Friday, April 26, 2013

W is for Words

Happy Friday, friends!

Today's inspiration is all about words. I love words. I always have. When I was in elementary school, my favorite word was identification. I remember spelling it out loud over and over again, no doubt driving everyone around me crazy. I just liked the way it sounded: id-en-ti-fi-ca-ti-on. I admired its beauty and rhythm, even if I couldn't express those feelings at such a young age.

Now, at a significantly older age, I can appreciate the sound and beauty of words, how they hit the ear and feel on the tongue, and as a writer, I'm inspired by the way they can be crafted and turned into something quite beautiful. I think that's the main reason I enjoy writing poetry so much, particularly haiku. I love the pictures I can paint with the right choice of words.

In addition to being beautiful, though, words are also powerful, as you'll see in today's video inspiration. I hope you enjoy it.



My daily haiku is now up at the Pulitzer Remix site. You can find it here. To those of you who have been reading and commenting: Thank you. Your support means so much!


Wishing you all a wonderful Friday. ☺

54 comments:

  1. One of my favorite words to say AND to use is "juxtaposition."

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    1. That's a nice one—good sounds!

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  2. such a touching and beautiful video---it reminds me of a lesson i learned in communicating with someone and trying to help them understand--it has stuck with me---it was, to create a word picture the person could identify with---like you do with your haiku :)

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    1. Sounds like a worthwhile project. And thanks. ☺

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  3. Discombobulate is one of my more recent favourite words since I read it recently and had to look it up. I've heard it many times since. The video brought a tear to my eye. Have a good weekend, Dana.

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    1. That one is such fun to say! I like it, too.

      I hope you have a great weekend, too.

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  4. I had seen this before but it always gets to me:)

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  5. What an amazing video. Thanks for always sharing these with us. I never r4ealized until you seperated the syllables that identification has six syllables!

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    1. You're welcome. I'm glad you're enjoying them. :)

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  6. Wow that's a lot of crows. I enjoyed the video too. My favorite word is--excruciatingly.

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    1. That's a fun word to say!

      Have you seen crows like that up in the trees? I love watching them.

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  7. have a great friday and weekend

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  8. Nice video! I remember when I was on my 5th grade, for some reason I couldn't pronounce the word " asked" Happy weekend , Dana:)

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    1. Glad you liked it! Have a great weekend. ☺

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  9. Such a lovely Blogpost. It's true words are incredibly powerful and we must be very careful when we use them, they have the power to make or break depending on the way we use them. Have you heard the song Words by Boyzone ? It's Beautiful!

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    1. I haven't, but I'll definitely check it out. Thanks!

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  10. Wow...that was powerful. Thank for the tears and the inspiration. :) I loved it. Have a wonderful Friday, Dana!

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    1. I'm glad you liked it. Happy weekend to you as well!

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  11. Funny I used to love Mississippi because you could spell it so fast. Enjoy your weekend.

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    1. That one also has a good sound. :)

      I hope you have a great weekend, too.

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  12. Words oh yes wonderful, love them but when it comes to hearing them I love to hear it from others as my diction is very very bad.

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    1. :) Have a wonderful weekend, friend.

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  13. painting with words....now that's lovely!

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  14. just now watched your video of the day...brought tears to my eyes...stunning film.
    Really makes one think.

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  15. Oh wow, that was a rough watch. Heartbreaking and beautiful.
    -Jamie
    ChatterBlossom

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    1. That's a good way to describe it. It just goes to show how powerful our words really are.

      Have a great weekend. ☺

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  16. What a lovely 'w'. We're behind but determined to finish the challenge - just may be a little late!
    Sending good wishes your way. I like the way you have integrated the daily video with your post. Nice work.
    Donna

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  17. A great W post! Have a wonderful weekend. :)

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  18. I have no idea what my favorite word was in elementary school. I know my least favorite, though --> Island. The first time I ever saw this word printed I was reading a paragraph of a story in one of my classes. I said "i(pronounce the s)land". Yup, the kids started laughing at me. I cowered into my seat feeling dumb. Silly kids. But I have turned over that leaf and love words now.

    Great W post of inspiration. :)

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    1. Look at you now: you're a writer! I guess you showed those kids!

      Have a great weekend. ☺

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  19. Man, that was powerful, and just goes to show how the juxtaposition...Wendy's word...of words can make your word...identification...with a statement change my word...attitude...into a Beautiful Day!

    I actually don't think in words. I think in pictures. Good thing, too...I'm a terrible speller.

    My Letters 'V-W'...Variety In Texas Wildflowers
    Sue CollectInTexasGal
    AtoZ LoneStar Quilting Bee

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    1. What I know you are is a wonderful storyteller! I hope you have a great weekend.

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  20. I've seen this video a couple of times but it always makes me mist up. Beautiful. So true that we need to pay attention to our words. People don't realize how powerful they actually are sometimes. :)

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    1. That's so true. We all need to think first and speak later. I'm working on that...

      Happy weekend!

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  21. Thanks for making me cry on a Friday night!

    Jaime at Awakenings and Reflections

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    1. I hope that's a good thing! :)

      Have a great weekend, Jaime.

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  22. Ah... what a perfect "W". I love words too (especially the ones you've been putting together lately).

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    1. That's so nice of you to say, Kate. Thank you. :)

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  23. Oh, Dana, this is great! As someone who worked in radio and print news, I learned and forgot that lesson over and over again. Words are indeed powerful!

    I don't know how many times I have seen that video. But every time I am reminded that when we change our words, we really do change our reality. And that change can have a huge impact on our lives.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!
    Bears Noting

    P.S.: Off to see your haiku.

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  24. A fellow journalist? Awesome. :)

    That video really is a great reminder. I plan on showing it to my kids when they're a little older.

    Thanks for reading and commenting on my haiku. I appreciate your support. :)

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  25. I never understood "the pen is mightier than the sword" until I started writing. I've always loved reading, but when you start writing, it makes a whole other perspective come to life too.

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    1. That's so true. Words are powerful things.

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  26. Wow! Nice video. Touches the heart...

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  27. Wow...this is a great video. Such a lovely thing for the woman to do. I've missed checking in! My dad's been sick for the past week...he's finally stabilizing a bit. congrats on finishing the a-z and on all your poems! What a busy month you've had! Enjoy your time off. :-)
    from The Dugout

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    1. I'm sorry to hear that your dad's been sick. I hope he's doing better today.

      Yes, that video gives us all something to think about, doesn't it? :)

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