What Does Coziness Mean?

Let’s start with the etymology. What do the words themselves teach us about how to make a room cozy? Cozy There is a connection to the Norwegian words kose seg, meaning “to bask, to enjoy oneself, to be cozy”, and koselig, which loosely translates to “coziness.” The OED doesn’t recognize this connection, however. It says … Continue reading What Does Coziness Mean?

Why Poetry?

I don’t quite understand my fascination with poetry. I prefer writing it to reading it; I’m very picky about what poems I enjoy reading. I don’t have a community of people around me who like it. Why can’t I stop writing it? Why can’t I stop reading the ones I like? What’s the draw? What … Continue reading Why Poetry?

The Hermit, Part 1: Upright

Etymology I always want to start with words! Our symbols may be nonverbal, but we have to talk about them with words, and those words become symbols themselves! Have you ever had a dream where your brain made a symbol or image out of a pun? “Hermit” comes from the Greek erēmitēs, meaning “person who … Continue reading The Hermit, Part 1: Upright

Why Writing Prompts Don’t Work (for Me)

If you’re not a writer--first of all, why not?--and second of all, maybe you’re not familiar with the phrase “writing prompts.” You’re familiar with the idea: in school, when you were assigned a topic to write about, that was a prompt. At work, if you ever have to prepare some prose on a given proposal, … Continue reading Why Writing Prompts Don’t Work (for Me)