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Word of the Month: Noel
December 31, 2015, 20:51
Filed under: Words of the Months

Etymology: From Old French Noel, meaning ‘Christmas’ or ‘the Christmas season’; itself from Latin Natalis, short for natalis dies, or ‘birthday’.

Definition: Christmas, Christmastide, etc. Also a given name (masculine; feminine is Noelle) traditionally given to those born at Christmastime.

Some people with the name Noel include Noël Coward, a 20th-century British playwright and songwriter, a French and a New Caledonian politician both named Marie-Noëlle, and (Noel) Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary.

I don’t have much else to say about this word, so to close out this post and the year, click here to hear me play the Christmas carol ‘The First Noël’ (on the recorder, because my flute’s being overhauled).

Please let me know if there are any words you would like featured by commenting on this post.


We Are All Baby Factories… and We Can Be More
December 7, 2015, 20:10
Filed under: Uncategorized

Consider this: All human life, at its simplest, revolves around one goal: To make more humans who can then repeat the process to achieve the same goal. Everything else is simply added on.

This has more implications. It means that every romance story ever written, every love song, every love poem, everyone who ever wasted away  or made grave mistakes or achieved great things for love, is a side effect of this process.


However, as a simple look around you will demonstrate, there is more to human life, and to humanity, than that.

Each of us, as a conscious being, has- in addition to the simple need to make life, and the basic needs of existence- likes, dislikes, aesthetics, creativity, animosity, generosity, pride, ambition, and a simple need to be entertained. If these, and other qualities too numerous to name, are allowed to flourish, then we can achieve great things and small things, good things and bad things, and everything in between.



A device for helping society to cope with the essential fact that we are humans, and thus, baby factories.