These words will invigorate your vocabulary:
Acrophobia - abnormal fear of high places.
Acquiesce - to agree or consent w/o protest.
Agoraphobia - abnormal fear of being in public.
Bete noire - person or thing feared, disliked, avoided.
Bundestag - the federal diet, or assembly, of West Germany.
Carte blanche - full authority.
Certitude - a feeling of absolute sureness or conviction.
Dark horse - regarded by few as a likely winner.
Duchy - territory ruled by duke or duchess.
Emolument - gain from employment or position.
Panache - dashing style, swagger.
One of the worst things for seniors is we no longer see or hear as well as we used to. And the worst thing likely is forgetfulness senior moments.
I spend a lot of time thinking of the hereafter - meaning I go upstairs to get something and then wonder what I'm here after! You, too?
Not in a lot of years have I heard anyone employ the word, perspicacity, in describing someone. It means having keen judgment or understanding; acutely perspective.
Item from the web: "I decided to stop calling the bathroom the John and renamed it the Jim. I feel so much better saying I went to the Jim this morning."
And this: "Gone are the days when girls used to cook like their mothers. Now they drink like their fathers."
A dozen or so years ago, in addressing the Weirton Rotary Club, I mentioned the No. 1 fear of most people is having to make a speech. The No. 2 fear is having to listen to one.
In 1995, Jay Rockefeller paid our city a supreme compliment in saying, "Weirton is what every town in America wishes it could be. It is how many people would like to see themselves. You take care of one another. You look out for each other, because that's what neighbors and families do. From the Italian community to the Polish, to the Slovak and every other, you are, above all, neighbors, coworkers and friends."
Accurately stated, senator. May we always live up to those flattering remarks!
Who was the first U. S. President to have a telephone on his desk?
Herbert Hoover. Up until 1929, the president used a phone booth outside his office.
In one of my speeches in 2002, I noted that in modern America, influenced by television personalities, we like messages of three words - such as "like a rock," "where's the beef?," "whatever it takes," "knock yourself out" - and so forth.
Here were my closing thoughts: discontent is good; make a commitment; don't accept mediocrity; do it better; remember to share; count your blessings; and finally, serve with gratitude!
Witty cartoon caption: "If you need a shoulder to cry on, pull off to the side of the road."
To do great important tasks, two things are necessary: a plan and not quite enough time.
This friend of mine had a novel thought about exercise: start slow and then gradually taper off to nothing.
From a buddy in Columbus, Ohio: "A gushy reporter told Phil Mickelson, 'you are spectacular; your name is synonymous with the game of golf. You really know your way around the course. What's your secret?' Mickelson replied, 'The holes are numbered.'"
Well-stated words: "Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits, they become character; watch your character, it becomes your destiny.
In a very competitive outing at Williams Country Club the morning of July 11, I was paired with David Gould, and we battled Rick Smith and his partner, Bernie Bish, who hadn't played much this year.
Scores were rather high. The rough was cruel.
The match ended in a tie when I got down in four on the par four 18th. Gould was medalist, while the ambidextrous Smith had birdies on No. 2 and No. 7. A good test on a tough course and a ton of fun, as well.