Author Archives: J.D. Sullivan | Consultant | Author

Write Away: “Sonder”

Write Away Cat - ReducedThis week, I’m obsessed about the word, “Sonder,” which I found on a nifty Pinterest site, Cool Words and Their Meaning, by Marisa Turpin.  What does this word mean?

– the realization each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own.  

How cool is that? Haven’t heard about Sonder before? The noun seems to have been invented by John Koenig and was planned to be described in his upcoming book, The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows. (more…)

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Write Away: “Moil”

This week, I’m obsessing about, “Moil,” thanks to a suggestion from Chris St. Clair. Here are some of the many definitions:  – To work hard : drudge  – To whirl or churn ceaselessly; twist; eddy.  – Glassmaking. a superfluous piece of glass formed during blowing and removed in the finishing operation. – Origin 1350 – 1400 It’s actually a […]

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Write Away – “Petrichor”

This week, I’m thinking about, “Petrichor.”  (#amwriting) – A pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather. – Find this definition at oxforddictionaries.com. – Coined in the 1960’s. Do you remember that wonderful smell of freshly cut grass from childhood?  I do.  Sunday mornings after Dad mowed the lawn. […]

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Write Away – “Canting”

Gotta love those interesting words. This week, I’m obsessing about, “Canting” (No, not catting).  Here are 3 of the many definitions: – To bevel; form an oblique surface upon. – To put in an oblique position; tilt; tip. – To throw with a sudden jerk. – Origin 1560-1570 Find the full set of definitions for canting at […]

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Sorrel Puree

Do you love easy sauces that taste wonderfully gourmet? As of today, I’m a new fan of a Sorrel Puree, a quick and easy sauce for eggs and potatoes.  I found the recipe in Deborah Madison’s, “Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone,” but she also mentions it on her website, culminate.com.  I’ve included the directions from that site […]

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