Happy Holidays, Lovers. Has everyone done their shopping and cooking yet?
Well, we don't really give a good goddamn about all that material bullshit. We want the stripped down version.
With Ls you get to use your tongue in such delicious ways. Press your tongue against the backs of your top-front teeth. Roll it out as you go into that short A and open your mouth wide. Then close slowly, like a sensual bite, like the finish of a kiss as you pull back for another stare into her eyes. The T is just a touch of a pop of a tsk! A short I not neglected but not held too long then the B where your lips come together gently, ready to part again quickly. The last syllable drifts on, YULE, BYULE. There's really only one way to leave that last L. With a smile.
n.-- a hiding place
Take me to your lovely latibule, my darlingest.
Together we'll be secure from the world's anger and fear and prejudice.
Hide us there between your sheets so soft and warm.
Keep me safe from all the mean ones' bitter words and purposeful harm.
Some people will try to tell you that when it's cold you cannot be naked. Well, pooh-pooh to them, darlings. I say it's necessary to be naked in order to partake in warming activities like yoga and cuddling. Want to know what's really warming, though? This week's word.
Rs are so fun because they're kind of like growling. Growling sweetly at that sweet thing who's in bed with you before you jump her bones. But don't hold it too long as you move into the E that we want short, almost like a schwa. Then the C is nice and soft like an S. The IN should sound like "get IN here, you beautiful creature!" Then let's make another almost growl with the ER, a down stress as your lips snarl just a wee bit. Let the R carry on to the long A. I'm pretty sure this is our favourite part of the word. The climax just before the denouement. And everyone knows how much we like climaxes. We don't want to neglect the ending, though, despite the SHUN sound. Shucks, that N is the kind of lovely that cuddling post-coitus is. You can hold it as long as you like, tightening occasionally just to make certain it's still there.
How does recineration warm you? Well, check out the definition:
n. -- second time a thing or place is burned down
Fire is warm, right? And it brings to mind a phoenix since not many things can burn down more than once. Well, maybe White Water Tavern.
Well, here we are at the beginning of what many refer to as the "Holiday Season." So lots of people will be hitting the roads and heading home to see friends and family that they perhaps only see once a year or two. And that's a very sweet thing...but we have far more important engagements. Yes, my friends, we have lots of things to do, not the least of which include the glorification of so many syllables that could make us squirm in our beds and stop our breaths short while we walk.
There aren't many words we find that start with that sensual consonant V. Drag your bottom lip under those top teeth that are so good at biting. The I is long, like lie or die or sigh or buy. The hard C should be so pronounced. Don't neglect it its punch. Then a short A leads into that soft MB that should appear together. Like a couple that wouldn't have the same groove were they split. We know that we all like when Bs push into Us. It makes for that BYEW sound which makes your lips pucker perfectly. You know what? We can shove this last syllable into one big, pretty ending. LATE! That's right, the A has to be long. This word is a verb. One can be seen to vicambulate.
n.-- to walk about in the streets
That's it. Just to be moving around the neighbourhood. Not bad, eh?
This is a challenge that I lay before you. Use this sexy word in a normal conversation before the first of the year. Actually, everyword will come with the same challenge. Come on, my sweet followers, and let's expand our minds and the minds of those who listen to us.
It's chilly and the leaves are beautiful. Does everyone else feel like cuddling up to a special someone and holding them closely while the fire crackles in the background and the wine bottle becomes slowly depleted? Me, too, darlings.
So we're going to start using a new source. It's lovely and we should get tons of great words. Today's word?
Let that first S get you going. And be gentle with the P, slowly parting your lips with exhalation, a small sigh...The L should follow shortly but not too quickly, with your tongue brushing against the backs of your front teeth. Long A like whoa into the sweet second S. Move that into the IARY that should be one pleasant motion like lying her down gently on the bed then standing up to survey her body. Hold that Y like it's your job.
What does this word mean? You're intrigued, aren't you?
n. - seller or producer of perfumes and ointments
If that's not sexy, I don't know what is. Oh, to be the man in charge of making the world smell pretty.
Well, it's getting cooler again. The wind starts to remove the leaves from the trees and you desire your warm and comfortable sweaters. But don't be too quick to act. Perhaps you should undress the way our arboreal friends do.
The first syllable is a little rough, it's true, but be gentle with it and it shall return the favour. Then the D follows sweetly into the Y's short I, as in dizzy. And if we're lucky, removing our outer layer is dizzying. So that I is a long E that moves nicely to the schwa of the A. Then, as always, we love the ending. That L leaves our tongue on the backs of our teeth, pushing softly and seductively.
I've given you a few hints about the meaning. Have you been paying attention?
adj. -- related to the shedding or casting off of an outer coat or integument by snakes, crustaceans, etc.
There is a related term that provokes thoughts of eroticism coined by H.L. Mencken: Ecdysiast. It means An erotic dancer who removes their clothes as a form of entertainment; a stripper. So everyone can be ecdysial and an ecdysiast if they wish. And I'm sure that everyone has someone in their lives that wishes they would.
Yeah, this one's easy. But, damn, is it ever sexy.
Are you one of those people that likes to travel? Do you love spicy food from Bangkok and the amazing night culture of Rio? Would you like to sit down to a bowl of hashish in Casa Blanca? Ever dreamed of being multilingual and swapping stories of the old, tricky spider from Gold Coast and Coyote from the desert? If any of this is true, then you may have an attraction to foreign peoples, customs or cultures.
First off, we like the way the X sounds like a Z. We could make 'Zuh' sounds all night. Then the whole first syllable sounds like 'zin' and we like wine so we're headed down a good path. That N always does good things for us as we put our tongue on the roof of our mouth and press gently but firmly. Be wary of the O, for it does not really want to be made an O. We just want to give it a schwa and continue on to our favourite part of this word: The climax and la petite mort. The way the PH makes the bottom lip rake under the teeth is so fucking sensual, it gives those bedroom eyes even if you don't have any. Then the way your tongue rolls to finish with the ILIA... Notice your tongue press against the back of your teeth then fall out so that the 'Yah' sound is more of a simple exhalation than a diphthong. *sigh* I'm turned on. You?
It occurs to me that anyone whose take on life is a "simple philosophy" is not very engaged in philosophy and, while they are probably not simple, have succeeded in deluding themselves by this simple phrase.
You cannot have a "simple philosophy" because philosophy is not simple. Why are philosophers so difficult to read? Not to mention that their works are typically tomes and each tome ties to the next so that to grasp the entirety of one Thinker every single work must be read. It would probably behoove one to read said Thinker's personal letters and journals as well.
This is because philosophy must be stacked on top of itself. Each little piece must have a premise that no one can dispute is the basis and build up from there. Not only is it difficult to find that beginning premise but the constructions that are then laid on that base must be aligned perfectly to it else your philosophy begins to tilt to one side or seem to have pieces missing like a mental game of Jenga.
Now if the venue is appropriate, feel free to call out our simple friend on his/her philosophy. If you know me, you'll understand that almost any venue is appropriate. Make sure that s/he can really back up this claim to simplicity. This is, of course, impossible and will become evident very quickly. Then just point out this fact and proceed to allow him/her to build that Jenga tower.
Be gentle. But firm. We have no time for slackers. Make everyone think.
To dispense with pleasantries is beyond me: Good day, friends and lovers.
To start a word with M is to use the right foot and slowly lower it heel to toe, feeling the pressure of the earth begin to push back. Now that we're firmly grounded we can ease into that sweet E which is somewhere between the perfect long E and the perfect short E. Just repeat MEH, leaving your mouth open in a slight smile and squinting your eyes just a bit. We like this T that is so well placed as to allow us to stress that O so well. It's like saying the word 'ton' but with a slight irish accent. "Aye, I've got a ton of it!" Then drop that N like it's hot and pronounce that first Y quickly, with very little emphasis. It's like an exclamation of I-don't-know-what. We move fast because we're anxious to get back to an M. Our lips come together and tickle as if making a yummy sound. Lastly, that Y with the long E sound is the happy ending we desired but didn't want to rush because we liked all the letters and sounds leading up to it. Hold...and...release!
--noun. rhetoric. a figure of speech in which one word is put for another, as when we say, "We read Virgil", meaning his poetry.
Hello, my lovelies. Has everyone broken out their white shoes? It's time to make sure there's plenty of shade in your chosen hang out spot. Speaking of shadows:
Now I'm not going to argue that this is the most attractive looking word out there. I'll grant that the U and G both tend to detract from the visual aesthetic. But let's say it out loud and see if it redeems itself. We could do the first syllable like a verbal pause,"ummm," but I'd rather us use a long U. OOOmm...Now your lips are all puckered, aren't they? And the B should be kind of soft, just a transition from the M to the R. And the R is relatively quick. I know you like to roll 'em but we're going to let this one slide. On to the long A, which falls in the stressed syllable, so it should hit hard and strong(hehe). The G is soft and should be treated with the front teeth completely together. It should almost be pulled from the front of the mouth to the back. On the way back, though, don't forget the E. That's right, pronounce it. Long-wise. The last little bit should look phonetically like you "JE-YUS" got home a minute ago. That's right, jump to the U from the E then throw that sweet little S on the end. Nice and soft. That's the way you should always finish. Savvy?
Now what does this word mean. Well, I gave you a hint.
--adj. 1. creating or providing shade; shady
2. apt to take offense
I'm pretty sure that you should able to go out into the world and find very appropriate moments to pull these words out, wowing the crowd with your copious vocabulary. Go, my darlings, be sexy and smart.
MMMmmmmmmm, oh, Ms, how we love what you do to our lips! Making them tingle in all the right places and working our larynges warmly. And when Ss turn gently into Zs so that our tongues tickle. PHs that sound like Fs. That bottom lip really gets to contact our sharpened top teeth. Then end on an S that could go on for days...Change me into someone desirous of life's simple pleasures.
adj--of, relating to, or existing in a state of matter intermediate between liquid and crystal.
Boys and Girls. We are here on the verge of seasons and it's humid and the wind blows and sun peeks around the clouds so that girls wear those sunglasses that make the boys melt. Boys and Girls.
We like this word from a couple different angles. Let's first notice that the Spanish word "calor" is present, as in "hot". Oh, yeah. Yes, that first C is HARD. Short A just after it then that L that we all love so much. That L lets our tongues play against the backs of our front top teeth. We could almost bite our tongues as they scrape across. Then let the L pull into that O and R as you cock one eyebrow up in the way that you look across the bar at that shining young thing whose body is swaying just perfectly to the music. This word is so finely sewn together that we can hardly separate the syllables. So we'll roll that R right into the ESC. Oh, S how you tease us with your serpentine ways! We get pushed by that soft C into the E that sounds almost like a short I. And here's my favourite part: N and T as one beautiful combination. You know how we like our Ts. Hard and sure. T! Not TUH! Just T!
--noun. Incandescence caused by absorption of radiation having a frequency below that of visible light.
Look at all those sexy words! Wowza. Yeah, we found another sexy sounding word with a sexy definition. You. Are. Welcome.
It's warming up. You should have lost all that winter pudge by now. You should be getting ready to wear that cute little two-piece. You should know that I'd prefer you don't wear that two-piece. You know how I prefer you to show up everytime.
We love S words. (Scimitar, that's an S word. Saber.) And when a word's first syllable is 'suck', there's just no avoiding it. So we've determined that the first C is hard. Then the second must make our S sound for the transition. I'm going to let you make a decision on your own, my lovelies. You may make the E long or short. I've found that short makes it slightly more possible to stress the next syllable but do what you will. Just be sure that the D starts a syllable, it does not end one. It's with the long A. Day! Then that sensuous N. Feel your tongue on the roof of your mouth and relish it. Then push off hard as your mouth curves around the long E. Then drop your jaw for that last schwa sound which you may hold as long as desired.
Want an alternate ending? Okay: Succedaneum. This one can be really nice, too, because you can make that U almost long as opposed to the drab schwa. Then your lips will almost pucker as you hit that M and hold it as if you were enjoying the last bite of that mint chocolate chip ice cream that got slightly melty as you walked in the park beside that girl with the long brown hair and freckles on her shoulders.
Want to know what this Latin word means? It's such a simple one.
I'm hoping you guys can figure that one version is the plural form.
Dear Sweet Poseidon, it is time for the beach. Do you, my loverly readers, agree?
Yes, we are on a bit of an F kick. I just cannot get over that bottom lip coming under the top teeth. It's so, so sexy. The I is short. Let it slam into the D. That D you can make as hard as you want. It's almost a T. It punches us into the U, on which we must pucker our lips completely. It is the stressed syllable so stress it, for Neptune's sake! The C is a point of contention between myself and the dictionary. They say it should be an SH sound. I disagree. I like it being a plain S the SHing it right at the end, almost imperceptibly. The next three sounds should be totally sandwiched: EEEEAAAAIRRREEEE. Now shorten that little phrase of letters. MAKE IT QUICK! When you finish with the Y, leave your mouth open and stare at me. MMmmmmm...
I like the adjective definition of this word.
--of, based on, or in the nature of trust and confidence, as in public affairs.
Trust and confidence are sexy. Public affairs are sexy. *wink*
I don't have to post shit everyweek. You're not paying me for this shit. J/k, I love you. I missed you. C'mere and put your hands just inside the waist of my selvedge denim.
Okay, this F, I want you to really flick your bottom lip out on it. Don't make it too obvious but it should definitely send a little puff of wine-soaked breath out with it. Then the E should sound like pen not pin. Got that? Make sure that N doesn't get neglected. Your tongue should make it firmly to the roof of your mouth. Right at that place that always get burned then peels when you bite into a slice of pizza that's way too fucking hot. Keep it going as we roll on to the ES and into that first T. Now most dictionaries are going to tell you that that E we just hit should schwa. That's bullshit. I want you to keep that same sound we used on the other E. Seriously, look in the mirror and schwa it. Yuck! See how unsexy your upper lip becomes? Now, I meant to imply that the EST are going to be quick and they are, but I don't want you just tap that S. (hehe) Make sure it gets attention then on to the T and R. That R should not be rolled. Rather it's that sound that you make with your front teeth together, you know? Almost a CH sound. Long A here and this is the stressed syllable so get it right. Then we're at the home stretch, TION, which all of you know how to do by now. If you don't cling to that N for just a split second longer than the unsexied masses, I will find you.
Yes, it is definitely spring. And now that we've all decided that these blossoming flowers and chirping birds are going to influence us, we should practice our enunciation. That is to say, we should work on how to use our tongues and lips properly and for maximum effect.
Didn't see that one coming, did you?
We really love Vs. They're similar to Fs. If you start to do a V, then pause and look at her like you mean it. Maybe do that half-wink twitch thing with your left eye that shows how insatiable you are...Where was I? Oh, yes, this is kind of key: make sure to separate the R-sound from the M-sound. Trust me, don't let them run together. The next syllable is the stressed one. MIK! Short I, hard, hard C/K. The long U should pretty much stand alone. Try your best to minimize the desire to YEW from the C. Get it? All we have left is that sexy L and a long A, all punctuated quite nicely by a not-too-hard T.
Are you all trying to figure just what the fuck this one means? Of course you are.
--v. to work or ornament with wavy lines or markings resembling the form or tracks of a worm.
Weird, right? Who would do that?
--adj. sinuous, tortuous, intricate.
That one I kind of like. As a matter of fact, I think I'll try to work that use of the word into conversation today.
Oh, and hey, before you go, here's a little extra sexy for you.
We love Ls. With your tongue behind your teeth, hold it there and make that sound. Llllllll...Plus, the first part of this word is 'lust'. Haha! Then that first T is softer as it turns to the R. That long A is nice and punctuated by the much harder second T. "Tuh!"
I really like the meaning on this one:
--verb. to purify by a propitiatory offering or other ceremonial method.
Baptism? Perhaps. Let me take you down into the water, darling. We can take turns purifying each other. Then we won't let but the sun and wind dry the drops from our bellies as we lie there with our sunglasses on and talk of things that mean nothing to anyone except for ourselves.
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and muthafuckin' girls, it's time, again, to expand our sexuality and vocabulary all at the same time. Ready?
We really like Vs. The way your bottom lip has to go under your teeth and drag itself back out. Wow. That first I is long so don't neglect it. Then that P has such a punch. And I don't think it's necessary to explain what we'll do with the rest of the word. Say it all together, children: "Drag out the S!"
Do you know what this one means? I'll be impressed if you do. If you don't, check it out.
I bet this girl would give live birth. Oh, man, if only she would...
Know those days when the clouds and the sun seem to struggle over who will be in control of the sky? Today is one of those days.
Hello, hello. Everyone feeling fine today? Yes? Me, too.
This week's word is short and sweet. And I think you guys are catching on and I'm so proud.
That's a hard C at the start, yes, but we don't have to get all crazy with it. Let it ride. Remember, we like soft Ds. And we're going to let that second C sound like an S not SH, okay? That way we can really lay into that diphthong that the E and U do. And, oh, boy, do we love words that end with Ss. So Sexy.
Well, what's a caduceus? It's Mercury's staff. The symbol of medicine and healing. And, I have to say, it looks kind of Sexy.
I know you're thinking that it's way too full in your mouth to be sexy but you've jumped to conclusions again, dear reader. You're not taking the time, making the effort. Let it come to you from deep down. Slowly, I say.
And just a hint, use your come-hither eyes while you say it. Trust me.
Guess what. This word is completely made-up. That's right. Some poor soul used it once and now it exists. Oh, that's fucking brilliant. Here's to you, sir. Sexy and all.
I like today's word so much because it works from so many different angles. It's absolutely yummy.
First, you can do it the french way and roll the R nicely then turn the Ls into a Y. Of course, the I would be more like a long E. Hit those Ts hard and forget the rest of the word.
Or the english(american) way would more likely schwa the I after the plain R. The Ls get to do their intended job and the Ts wouldn't be quite as hard. The S finally gets attention and you can hold it as we are wont to do.
So much for the pronunciations. How about the definition? It's HOT, too.
An appetizer made usually of pork or goose meat that is diced, seasoned, cooked, and then pounded or ground to the consistency of a spread.
O. M. F. F. S. M. That sounds delicious...
It's also a sexy looking word.
Like a girl lying on her side, looking at you from across the room, asking what you have planned for today. "I was thinking about walking down to the market to get some some fresh tomatoes for the pasta sauce tonight. Do you like this jacket?" "Yes, I do."
It has occurred to me that if you use a phrase like that, you give the "boy" an excuse for not understanding. Don't let him get away so easily. Don't insult the person, insult the ideas. Allow them enough room to understand, as it were.
Here, on this blog, we are trying to get everyone into the light. Every one's path may not be the same way. Some may have to wind around a bit before they step out of the cave while others are ready to come bursting out straightaway.
Let us be gentle with those who aren't quite ready. These people will be those to whom the whole idea of searching is new. The ones that are ready will find you and grab a hold. The timid ones are those who were not even aware that people are busy sussing out these things. Treat them sweetly, like that baby raccoon you nursed after your mother killed its mother with her minivan.
The point is that we should let no one have the excuse of being stupid or unable to grasp. Some will be purposefully obtuse and those we must devour, chewing them up and tossing their bits in the ditch, but the slow ones are not, usually, stupid, merely not quite ready. Let them know you're patient. Talk to them. Show them. Continue to press but don't force. Don't squash them. Don't frighten them. The Truth is scary enough on its own.
Let go over a cliff, die completely, and then come back to life--after that you cannot be deceived.
There is no need to be afraid of beguiling characters and those who would cause you harm by leading you back into the darkness once you've seen-and experienced-the light. But first, you must take the time and energy to go there. The light, that is.
The light is a scary place. Truth can be frightening. That's why few find it and fewer use it once they have. But, friends, if you can unravel yourselves to what is known and what is real then you will find that you have become a very powerful being indeed. So powerful that you will tear through lies and misconceptions without blinking. Because you are not afraid of the Truths that they hide.
No, no, no. It's not that we're threatening physical violence. We're bringing something far greater than that, something vastly more powerful. For physical violence and personal injury will pass. They are temporary. What we have come up with is going to last much, much longer: Ideas. Thoughts.
That's right, we've come screaming into the marketplace-of-ideas with basketsful and we're hurling them around like so many pieces of ticker tape and garland.
We grew up learning that fire was hot by getting burned. Finding out what's at the bottom of a lake by holding our breaths and diving down. We've got scars. We've got memories and broken hearts.
We are not afraid to lose ourselves in the moment. We are not afraid to reflect on that panic later over a pint.
We will walk for miles because we have nothing else to do. Or simply cancel other plans so that we may walk.
But you should rest assured that once we've walked, woken up, sobered and retrospected, we'll have all sorts of things to say. And you, dear sir or madame, should listen. We want to change some things. We have become disillusioned and we are ready to start something else entirely. We may use our own voices. We may use entire volumes of others. Or we may cherry-pick quotes that fit our purposes(and we won't give a shit when you call us out on it).
We are here to make a difference and it's our choice. That you should recognize for certain. To see that we've chosen is to understand that we have decided minds. We're committed.
Oh, don't think we're close-minded. Quite the contrary, we are very open to new ideas. That is what makes us so dangerous. We're so open to new ideas that our very receptiveness frightens you. We will be more than happy to hear you out. And we can be very nice about things we like. But if we do not like something, oh, if we do not like something, we will let you know. Understand that we will try to be kind. But we don't have time to dilly-dally. We are in a hurry to put things into motion.
We invite you to join us. But if you are too secure in the old ways, the old days, then, please, step aside and let us get things done.
Now, if you look this one up it may ask you use a long I at the beginning but I don't want you to do that. Move quickly past the I then sit on that C. Drag it out just a bit. Not too lispy or serpentine but defined. Also, the dictionary may direct you towards a "sh" sound for the T but again I have a different idea. Pronounce the T just before you "sh". And, as always, hold that S at the end.
Don't let life keep you from being alive
We have so many things to do. Appointments, chores, homework, jobs and duties innumerable. Please, take pleasure in those moments in between. Walk a little slower. Tilt your head so that people think you have a crick in your neck. Talk to yourself. Dance poorly and to the music that plays in your head.
I know, I know. This isn't really a vocabulary lesson. Everyone knows what this thing is. That's not the point! Say it, dude. The hard CH at the beginning shouldn't put you off a bit. The Y should draw you in, especially since it's pronounced like a short I. And pretty much any NTH combo should be perfect. The way it makes you put your tongue between your teeth is almost more than I should think about, sitting here all alone with my legs crossed.
A Treatise on the Philosophy of Paper As I walked down the school supply aisle the other day at work(just because i was headed somewhere else, not on purpose), I found myself looking longingly and critically at the notebooks, judging which would suit my writings better and feeling the urge to purchase those.
I have plenty of paper. Loose sheets for the printer or typewriter. Three leather-bound journals. One Moleskine that I keep in my bag that's always with me and one on the desk. Spiral notebooks with college-rule paper abound in every room, it seems. There's that big hardback notebook in which I have begun my novel.
All that is not to mention how many books lie in every room and on every surface just begging to be read and scribbled in.
And yet, I want more. Is it a subconscious thing? Not anymore, I guess.
I just like the way it feels. I like the sound of the pen(fountain or other) and pencil on it. It smells good. Moves under your hand in just the direction you need so that your lines will droop slightly at the end of its unruled sheet. Or has that hard red line on the left to show you where to start and that soft red line on the right as a polite suggestion that you stop but it really doesn't matter, does it?
No matter how full a sheet may seem, there is always a little bit more that you can fit onto it. And you can put whatever you want, wherever you want. Want to practice shading here? Want to put a poem here? Your name? Date? A flower? A skull? It doesn't matter. The paper willingly stores it for you. Keeping it right there until that time that you shall need it again.
I'm not going to jerk you around this week. Let's get right to it:
Okay, now, be careful not to rush it. You guys should know that by now. That last S should be held almost to a fault. I just love that V. It gives you a chance to scrape your topfront teeth across your bottom lip like you don't get to do in everyday life.
This word may not get used very often but if you try hard enough and really pay attention, I bet you'll get to use it quite efficiently.
--adj. Belonging to the Malvaceae, the mallow family of plants.
Well, that helps because we all know that the mallow family is, right? Marshmallow? Negative.
The mallow family includes such as the cotton plant, hibiscus, hollyhock, mallow(duh), okra(which i love), and rose of Sharon. Not a bad little family, really.
Try something like "Oh, yes, I really like a lot of the malvaceous plants." in response to someone discussing their new hibiscus.
It takes practice to make an "L" sound sexy. Use your whole tongue and rake it across the roof of your mouth, coming all the way out to the end of your teeth. Also, short "A"s are not sexy, so lengthen them as much as possible. And the same goes for hard "D"s. It should sound closer to the soft Spanish "D".
And what exactly does this word, this oh-so-sexy word mean?
n. One who cuts and engraves precious stones---adj. Pertaining to the art of cutting stones.
Okay, that's pretty cool. A sexy word that has to do with precious stones and the handling and forming of them. Maybe we can appropriate this word for our own purposes. We can become life lapidaries. Cutting and shaping and engraving our precious lives.