July 28, 2013

Forgotten Language

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--Description: 20th C, Silverstein S., Nature, Childhood--


Once I spoke the language of the flowers,
Once I understood each word the caterpillar said,
Once I smiled in secret at the gossip of the starlings,
And shared a conversation with the housefly
in my bed.
Once I heard and answered all the questions
of the crickets,
And joined the crying of each falling dying
flake of snow,
Once I spoke the language of the flowers. . . .
How did it go?
How did it go?


Shel Silverstein

--Did You Know: Shel Silverstein was an American poet, songwriter, musician, composer, cartoonist, screenwriter, and author of children's books. He sometimes styled himself as Uncle Shelby, especially for his early children's books. Silverstein confirmed he never studied the poetry of others therefore, developed his own quirky style: laid-back and conversational, occasionally employing profanity and slang.

--Word of the Day: edacity \ih-DAS-i-tee\, noun:
the state of being edacious; voraciousness; appetite.
Example:
Craving can be defined as a compelling and overwhelming edacity for a particular substance.
-- Robert T. Ammerman, Peggy J. Ott, and Ralph E. Tarter, Prevention and Societal Impact of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 1999

--Quote of the Day: Pleasure is the flower that passes; remembrance, the lasting perfume. ~Jean de Boufflers

--Language Arts-ITALIAN: facile: easy
Example sentence: I primi 20 esercizi sono i piĆ¹ facili; gli altri sono abbastanza difficili.
Translation: The first 20 exercises are the easiest ones; the others are pretty hard.


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