An Example of Contextual Study: Psalm 37:4

The only part with which I disagree is the ending, where the author congratulates the reader for reading a boring blog post. It is not boring to me.

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One of the most beneficial things I’ve learned in bible college is how important it is to treat each book of the Bible as an individual work of literature, instead of just picking out individual verses and using them to our advantage. If we pick out words or verses and separate them from their surrounding context, it can be very easy to misunderstand the true meaning of what is being said.

It’s the same way with life in general. If two friends are sitting in a room talking about Lebron James’ best dunks from the night before, you might hear someone say, “He’s sick!” But what does the word sick really mean here? Are they saying Lebron has come down with the flu? Or are they maybe saying that Lebron has some kind of mental disorder and has a “sick” mind?

No! They’re saying he’s a sick basketball player (i.e…

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An Example of Contextual Study: Psalm 37:4

The only part with which I disagree is the ending, where the author congratulates the reader for reading a boring blog post. It is not boring to me.

Stephen Warner's Blog

One of the most beneficial things I’ve learned in bible college is how important it is to treat each book of the Bible as an individual work of literature, instead of just picking out individual verses and using them to our advantage. If we pick out words or verses and separate them from their surrounding context, it can be very easy to misunderstand the true meaning of what is being said.

It’s the same way with life in general. If two friends are sitting in a room talking about Lebron James’ best dunks from the night before, you might hear someone say, “He’s sick!” But what does the word sick really mean here? Are they saying Lebron has come down with the flu? Or are they maybe saying that Lebron has some kind of mental disorder and has a “sick” mind?

No! They’re saying he’s a sick basketball player (i.e…

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Logophiles and Wordsmiths group

My blog doesn’t have a specific theme, but it does lean in the direction of the subjects of writing, grammar, and general wordsmithery – not that the latter is an actual English word, but it is an example of what can be done when one smiths words.

I want to share a link to a Facebook group for those who love the English language. It is called “Logophiles and Wordsmiths”. It was born on Sunday, February 7, 2016, in British Columbia, Canada, weighing 8 lbs, 4 oz (just kidding on the weight), so at the time of this blog entry, it is still very new.

Check out the description. If you think you’d feel comfortable with such a group, I invite you to join. Please note, if you do not know how to properly use “your/you’re”, “there/their/they’re”, “where/were”, and other common English written words, this is not the place for you. This is our haven from the sights of poor writing. If you ever end a sentence with the personal pronoun “I”, you will be removed.

If improper writing chafes your butt, you might enjoy not only the break from seeing such textual indiscretions, but also the camaraderie of others who appreciate and strive for fine English writing.

Oh, but we are not a stodgy bunch! There has been a lot of laughter in there, and I anticipate more of it.

Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/logophilesandwordsmiths/

I hope to see some more logophiles and wordsmiths in the group soon!

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Coffee Concoction for Weight Loss

A friend told me about this Valentus coffee stuff she’d been drinking that helped her lose weight. I had a few pounds to lose myself, but was frustrated by the lack of progress despite my best efforts that had worked in the past. After seven babies and nearing the age of 50, maintaining my ideal weight became a challenge.

I decided to give it a try and was impressed with the results. It’s not what I’d call cheap, working out to about $4.00 per day (our Canadian dollar is not good lately, but the product comes from the States, so it is cheaper for those who live there), which is less than what one would spend on something hot and delicious in a cafe, and, as it cuts cravings, it causes you to spend less on other treats in said cafe or fast food joints, and can make a dent in your grocery bill in general.

It is one of those “multi level marketing” things, and I am not a fan of those, but as it does help with weight loss and thus increase one’s health level, I feel I’d be amiss to NOT share it. Here is a link for it if you’d like to know more:

http://www.myvalentus.com/steeny

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Me at my ideal weight in 2013 – 5 more lbs to go

 

 

Herbatophile – new word for “tea freak”

There should be a word that means “someone who loves tea”. The phrase “tea freak” isn’t suitable to describe the gentle mingling of pleasantly scented herbs with the drinker of such concoctions.

The word for “tea”, though, in Greek isn’t much help – tsai. Even Latin doesn’t have a better translation for it. Spanish, French, German, Italian, and so many others also have words too similar to “tea” for it to sound nice with the Greek suffix of “phile” for “loving”.

Polish has “herbata” for tea, so… herbatophile? Can I mix Polish and Greek? Yes, I can! Bibliophile is French mixed with Greek for one who loves books, so… herbatophile it is. I think it is a harmonious blend for those who appreciate the warming pleasure of a good cup of tea.

I am a herbatophile. Are you?

(Edited to add a pronunciation description: herb-AT-o-file.)

Set free those chained thoughts

(Some inspiring, encouraging words on writing our thoughts, from a fellow WordPress blogger.)

Words dipped in Happiness

Just like we need to breathe in this moment, for life to take us to the next moment, similarly we need a little inspiration, for our time to take us into the next phase of life.

Sometimes we think too much about things which already happened in our life or things which we fear that may happen in the near future. This makes our present angry on us as we don’t give enough attention to it. Yes, our present is an attention seeker. Keep it happy. Our present is the only portal that can fulfill our dreams of tomorrow. Cherish your memories of yesterday and learn from the mistake of yesterday so that you can build new memories of tomorrow without making any wrong choices for your life.

Keep talking to yourself. What do you do keep a relation going? Keep talking, right? So keep yourself busy talking to yourself…

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Recipe Blogs Suck

I’ve got a lot of cookbooks, but the internet is so nice for pinpointing the right recipe in a hurry. However, I must say that I hate it when people bury the recipe under a bunch of unnecessary words. Write about food or post the recipe, but please don’t do both, at least not for my benefit. I’ll scroll through the frivolity until I see a recipe. I can do without the one-word sentences that show up, or the overuse of the phrase “oh-so-whatever”. And please spare me the “sentences” that are comprised of words followed by periods as though to emphasize. They look oh-so-silly.

I. Just. Can’t.

Seriously.

A photo or two is nice to go with the recipe, but I don’t need the step-by-step shots of opening the container, pouring the ingredient, or any other instructional on how to do basic cooking.

Post a recipe or do a food review, but please don’t mix the two.

Reading Is Escape

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“Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it’s a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it’s a way of making contact with someone else’s imagination after a day that’s all too real.”

Nora Ephron

I receive the Quote Of The Day from Goodreads and that was one of them. This is one of the few emails to which I subscribe. They are short and often inspirational for me as a writer.