What is your ONE WORD?

 

If you can't pronounce a word, it's probably not the right one to make Your Word.  (Picture by Marylin Warner)

If you can’t pronounce a word, it’s probably not the right one to make Your Word. (Picture by Marylin Warner)

 

 

Sign it, sing it, paint it, think it ~ it's your One Word.

Sign it, sing it, paint it, think it ~ it’s your One Word.

“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and lightning bug.” ~ Mark Twain (aka Samuel Langhorne Clemens)

Several months ago, I wrote a post titled “Ten Words.” It included a contest for short-short-short stories of no more than ten words. In this post, I’m asking you to think about only one word—your ONE WORD—but you don’t have to enter it in a contest.

Before her dementia, my mother was the master of one-word comments and questions. With slight variations in her facial expressions, she made her point very well. “Why?” was more than a question; it was a warning to rethink an action or an attitude. “Wait” conveyed her philosophy: patience was a virtue; she had faith enough to wait and trust how things would work out.  My mother’s one-word statements or questions were a perfect example of Shakespeare’s writing advice: “Suit the action to the word, the word to the action.”

I used to keep a list of one-word book titles: JAWS, 1984, REBECCA, ATONEMENT, IT. I also enjoyed one-word lines that “said it all” in movies: “Plastics.” (THE GRADUATE); “Stella!” (A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE); “Rosebud.” (CITIZEN KANE); “Freedom!” (BRAVEHEART); and “Adrian!” (ROCKY).

Regardless of how you feel about football or the Super Bowl, one NFL quarterback has renewed the interest in “One Worders.” Bronco Peyton Manning has been using his one word shouted at the line of scrimmage– “Omaha”–for years, and he plans to stick with it. Granted, the Broncos lost this year’s Super Bowl, but the Nebraska town (Manning has never lived there) named its zoo’s new-born penguin “Peyton,” and a local ice cream parlor named a new flavor “Omaha, Omaha,” to go with the orange-vanilla mixed with blue malt balls…Bronco colors. The Omaha Chamber of Commerce presented Manning with a $70,000 check for his foundation for at-risk children.

What is your ONE WORD? What is one word you believe in, hope for, use as motivation…or use only because it means something to you, and you don’t tell others why you use it? Physician and writer Oliver Wendell Holmes said, “A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanging; it is the skin of a living thought…”

Years ago, I was volunteering at the Episcopal Women’s Thrift Shop and came across a hand-stitched, framed sampler that someone had discarded to be sold in the shop. No one else seemed to like it–or maybe they didn’t understand it–but the word spoke directly to me. It became my One Word nudge, inspirational reminder and personal challenge: YAGOTTAWANNA

What’s your One Word?  Or, what is the word you once used but then gave it up?

My ONE WORD choice.  (Picture by Marylin Warner)

My ONE WORD choice. (Picture by Marylin Warner)

Omaha, Nebraska  (Smithsonian's Arial America shot)

Omaha, Nebraska (Smithsonian’s Arial America shot)

 

Peyton Manning (Google photo)

Peyton Manning (Google photo)

 

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92 responses to “What is your ONE WORD?

  1. “Touchdown” – any form of success

  2. Thanks, Carl. 😉 I’m sure Peyton would have liked to say that several more times at the Super Bowl, but I like how your One Word is for any form of success.

  3. Yagpttawanna – great. sums it all up! After careful consideration, I think “Hello” has a lot to offer.

  4. Goodness! That’s a challenge. Perhaps I should offer ‘goodness’. I use it a lot. You have a great list of one-word titles and one-word lines.

    • At first I thought of my grandmother, who would laugh and say, “Well, goodness gracious!” Then I thought of the basic goodness I appreciate in family and friends, and even complete strangers who step up and do good things. I like your One Word–it has so many possibilities!

  5. I think my word would be ‘stay’. I think it each time I see a perched bird I want to photograph 🙂

    • The birds must sense your One Word, Andrew. You capture some amazing photographs. For me, I like “stay” for other reasons: being with those I love, holding onto wonderful memories about my parents, both of whom lost theirs to Alzheimer’s and dementia. “Stay” is an excellent word.

  6. We have a family phrase that began when my daughter was a Junior in High School, and her brothers were Seniors in High School and College, respectively. When something excited her (be it good or bad) she’d exclaim: “This sh*t right HERE!” but in a rolled together way that sounded like, “Thi’ shi ‘ri’ heAH” with emphasis on the last syllable
    You have to understand how FUNNY this seemed coming from a teen who was-and still is-a total miss goody two shoes in every way. Her brothers seized on this phrase like it was the word of God, and repeated it every chance they got (in big male booming voices. because they loved any kind of cuss word!
    With the evolution of text and email, it’s become the way we share links with each other to indicate something is GREAT, and worthy of the other person’s attention.
    Because language always changes we’ve recently started adding a hastag and dropped the apostrophes so it now looks like this: #thisshiriheah
    Now you know my one word!!!

    • Karen, this is wonderful! A family’s One Word that began with a goody two-shoes teen daughter, spread to her big brothers, and now is an entire family’s way of sharing something wonderful. Wow! All I can say is keep up the good work, and #thisshiriheah !!!

      • it really IS one of the funniest things to come out of the Mulhern house. hahaha! It had everything to do with how outrageous it seemed coming from her. Now if one of the boys had started it, it would have been par for the course and forgotten in 2mins! hahaha! Glad it made you smile, too!

      • It’s so much funnier that your daughter said it first. Karen, when she gets married, both of her brothers can stand together, lift their champagne glasses and give the sweet, profound one-word toast: “thisshiriheah!!!”
        😉

  7. Hahaha
    i just thought how funny it would be to make #thishiriheah a menu heading on my blog for archived posts i really wish people would read. They might be so intrigued by the unknown word they’d click on it! LOL!!

    • You really should do that! What a delightful menu heading for archived posts! But first, I hope you’ll write a post about your daughter and how it got started and spread to her brothers and the family. It’s a wonderful story.

  8. My father had two words that raised our heads in anticipation and made us cock our ears to listen “Guess what?”
    When daughters were young and they wanted to know how to do something, I simply avoided lots of words they would have ignored and said “Watch” and then showed them how. Love this post.

    • You father had a perfect technique for getting you all to pay attention!
      Like you, Georgette, with my daughter I sometimes kept it to a few words when I was busy: watch; listen; sssh; wait. Luckily for our relationship, other times we talked on and on while we did things together, even when she was very young.
      I’ll have to try the “Guess what?” on my grandchildren!

  9. Each year, rather than make resolutions, I pick one word. This year my word is commit. According to my mother, when I was little, my one word was, “why.”
    Have a great Memorial Day weekend, Marylin!

    • My mother would sympathize with yours, Jill. Why? was my favorite word, too, as a challenge, but since my mom never used the standard reply–“Because I said so”–and instead sat me down and talked to me…and then made me sit there awhile and think about it, I stopped using it as a challenge pretty quickly.
      You have a great Memorial Day weekend too, Jill.

  10. I like the idea of choosing one word – and choosing a word for each year – this year my word is ‘Exhibit’. It reminds me to make an effort to exhibit my art work but also to exhibit patience, tolerance, generosity & more! Thanks again Marilyn:)

    • Helen, your posts’ art work, and the process of creating art, are a perfect fit with your One Word of “Exhibit.” I really like how you also extend the word to patience, tolerance and generosity. One word, many meanings.

  11. This year I chose the word Imagination as my mantra to fire myself to write with passion. Your Mark Twain quote caught my eye because I once posted it just outside my office door hoping students would catch the message when they came to me for help on revising their essays.

    Your commenters have great suggestions. YAGOTTAWANNA works for me too. Wonderful post, Marylin.

    • My first year of teaching in 1971, I inherited a classroom where the former teacher had left a poster of lightning flashing across a dark sky, and a tiny lightning bug in the grass below. Twain’s quote wavered across the bottom of the poster. I loved it. When I moved to the new high school, I took it with me and shared it there, too.
      Thanks, Marian. “Imagination” to fire yourself to write with passion really fits you. YAGOTTAWANNA reminds me that when I really want to do or accomplish something, I need to follow through and do it, no matter what the obstacles or how long it takes.

  12. Wow — great post, Marylin. Not just the idea but the execution, so well written.

    I’ll be thinking about my one word for the next few days to see whether I can settle on one. Asking what’s my one word is like asking me what’s my favorite color, season, ice cream or pizza topping? I never can choose….

    Wait! I just glanced over at the blue words on the screen right next to where I’m typing (they must be a list of your categories), and I see my name right there with

    Pablo Picasso Bill Clinton Ralph Waldo Emerson Robert Fulghum Shakespeare Victor Hugo Tracy Karner Winston Churchill writing

    I’m picking Picasso!

    And I’m not telling anyone why (which, I think, is very Picassoesque).

    • 🙂 That is so very Picassoesque of your, Tracy! I love it. And I think the choice fits you much better than being Winston Churchillesque, or Bill Clintonesque…who would not tell anyone about some things, either. 😉
      I’m still smiling and laughing and shaking my head at your answer, Tracy. It’s priceless.

      • And you’re the only, only, only one who will understand, when I accept my numerous literary awards and prizes (hahahaha, as if THAT’s gonna happen), okay, let’s just go along with the daydream, when I end my acceptance speeches with….

        PICASSO!

        I have to say, I think Ken is rubbing off on me. I used to be such a reserved, careful, orthodox kind of girl.

        Now I’m going all Picasso!

      • Hey, Tracy, do NOT laugh at the possibility of these literary awards and prizes! And when they do happen and you call out “PICASSO!” I will answer “YAGOTTAWANNA!”

    • You have me intrigued. I HAVE to know why Picasso?

      • as opposed to Bill Clinton Ralph Waldo Emerson Robert Fulghum Shakespeare Victor Hugo Winston Churchill? 1) Picasso just sounds cooler than any of the others, except, perhaps Victor Hugo if you say it with a French accent! 2) I never used to appreciate Picasso’s art but now I do –which goes along with growing and changing, which I keep trying to do; 3) Picasso pushes me out of my comfort zone; 4) because it’s the kind of word that makes people say, “You have me intrigued. I HAVE to know why Picasso?” 😉

      • Ah-ha. Makes sense now 🙂

      • Trace and Elizabeth,
        Between the two of you, this is a complete discussion on word choices, growing and changing, and challenging others. Brava, ladies! In just a few comments, you’ve created an entire blog.

  13. juliabarrett

    I love this. So true! “Omaha!” It means so much to me! My mother’s family is from Omaha. Still there, most of them.
    One word. Hmmmm. I’ll ask my dog Jake. He’s the king of one-word.

    • Jake is a dog of few words, though, so whatever he does tell you will certainly be a choice you should consider, Julia! 🙂 Since you’re connected to Omaha through your mother’s family, many you have insight into Manning’s use of the word. It’s his own private code and he’s not telling why he uses it. Supposedly even his team members don’t know why; they just wait for it. Now, that’s a powerful word!

      • juliabarrett

        I think it’s a way to center himself. Omaha is the dead center of the country. I’ve stood on the spot.

      • It really is the center??? But I’ve stood by the big stone marker in Lebanon, Kansas with the brass sign that says it is the center of the United States! Were they conning me???
        If you add in both Alaska and Hawaii, the geographical center shifts to some longitude and latitude in North or South Dakota.
        But, hey, Julia, if you and Peyton Manning say Omaha is your centering point, I’m all for it!

  14. My word this year is ‘complete’ – because I need to get so many things done 😀

    I just love yagottawanna – what a brilliant word 😉

    • Our words aren’t that far apart, Dianne. Mine is just one long run-on word, but it does mean that if I really want to do something, I have to DO it…and that goes along with staying with it until I complete it! 🙂

  15. After I completed a course with IBM I was given a small silver oblong object for the desktop. It has one word written on it “think”.

    Apparently it was the ‘one word’ of the head of IBM He wanted his fellow IBMers to see that word everyday. They shared it with customers.

    I still like to look at it regularly.

    Good post to make us think, thanks.

  16. When I think of Charles Waugaman (1932 -2010), who edited Time Of Singing for years, I think of HOPE. That’s why I tell my stories, to offer hope. Lately I’ve been thinking about the “beauty of language” and began a new category for my blog.

    So many good words – and love.

    • Look at the wonderful words you wove throughout your comment, Ellen: beauty, love…and HOPE. Thank you…and thanks, too, to Charles Waugaman. (I always learn new things from your blogs and your poetry, Elllen.)

  17. Diana Stevan

    What an interesting post! So many words leapt to my mind – patience, perseverance, but, hokey as it may sound, “Love” is the one I’m sticking to. If not for this, I wouldn’t be writing. Love of my family, of myself, of the world…it keeps me going. It’s what I try to inject in my writing, even though I’m sometimes affected by the terrible things I read and see in print and on TV. I believe that there is more “goodness” – to quote Gallivanta above, another great word. And how can you go wrong with Yagottawanna? On the other hand, there are so many good words, that one can carry.

    • Thanks, Diana; your answer–and Gallivanta’s–combine to cover all the bases and offer a perfect range of choices.
      Your choice of “Love” of everyone and everything you do and share describes who you are and the choices you make.

  18. How about “goal.” It’s a word that could be construed in lots of ways. Yes, that’ll be my word, I think. Great post and I love the sampler you rescued – says so much !

  19. Hudson Howl

    S H T U F F F S……….I adopted it when I was twenty (does the math) making it 34 years.

    Mothers and grandmothers can say a word without uttering a sound -it’s in the eyes.

    Opothleyahola, his was a story I first recalled hearing around grade six and it stuck. I always thought -‘up a creek without a paddle’ was born from that period. Probably not, but it makes sense.

    • Opothleyahola! Never heard his story, but I’m very familiar with “up a creek without a paddle”–VERY familiar, unfortunately.
      And you’re so right, mothers and grandmothers don’t need to say a word to get their messages across!

  20. Jim

    “Aqaba” has been an important personal word of mine since 1962 when I saw the movie “Lawrence of Arabia” as an impressionable teenager. I have always said Aqaba to myself over and over when I feel like giving up on a big project. It might have been something mental like finishing an essay that was not going well, or something physical like finishing a climb up Mt. Yale (14,000 foot summit in Colorado) with blisters on my feet and a pack that was too heavy.

    I have an image in my head of Lawrence of Arabia (Peter O-Toole) with parched lips and sun-blistered face, on the verge giving up while crossing the desert. Then his Arab guide reminds him of their vital mission by saying, “Aqaba, Warence, Aqaba.” Lawrence gathers every last bit of strength he has and takes another step. The rest is history. (“Warence” is not a typo; the Arab guide could not pronounce “L” properly).

    • Okay, honey, this is the sampler message we’ll look for next: AQABA!
      It’s the followup to my YAGOTTAWANNA. My word will get me focused and on track; when it gets difficult and I want to quit, you AQABA will keep me going. Which definitely is what you do for my anyway…keep me going when I get discouraged. Love you, sweetie.

  21. Jane Thorne

    I love your posts Marylin, they are woven with love and alwasy fire my imagination. My word…’create’…with love, each moment we create something…thank you, you are special. xXx

  22. Thank you, Jane, that’s so sweet.
    Your word, create, has love as the icing. I’m so touched by your posts, the gentle acceptance of things mixed with the persistence to keep moving and forging ahead. Create is an excellent word for you.

  23. Don

    Just such a wonderful post Marylin. That quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes is superb. A word that has always been close to my heart, is the word, “Discern.” I think the reason being that it is a word that kind of combines two other words ” seeing” and “depth.” Over the years all three have become immensely important to me.

    • Discern. Excellent, Don, especially the combinations of “seeing” and “depth.” Somehow I’m not surprised that those two words have been important to you for a number of years!

  24. Gwen Stephens

    You come up with the most thought-provoking posts, Marilyn. Makes your blog such a pleasure to read. I’ll answer your question on behalf of my two girls, whose one word would be “Dude.”

    Much like your mother’s “Why?”, Dude, when uttered as a single-word sentence, changes meaning depending on inflection or context. For example, “Dude” can mean:
    “What were you thinking?”
    “Hey, what’s up?”
    “This is really stupid.”
    “This movie/TV show/video game sucks.”
    “Oh, that’s disgusting!”
    “Nice! That was awesome!”

    I’m not thrilled with “Dude’s” constant usage, but it’s better than the more loathsome teenaged grunts. Hoping their vocabulary will grow eventually. 🙂

    • Gwen, what a great comment!
      At first I thought “Dude” couldn’t possibly have so many applications, but you gave excellent examples? (It also shows me you really listen to your daughters and pay attention.) Brava for you, Mom, and your girls!

  25. I just started following you and I love this post and your query.
    My word is Grand! (exclamation included).
    As in the older usage of the word, think of a young Micky Rooney, “Ain’t it grand?!!” “What a grand day!” I was looking for a word to spark up my life last year as a sort of trigger to myself whenever I felt my enthusiasm for projects flagging. It sort of worked. As as old movie buff, visuals of Mickey and Judy Garland singing and dancing did the trick!

    • Welcome, Laurie. Glad to have you with us.
      I love your word choice of Grand! I received an email from an older friend who gets confused going through the process to post his comments on the blog. He chose Grand! as well, but he also gave one example: “I want my opinions to be worth a grand!”
      I’m glad your enthusiasm for projects perks up when you say “Grand!” Hey, anything that gets us revved up and going again really is GRAND!

  26. Charade – the movie with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. It makes me smile and think of Paris. 😉

    Thanks for giving something more to smile about. I love your play on words, Marilyn.

  27. Oh Marylin, you always ask those questions that seem simple but are actually very profound! I think I would choose ‘sojourn’ as my word. It’s a reminder that we’re here but for only a brief stay, so we need to make the most of it.

    • Wonderful, Andrea! I had a student who had a tattoo done on her 18th birthday (this was long before tattoos were popular with college-bound, serious young women). She was a distance runner, and on her right leg, running up the inside of her calf, was the tattooed word “sojourner.” She said she wanted to slow down and hike her way through life, and really see life and learn from it.
      I had forgotten about that student–it was in the mid-80s–but you reminded me of her and the lesson of sojourner.
      Thank you.

  28. Great post, Marylin. HOPE. That’s my one word. It might sound corny, but if you knew me, you would know how appropriate that word is. I’ve suffered from depression for years. Hope seemed as fleeting as a shooting star and just as far away. But the concept of hope–light in darkness–is one that has great meaning for me.

    • It is not corny, L. Marie. Hope is one of my favorite one-word meditations,
      and the light in the darkness has great meaning for me as well. We survive and grow by the choices we make, and choosing HOPE as your One Word is beautiful.

  29. Hmmmm…didn’t somebody once give me such wonderful help, inspiration, support and encouragement by sharing a word with me that I got right away because it was buried in my heart but I just didn’t know what the word was? Oh yes, I remember now. The word was YAGOTTAWANNA and that person was you dear Marylin 🙂
    My other word is believe…
    I hope you are enjoying a super Memorial Day and thank you for this great post my friend 🙂

  30. Bless your heart, Sherri, if I have encouraged and inspired you, I feel truly honored. Thank you.
    You’ve already go the nudge–YAGOTTAWANNA–and now you believe, too. You, my sweet friend, are on your way!
    Enjoy your Memorial Day!

  31. dianabletter

    Me not leave a comment on your fabulous blog? Fuhgeddaboutit!
    YAGOTTAWANNA everything you do in life. As your grandmother and mother taught you, do everything to the maximum. My word for now is presence. Presence of mind and spirit and being present in the moment. Thanks so much!

    • Yes, presence of mind and spirit and being present in the moment–ah, that makes presence your perfect One Word, Diana. But I’ve got to say, Fuhgeddaboutit is a spectacular word, too, and could mean forgetting about past pains, losses, and resentments and moving forward. Look at all our choices!
      Thanks, Diana.

  32. Molly

    My favorite one word phrase is “FANTABULOUS”….it is a nice combination of FANTASTIC and FABULOUS….

    • Why am I not surprised that FANTABULOUS is your One Word, Molly? From the moment you were born–after your first wail–you looked around with your big wide eyes and seemed to smile. Dr. Maxwell, the nurse and I smiled back at you and then we laughed.
      You’ve been a combination of fantastic and fabulous all of your life, and now you’re passing it on to your children! You are definitely Fantabulous!

  33. HI Marylin, my one word would have to be LOVE. Yep, that’s it, LOVE. I try and remember we are all God’s children and even when I don’t get along with someone I have to remember to LOVE them for who they are.
    Thanks for the great post! xo Joanne

    • Joanne, I can almost hear the background music of “All You Need Is Love”–but your message is so much truer and real. The reminder to love people for who they are, even when we don’t get along with them. Thank you for this necessary and perfect reminder at this very moment, just when I have a person I cannot get along with at all right now! Your timing is serendipitous!

  34. Oh, I am WAY too wordy for just one word! Right now the word I use the most is Biscuit (the dog)…as in Biscuit come here, Biscuit stop that, Biscuit don’t do it, Biscuit don’t bark, Biscuit–I love you!

    • Then Biscuit is your One Word for now, Claudia! It doesn’t have to be a permanent choice, and since your dog is a big part of your life and time right now, the word is a good choice. Enjoy the dog tail waggles and sloppy licks!

  35. I think you have cheated because your one word is actually five! 🙂
    My word is ‘calm’.

    • You know, I was thinking the same thing, Eliazabeth, that YAGOTTAWANNA was more than one word. Then a yogo instructor friend compared it to a single focused breath, a combined word of wish/desire/motivation. She called it a one-breath word.
      That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it! 🙂
      YAGOTTAWANNA is my One Word!!!

  36. TBM

    I hadn’t heard about the penguin being named after Manning. I love your word. I think mine would be thanks. too many people in today’s world have forgotten how to be kinds and this simple word means so much.

    • Excellent! I think you’re right about Thanks being so important. When we aren’t thankful, we miss the many wonderful people, acts, words of kindness and touching beauties in every day.
      I want to see pictures of the baby penguin as it grows up, cute little Peyton!

  37. I had to think a few minutes about my word, but I think it would be “breathe.” I use it as a reminder to slow down when I’m rushing and to calm myself when I’m stressing. It provides that extra bit of time to reconsider what I’m doing/saying and make better choices.

    • Oh, yes! Breathe.
      So many times when I was growing up, my mother would say, “Breathe, honey. Slow down and take a nice deep, clean breath of air.” If often was followed by directions to also count to ten, if I was on the verge of losing my temper…
      Breathe.
      Thanks for the reminder.

  38. My four-year old grandson started saying “Boom-shaka-laka!” when he accomplishes a task (finds his shoes, cleans his room, sings his ABCs correctly, etc.). He fist-pumps and shouts “Boom-shaka-laka!” Needless to say, everyone in our house is saying it now.
    Is boom-shaka-laka considered one word? If not, one word that I still believe in is “Thanks!” Uttered sincerely, it can encourage, reaffirm and uplift both the speaker (me) and the party spoken to (my grandchildren).
    I like the word YAGOTTAWANNA too. Another great post Marylin!

  39. Oh, Theresa, will your grandson please let me share his word? I love it.
    The next time I accomplish a task, and I want to dance around, waving my arms and saying “Boom-shaka-laka” and enjoying the moment!!!!
    Yes, if YAGOTTAWANNA is one-word, I definitely vote we count Boom-shaka-laka as one-word, too. 😉 Hyphenated words technically count as one word, after all.

  40. My son wanted a Smoothy yesterday out of banana and pineapple. Now the German word for pineapple is ‘Ananas’. So he combined the two fruits to one: Bananananas 🙂

  41. I liked the embroidered message, Marylin! I like the idea of challenging us to choose just a single word. I would have chosen “Mercy” because it is a shortcut to the cute expression, that John Stamos used to say, “Have Mercy!” in the “Full House” sitcom. My kids liked that show, which I felt had very good male role models in the characters. Having two brothers and a male friend live together, raising the children was a new concept of ‘family’ at that time.
    Then, upon reflecting, I will choose, “Rising.” It is due to finding out that Maya Angelou just passed away. Of course, she reads her own poem, with ‘Rising’ in it, which brings me to tears. It means, to me, so many things. From the simple handiwork of someone baking bread to a powerful image of the whole human race. ‘Rising’ to the occasion of uniting, loving and making Peace finally come to this world. I will hope to be ‘rising’ in my personal choices and helping more, too. Smiles, Robin

  42. Robin, I had just learned about Maya Angelou, too. I had caught the title of a news brief–“She Taught Us Why Caged Birds Don’t Sing”–and the past tense “Taught” prepared me.
    I remember the “Have mercy!” on FULL HOUSE, and you’re right; it was ahead of its time, with good male role models raising children. So I liked your choice of “Mercy.” But the way you apply “Rising” to so many interpretations–including Maya Angelou–makes this a profound choice.
    Thanks for a wonderful comment.

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