Wayfarer


Wayfarer (n.) – Origin: English – Definition: Someone who travels, especially on foot.

I love to hike and travel and walk towards the unknown.  Walking allows you to really take your time and observe the life and things around you.  I like walking with people and equally, walking alone.

So many footsteps later and I’m still walking and preferring to walk.  However, I have finally arrived back in the U.S. where I will be posted for the next two years and I actually forgot how difficult it can be to walk to things during your normal daily life.  Like restocking your food supply, picking out furniture, public transportation with an area rug.  Anything that requires more than two light bags of things to carry can be complicated and painful.

My car is still in transit and everything is close to where I live.  So I didn’t think walking would be an issue.   That is until I remembered how I shop.  Only 3 things needed today, easy peasy.  But wait.. wow.. i haven’t seen this in awhile.  25 items later… 20 minutes by foot later.. arms about to fall off later.. I broke down and bought a little red wagon.  Or as my sister likes to call it a foldable grocery cart.

I am dreaming of long hikes with only a backpack, or better yet.. just a water bottle.  No complaints though really.  I am still loving walking.  I will continue to walk.  I just have to become good friends with my newest and closest companion.. Why, hello Amazon..

By foot: Walking Beyond the Dark Forest; Best Foot ForwardForest Walking; Morning Lightwalking home; Better a bare foot than none-George Herbert; Victoria on footWalking the beach; Walking Blind; ON FOOT IN FRANCESometimes I feel like I’m walking on mars; Swiss SundayA Walking Tour of Naples; Foot-wearCalifornia beach walking; the shoe kind of hurts on the other footWalking in the Dark

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cicatrix


Cicatrix:  1.  a scar.  2.  a mark resembling a scar.

How do you use cicatrix in a sentence?
It was when he reached high that I saw the scar, a deep, ragged cicatrix from above the elbow to the wrist. Sibility was very distinct in it, and its parietes were so thinned by distension that at the site of the cicatrix the skin was not thicker than a bladder.
Synonyms:  mark, maim, keloid, blemish, prepuce, deface, disfigurement, injury, emotional injury, hurt, damage, loss, flaw, imperfection, scab, scratch, gash, suture, crack …. something we all have whether you can see it or not.
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“Emotional scars run deeper than the Nile and often lie lurking behind a smile.”- Khang Kijarro Nguyen
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I wish I could say something classy and inspirational, but that just wouldn’t be our style. Pain heals, chicks dig scars, glory lasts forever. It’s been an honor sharing the field of battle with you.  ~~ Keanu Reeves as Shane Falco in The Replacements 2000
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I used to play a game called scar one-upmanship with my sailor friends.  If you see a visible scar on someone, you ask what happened.  Once they tell you what happened, you proudly boast.. “Oh yeah? Well take a look at this.” and you show them your equal or more damaged evidence of injury.  You are required to give details of what exactly happened.  You go back and forth until you run out of tales to tell.

From every wound there is a scar, and every scar tells a story. A story that says, “I survived.”  ~~Craig Scott    ________________________________________________________

Another version of this game is called, “Tell me the story of your scars.”  It is a little more empathetic and less of a competition.  However, it is a great way to really get to know someone and how they became the person they became.

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.  ~~Khalil Gibran

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It is also a way to create an even playing field. Yes, slightly morbid, but it takes all of the secrets and shames that have been hidden and lays them bare on a table.  It shows that, despite your scars, or my own, we are equal.  We have all fallen at some point in our lives.  We have all been cracked, shattered, broken, devastated and/or destroyed.
Smile though your heart is aching
Smile even though it’s breaking
When there are clouds in the sky, you’ll get by
If you smile through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You’ll see the sun come shining through for you…. ~~~ Nat King Cole
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If everyone did not have them, why are there so many artists with scars as part of their title or songs written about scars?
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So many scarred stories represented in movies? Below was beautifully represented by another blog:
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Tony Montana: It’s inevitable that a character nicknamed  ‘Scarface’ will make this list. tonyTony is blasé about his scar, laughing it off, attributing it to his youth but never getting specific. It’s obviously a reminder of the past he left behind, and it’s a focal point to his enemies, something that makes him look scary and intimidating, perhaps warning them that he’s capable of violence. But in true Tony spirit, he addresses his scar only thusly: “You should see the other kid; you can’t recognize him.” I bet that’s true.
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The Joker: I suppose there are probably dozens of back stories as to how The Joker got his scars, but I love how Chris Nolan approaches them in The Dark Knight. The Joker himself tells several vastly different tales involving their provenance, which reveals nothing about their true nature, but tonnes about his sanity. The way he accents the scars with makeup makes us think he’s proud of them. He wants them to be noticed. Perhaps he wants us to believe they’re self-inflicted. Perhaps they are.
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20110713_scars-1-harrypotter.nocrop.w375.h670Harry Potter: Harry got his distinctive lightning-bolt scar in a failed murder attempt, when Lord Voldemort put a killing curse on him (his mother’s sacrifice saved him from death, but he would bear the mark of the attack). The scar is legendary among the magic set, and it tingles whenever the Dark Lord is near. It wasn’t just a warning system, but a link to what Voldemort was thinking and feeling – actually a small piece of his soul, yearning to escape. Which is pretty crazy.
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Edward Scissorhands: Edward’s face (and not just his face) is covered with fine scars, 350191
the obvious result of learning the hard way how to live with scissors for hands. They aren’t terrible to look at, and actually give him a sympathetic look, reminding us of his hardships. Since the movie skewers conformity, Edward’s scars are just another thing that set him apart.
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Marv: Sin City’s Marv is supposed to be too “ugly” to attract the opposite sex, which is why his relationship with Nancy is so pure and good, and highly cherished by him.
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Scar: In Lion King, Mustafa’s brother is marked for evil by eye-skimming scar that leaves him disfigured. The movie doesn’t tell us how he got it, but we do know he’s defined by it, bearing its nickname.
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Gill: Gill has terrible scarring to his face and fins after an escape attempt left him badly wounded by dental tools. Voiced by Willem Dafoe, Finding Nemo’s Gill seems dark and brooding because of his scars, but we come to understand that they’re a symbol of his fight for freedom, and what the fish are willing to risk in order to be free.
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Inigo Montoya: “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” A mysterious man with 6 fingers attacked Inigo’s father, and presumably Inigo’s scar is from that same fight. His greatest wish is to avenge his father’s death, and he spends much of The Princess Bride pursuing the man who left so many scars in his wake.
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Darth Vader: Vader’s scars represent his turn from annoying emo brat to pure evil. As main-qimg-b22185b5f56500fa08f9e8b3a426e005-c.jpgthe ghost of Obi-Wan tells Luke: “When your father clawed his way out of that fiery pool, the change had been burned into him forever – he was Darth Vader, without a trace of Anakin Skywalker. Irredeemably dark. Scarred.”

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“I don’t want to die without any scars.” ~~Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

Scars: Healing Is Not Linear; The Strength In Our Scars; Unbounded; Deep scars; Tears of My ScarsRonovan Writes; Salt In The Wound – A Quadrille; SCARS; dualdrew; sleeping scars; Creative Chic; Some Scars; Scars of the Past; The Art of Apology

Ineffable


Inefffable: (adj) Too great to be expressed in words. late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin ineffabilis, from in- ‘not’ + effabilis

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Let us think the unthinkable, let us do the undoable, let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all. ~~ Douglas Adams

I attempt to surround myself with ineffable individuals.  I put them on a pedestal, not so much to elevate them, more in an endeavor to hoist myself to their awesomeness.  I seek to balance myself next to them and with my utmost energy work on becoming equal to them.

“Surround yourself with those who won’t compete but will revel in your success and see your ascent as a reflection of their own possibilities.”  ~~T.D. Jakes

When you surround yourself with negativity and ugly, I think you become that.  I have been scolded by many for appearing to run away from problems.  I have tried to explain that I am not running away from anything, just trying to run towards solutions, happiness, and the amazing light that I find when moving away from the dark.

“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.”  ~~ A. A. Milne

I seek the company of dreamers and achievers, those with strength, dignity, ethics, and humor.  My best companions, friends, and mentors are those that strive for the best, even when surrounded by the worst and build me up, helping me to build up others.

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“Surround yourself with those who see greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself!”  ~~Zig Ziglar

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Orphic – Ludic – Kalon


The first is “orphic,” defined as “having an importance or meaning not apparent to the senses nor comprehensible to the intellect; beyond ordinary understanding.”  Of or relating to Orpheus or the rites or doctrines ascribed to him. 2 : mystic, oracular. 3 : fascinating, entrancing.

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“To Selene (Moon)

Hear, Goddess queen, diffusing silver light, bull-horn’d and wand’ring thro’ the gloom of Night.
With stars surrounded, and with circuit wide Night’s torch extending, thro’ the heav’ns you ride:
Female and Male with borrow’d rays you shine, and now full-orb’d, now tending to decline.
Mother of ages, fruit-producing Moon [Mene], whose amber orb makes Night’s reflected noon:
Lover of horses, splendid, queen of Night, all-seeing pow’r bedeck’d with starry light.
Lover of vigilance, the foe of strife, in peace rejoicing, and a prudent life:
Fair lamp of Night, its ornament and friend, who giv’st to Nature’s works their destin’d end.
Queen of the stars, all-wife Diana hail! Deck’d with a graceful robe and shining veil;
Come, blessed Goddess, prudent, starry, bright, come moony-lamp with chaste and splendid light,
Shine on these sacred rites with prosp’rous rays, and pleas’d accept thy suppliant’s mystic praise.”
― Orpheus

Here’s the second word: “ludic,” which means “playful; full of fun and high spirits.”  ludic \LOO-dik\ adjective. : of, relating to, or characterized by play : playful.

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“Non-instrumental, playful behavior thrives on a continuing negotiation with the various forms of discipline, exploitation and spectacle which constitute the contemporary city. Play concentrates attention on practices which have a dialectical relation to the order, fixity and functional and semiotic determinism of built form.”
― Quentin Stevens, The Ludic City: Exploring the Potential of Public Spaces

The third word is “kalon,” which refers to “profound, thorough beauty.”  the ideal of physical and moral beauty especially as conceived by the philosophers of classical Greece.

The branches of the trees that wave to me in the subtle winds make me rejoice and feel at one with Mother Nature. Mark J. Stevens, Luisa’s Nature

“When the inner beauty exceeds the outward beauty–it creates a magical dance in the heart.”  ~~ Angie Karan.

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attitude, experiments, adventures: Playful; The Mystic Cave; MYSTIC ORB; mystic waters; Playful Sea Lions; Listening to the silence; Know; Mystic Castle; Mystic Reinefjorden; The strong yet playful wind; Soothe Mystics; Her Worth!Be curious.  Be genuine.  Be playful.; Decisions in nature; The Short Tale of Lo Zu and the Toad Warts…; Message from light to color of life; moths; I’ve Been Doing Even More Thinking about Thinking

Hireath


Hireath (noun) Origin: Welsh | HEER-eyeth A homesickness for a home to which you cannot return, a home which maybe never was.

Home is wherever I hang my hat.  ~~Miriam Margolyes

It’s so funny to me.  I only lived there for three years out of the fifty-five I have under my belt.  It was my home for such a very short time.  It’s not that I cannot return to it, it is not that it never was my home.  It was.  I knew it was not really my forever home. It did feel sometimes that I had been there forever.

Those days and times, they were so vivid.  I sometimes dream of going back there and living forever.  I sometimes have dreams I am, in fact, there.  I wake up and feel a homesickness like that of when I am missing my native home.  The people.  The food.  The friends. The hikes. The smells, tastes, and sounds.

I have lived in many other places and have loved most of them.  However, this is the place I feel most tied to and one day … I am sure I will go back.

“Rhys absorbed that with chagrin. “No one has ever accused me of being a romantic,” he said ruefully.
“If you were, how would you propose?”
He thought for a moment. “I would begin by teaching you a Welsh word. Hiraeth There’s no equivalent in English.”
“Hiraeth,” she repeated, trying to pronounce it with a tapped R, as he had.
“Aye. It’s a longing for something that was lost, or never existed. You feel it for a person or a place, or a time in your life…it’s a sadness of the soul. Hiraeth calls to a Welshman even when he’s closest to happiness, reminding him that he’s incomplete.”
Her brow knit with concern. “Do you feel that way?”
“Since the day I was born.” He looked down into her small, lovely face. “But not when I’m with you. That’s why I want to marry you.”
― Lisa Kleypas, Marrying Winterborne

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The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned. ~~ Maya Angelou

“Do you know that high fever which invades us in our cold suffering, that aching for a land we do not know, that anguish of curiosity? There is a country which resembles you, where everything is beautiful, sumptuous, authentic, still, where fantasy has built and adorned a western China, where life is sweet to breathe, where happiness is wed to silence. That is where to live, that is where to die!”

– Invitation to a Voyage”
― Charles Baudelaire, Paris Spleen and Wine and Hashish

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