My happy thanks to everyone who participated in WIZ’s People Month.Â My list of folksÂ for whom I’veÂ felt deeply grateful includes:
Nephi Anderson (via Th.’s gravelly voice)
green mormon architect
And, of course, many thanks to WIZ’s loyal readers and commenters.
I appreciateÂ each writer’sÂ help keeping People Month on WIZ interesting and fun.Â We’ll do it again next year (maybe earlier), so start drawing up your People Month writing plans now.
In my dream, people mill at a fair, trying things theyâ€™ve never before done.Â Thereâ€™s horseback riding on flashy steeds and archery with brightly fletched arrows.Â
At the fairâ€™s farthermost edge, wings rest upon the green.Â Their colorsâ€”kite colorsâ€”catch at me.Â I cross the field whispering, Iâ€™ve always wanted to try this!Â An attendant helps me strap into the hang-glider.Â I snap helmet and goggles in place and cast myself to the wind.
Well, it turns out Iâ€™m a natural.Â Within me wakes the Aufklarung of flight, of orientation with the horizon and fearlessness in the face of movement ungrounded.Â I spin course by stars I cannot see and trust in winds I do not control.Â Over the green I soar, in accord with a finely drawn yet constantly changing map in my blood.Â I both follow and make the map as I go. Continue reading from “Flying in a confined space” by P. G. Karamesines
I thought it might be nice to make this Got Flight Week on WIZ’s People Month.Â Posts this week will play with the question: Can humans fly?Â If you’ve had a flying dream or other liberating experience related to flying, please, feel free to postÂ it in comments to this post or others published this week or submit yourÂ flight narrative to WIZ.
One of my hobbies is collecting words carrying the meaning of â€œunderstandingâ€ and whose root words are bound up in the metaphorical pairing of perceiving and graspingâ€”of aligning the focus of attention on something and the physical act of laying holdÂ upon or seizing.Â The American Heritage Dictionary gives the following definition for â€œunderstandâ€: To perceive or comprehend the nature and significance of; grasp. See synonyms at apprehend.â€Â There follow three more definitions relying upon the words â€œcomprehendâ€ and â€œgrasp.â€Â At the heart of both â€œapprehendâ€ and â€œcomprehendâ€ lies the Latin root prehendere, â€œto seize.â€
Here is a partial list of other words and phrases conveying the concept of understanding that contain root words set in the act of grasping or seizing: Continue reading Got flight?