Book Review: One Word (That Will Change Your Life)

I believe that words are powerful, and so the practice of selecting a word, just one word, to shape an entire year makes perfect sense to me. It's clear I'm not alone in this thinking, because so many people are taking on this practice in 2016, largely because of the popular book, One Word by Jon Gordon, Dan Britton, and … Continue reading Book Review: One Word (That Will Change Your Life)

Writing in multiple languages?

Years ago (in high school and college) I took Spanish.  I could understand a lot, and speak a little.  I listened to Spanish radio in the car, and watched telenovellas on TV.  But one thing lead to another, and I didn't stay with it after college. Eventually, not having the need or the opportunity to … Continue reading Writing in multiple languages?

What if our love…

What if our love never went away? What if it's lost behind words we could never find? -Daughtry (What About Now) I really like the song "What About Now" by Daughtry.  Actually, the entire album, Daughtry, has songs with great lyrics.  They're so poetic and romantic.  I was in the car earlier today when this … Continue reading What if our love…

“Remember there’s no such thing…”

"Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end." - Scott Adams  Random Act of Kindness and Gratitude #5 - This act is something that my mother does, but I only recently learned about.  Many people clip coupons, but not all of us do.  There is … Continue reading “Remember there’s no such thing…”

Let me count the ways…

adoration, affection, appreciation, ardor, attachment, besottedness, bliss, care, cheerfulness, compassion, concern, contentment, delight, desire, devotion, doting, ecstasy, elation, endearment, enchantment, euphoria, exhilaration, felicity, fondness, friendship, glee, happiness, idolization, intimacy, joy, jubilation, keenness, lightheartedness, love, merriment, passion, penchant, predilection, rapture, regard, satisfaction, tenderness, triumph, warmth, worship... ~Melissa 🙂


Aestival – “Of or belonging to the summer.”  Isn't that a delightful word for such a sentiment?   I learned this word courtesy of's Word of the Day came just a few days ago and I thought it was appropriate to post here since the summer is winding down.  The summer is a … Continue reading Aestival

Sometimes there are just no words…

Sometimes, there are just no words that seem to fit.  The more you try to find the right word, the harder it becomes.  In cases like these, there is not much you can do, but let it be. The wrong words only make things worse.   abandoned, anguished, at a loss, at sea, baffled, bemused, … Continue reading Sometimes there are just no words…


Kismet- Any word that pertains to destiny or fate is simply beautiful to me because of its very essence.  I am a strong believer in destiny.  I believe that all things do happen for a reason, though it isn't always obvious what that reason may be at the time.  Appreciating that the relationships, experiences, and … Continue reading Kismet


Brackish - Nicholas Sparks uses this word a lot.  I think it appears at least once in each of his first several novels.  And, I love that it does!  When I first read it in The Notebook, I fell in love with it right away.  It is used to describe water that is slightly salty, … Continue reading Brackish