Word of the day :: com.pleat

: having all necessary or desired elements or skills :

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Word of the day :: nep.o.tism

: favoritism (as in appointment to a job) based on kinship

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Word of the day :: cro.ny.ism

: partiality to cronies especially as evidenced in the appointment of political hangers-on to office without regard to their qualifications

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Word of the day :: ne.far.i.ous

: flagrantly wicked or impious : evil

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Word of the day :: ubiq.ui.tous

: existing or being everywhere at the same time : constantly encountered : widespread

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The changing of the seasons ::

Over the past 10 years, I’ve noticed a drastic shift in the Minnesota weather. This is very discomforting for several reasons; mainly relating to the rapidly vanishing Fall and Spring seasons.

As a child, the Fall foliage was a beautiful blessing I looked forward to each year. Oh the fond memories I have of the rows and rows of orange and yellow and reddish leaves that sprinkled the lush trees in my front and back yards; lined the ticky-tackies on the street and spilled over to the never-ending road that led to my front door.

With this variety of aesthetic life came the Monarchs. Delicately investigating each and every leaf that lie before them, hundreds of these beautiful creatures intently flitted among the colors, then suddenly calmed and blended. It was a crescendo for the patient soul.

Then as the leaves flew away, Winter came and went and Spring was ushered in, renewing life in a new and different way.

I remember the pure joy I felt with the changing of the seasons; a perfect combination of activity. Those memories will never go away, but as the years go by and time changes, I’ll miss the comfort that came with consistent quarterly seasons.