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Full Wolf Moon

January 1st 2020 ______The January full moon is known as the Full Wolf Moon. Native American tribes named each recurring full moon to reflect the season and the respective moon phases. The most well known names come from Algonquin tribes who lived in areas from New England to Lake Superior. They named the January Moon …

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Love for Words — xenophile

January 1st, 2020 ___ Among travelers xenophiles imbibe in particularly fulfilling experiences. “Xenophile,” pronounced [ZEN-uh-fyle] or [ZEE-nuh-fyle], combines the Greek xenos that means “stranger, guest,” or “strange, foreign, alien,” and the Greek philos that means “loving.” A xenophile is a person who adores foreign people, customs or cultures.  They relish in experiencing other  cultures’ cuisine, clothing styles, music, …

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Antipathy — no sympathy here

December 15th, 2019 ___ Antipathy represents an active aversion or despising. Sharing the suffix “pathy” with the more familiar “Sympathy,” Antipathy is a harsh contrast. The suffix “pathy” represents a suffering or a feeling. “Sym” represents a a sameness or “harmony.” So “sympathy” represents a suffering per feeling ‘harmony’ with another’s condition or plight. “Anti” means “against.” …

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Mele Kalikimaka — Hawaiian Christmas Greeting

December 1st, 2019 ___ Pronounced [MEH-leh Kah-LEE-kee-MAH-kah], this phrase is a Hawaiian greeting meaning “Merry Christmas.” While it sounds ver-ly much like a foreign language phrase, “Mele Kalikimaka” is a direct phonetical translation of how Hawaiians would say “Merry Christmas.” Here’s why: The Hawaiian language has only eight consonants — not including /r/ or /s/. 1. The /r/ we …

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No-See-Um — a tiny pest

September 15th, 2019 ___ As hot temperatures decline, no-see-ums presence also begin to decline. “‘No-See-Ums’ are tiny flies, also known as ‘punkies,’ or collectively referred to as ‘biting midges,’” says Dr. Gregory Zolnerowich, Professor and Curator at the Department of Entomology, Kansas State University-Manhattan. They are a type of fly that belongs in the family …

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