From there, I've always wanted to know more. After all, words are far better than stickers, or baseball cards, or recipes, or even shoes. They make the mundane magical, they are always in style, and they always fit! *And, an added benefit (as if I need to sell YOU on how great words are) is that they are the key to rich, meaningful writing.
Last night, I began flipping through the bounty of new professional books I received from my district. Like a silver gilded leaf, Georgia Heard's "Incarnadine Seas" from Writing Toward Home landed serendipitously in my lap. In this piece bearing a Shakespearian moniker, Heard talks about the wonder of keeping a word notebook --- "words like shiny red tomatoes, picked from the vine, and ripening..." Beautiful. She describes the notebook as a "cup of possibility on days where I'm thirsty for words."
Gwendolyn Brooks says, "COLLECT WORDS!" So, the words I'm collecting right now....
- grimalkin --- an old, female cat
- amalgam --- combination of two or more components
- lucidity --- easily understood, intelligent
- nebulous --- hazy, vague, indistinct