An opening or hole In photography, the opening in a lens that admits light into a camera   A Simple Reflection on the Word Aperture can be used to describe any type of opening, but it is most recognizable in relation to photography. With the advancement of digital photography, and…

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A Word for Teachers: LAMBENT

By Chuck Poole

Lambent Pronounced: [ˈlam-bənt]   Definition Glowing softly Gently glimmering A Simple Reflection on the Word A soothing campfire, a flickering candle, or a soft ambient bulb are all examples of lambent light. Although it may be gentle and soothing, lambent light actually travels at exactly the same speed as a bright, hot spotlight — about…

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A Word for Teachers: UNDERSTUDY

By Chuck Poole

Understudy Pronounced: [uhn-der-stuhd-ee]   Definition to learn (a role) in order to replace the regular actor or actress when necessary. one who is prepared to act another’s part or take over another’s duties   A Simple Reflection on the Word An understudy is often considered to be the unsung hero of the theatre. Their job…

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