via Daily Prompt: Radiate

To radiate.  This word has its’ positive and negative meanings and connotations.  The positive have to do with warmth and beauty the negative have to do with health and pollution and environment.  Or do they cross over in some way?

Right now my computer and cell phone are giving off radiation.  Why are we told not to worry about this?  A lot of people disagree.  Radiation from nuclear fallout, atoms hitting each other.  Yes, there is natural radiation from the sun that we can’t live without. Radiation provides us with so much that we may not be able to comprehend it all in one sitting.  However, I don’t understand why radiation is used in medicine and for cancer patients.

I love sunflowers and they radiate happiness.  Big, strong, tall, and bright.

When someone is smiling from ear to ear, people say they are radiating happiness.

People who are empaths know that others radiate emotions, like a radio tower, and they tune into them.

How many things, good and bad, radiate in our lives?

Ascend or Descend, Your Choice

via Daily Prompt: Descend

Descend always makes me think of Dante going into the Seven Circles of Hell.  Down and down he went until the part where Hell does actually freeze over.

It makes me think of Steven King.

It makes me think of going down, of horror movies, and Edgar Allen Poe.  The dark staircases with a flashlight coming around the corner, of pyramids, Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, sleuths with flashlights searching for clues.

Descend is the action, the verb.  Descent is the noun, the thing.

The best thing you can do is ascend, go up.  Pick the best way, the best reaction to a situation.  Ascent is the noun.

Religions carry a lot of stories and beliefs about people ascending, Elijah, Jesus, Mohammed, to name a few.

The more one complains, the more they will not ascend.  They will descend.  Do not bring negativity into your life.  Always ask that whatever this negative is to turn it into a positive situation.  That’s the best way to stay away from descent and to keep going.



This is an adverb.  It describes a verb.

To blindly follow…..this is the expression, the idiom I think of first.

One can blindly follow people, beliefs, groups, teachings.  One takes in what is being said without processing, without thinking about, or are they?

Does one truly follow blindly or does one make the choice to follow?

Daily Prompt: Crossing

via Daily Prompt: Crossing.

Crossing.  Crossing the road.  Stop.  Look both ways.  Make sure there is no oncoming traffic.  When it is clear, proceed.

January is a month of crossing from one calendar, one year, to the next.

People crossing their fingers for good luck.

There is the physical and emotional crossing.  The physical we do all of the time, crossing from one place to another.  The emotional is when we make decisions that change our lives.  We have crossed over to a new path.

The nice language, the Orwellian language for dying and death is “crossing over.”  When a family pet died last year, everyone talked about “crossing the rainbow bridge”.  Where the now dead continue on is a matter of faith or not.

Railroad crossing.

Where else in like is there a crossing?


Ingressus is Latin for “ovation” according to Google Translate.  More quick research shows that it comes from the Latin “ovare” which means to “exult”.

All I can think of are the words ovary and ovum.  Does anyone know of any connections?  I know for instance the prefix “hyster” from where English gets “hysterical”, “hysteria”, and “hysterectomy” are all related to the female gender.  When is a man ever called “hysterical”?  And yes, “hysterical” can be a synonym for “funny” as well.

The most common context is standing ovation, to stand and exult someone or a group of people.

Somehow in English ovation and exult just don’t go together.  In my view of the word, exult is similar to worship or praise, most generally in a religious sense.  Yet as a society we do this with other famous people as well.  To me, ovation is clapping, cheering, whistling.  People show exulting through different vocal means.

Ingressus also makes me think of the game “Ingress” which is similar to Pokemon Go. People use an app to find certain things.  To ingress means going in.


Vice Away

Spoiler: Without some kind of vice……..

The hardest part about English is that one word may have several different meanings in different parts of speech.  I was working with clients today and going over prepositions (are you falling asleep yet?) and they asked about the word “away”.  Away is not a preposition.  It is mainly an adverb but can also be a noun.

Okay, on to the word “vice”.

In English we have Vice President, viceroy, vice.  Vice comes from Latin and is one of those words that didn’t change over between the languages.

Viceroy is a ruler.

Vice President is second in command.

A quick search also showed that “vice” can mean a substitute for another but is not a common usage.  But you never know….

Most people are familiar with vice in regards to criminals.  For example, the show “Miami Vice” and most police departments have a narcotics and vice division.  Vice is what society deems illegal.

But everyone has their vices, whether it is chocolate or gambling.

Without some kind of vice, we are not human.  Something to ponder.

Take a Hike

Whenever I teach English idioms, this can be one of the tougher idioms to walk through, no pun intended.

What does “hike” mean to you?  A hike can be a long walk, a long period of travel, or with regards to money, money and prices can hike, they can go up.

On the base level, we know to take a hike means to take a nice walk, a tough, challenging walk in nature.

However, the idiom goes to another level.  When we tell someone to take a hike, or someone else tells us to take a hike, it means to leave in a negative way.  Leave, good-bye.

Hopefully that hike will be a better to a better place.