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Word for the Day, Monday, August 4, 2014-- halcyon
8/4/14 | xs

Posted on 08/04/2014 5:49:21 AM PDT by xsmommy

Word For The Day, Monday, 8/4/14

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In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day".

halcyon;adjective Also, hal·cy·o·ni·an [hal-see-oh-nee-uhn] hal·cy·on·ic [hal-see-on-ik] 1. calm; peaceful; tranquil: halcyon weather.

2. rich; wealthy; prosperous: halcyon times of peace.

3. happy; joyful; carefree: halcyon days of youth.

4. of or pertaining to the halcyon or kingfisher.

noun 5. a mythical bird, usually identified with the kingfisher, said to breed about the time of the winter solstice in a nest floating on the sea, and to have the power of charming winds and waves into calmness.

6. any of various kingfishers, especially of the genus Halcyon.

7. ( initial capital letter ) Classical Mythology , Alcyone ( def 2 ) .

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Good Morning Class. Welcome to School!

Here is my example with WFTD.

The gaping maw that is our southern border has virtually guaranteed that our halcyon days as a nation are behind us.

No pushing at the door please!

1 posted on 08/04/2014 5:49:21 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: secret garden; VRWCmember; SoothingDave; rarestia; Texan5; NicknamedBob; TruthShallSetYouFree; ...

good morning.


2 posted on 08/04/2014 5:50:21 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy

weren’t the halcyonians the ones battlestar galactica was running from?


3 posted on 08/04/2014 5:59:34 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: camle

actually halcylonian from the cylon genus.


4 posted on 08/04/2014 6:07:02 AM PDT by showme_the_Glory ((ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government))
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To: camle

coulda been. A+++


5 posted on 08/04/2014 6:07:03 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy

Who can forget the halcyon days when the rule of law kept US free and the actions of the feral government made rational sense.

Making sense in terms of making sure we know who is entering the country when there are deadly disease outbreaks and Islamo-fascist terrorism is on the rise once again.


6 posted on 08/04/2014 6:08:24 AM PDT by HammerT (The Right to keep and bear arms: A Commonsense Civil Right)
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To: xsmommy

Looks like we’re on the same page.

I almost rewrote my comment because I couldn’t help but have my concerns about the present state of the nation encroach into my thoughts and thus have it far too negative for this early in the morning.

But in retrospect, that’s a very difficult task these days.


7 posted on 08/04/2014 6:13:47 AM PDT by HammerT (The Right to keep and bear arms: A Commonsense Civil Right)
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To: xsmommy

Today’s Obama, the one that we all see on
TV, shows the “folks” what he’s lousy on
IRS and Benghazi
Thinks Bibi’s a Nazi
When he ran, said his term would be halcyon


8 posted on 08/04/2014 6:13:56 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (When using "he" or "him" to refer to Barack Obama, is it still okay to use the lower case "h"?)
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To: HammerT

yes, it would be far more challenging were we to require that homework assignments deal with the events of the day, use the word and yet be uplifting and inspiring! A+++


9 posted on 08/04/2014 6:16:00 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

BARNEY FRANK CALLED HIM A LIAR. that is all that needs to be said. A++++


10 posted on 08/04/2014 6:16:56 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy
Admiral Halsey on board, gentlemen.

"ATTACK--REPEAT--ATTACK"

11 posted on 08/04/2014 6:22:12 AM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: xsmommy
Saw this the other day and I think it’s very worthwhile to pass it along:

“Those who don’t study history are doomed to repeat it.” - George Santayana

Yet Those who do study history are doomed to stand by helplessly while everyone else repeats it.

I feel like there is an informed minority that sees what is taking place and thus want to scream at the top of our lungs:

Are you people nuts! Look what is happening! Do something about it!

But I know that won’t do any good so I vent here.

12 posted on 08/04/2014 6:24:54 AM PDT by HammerT (The Right to keep and bear arms: A Commonsense Civil Right)
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To: xsmommy

So, when there’s a hurricane, things are halcyoff?


13 posted on 08/04/2014 6:28:05 AM PDT by SAJ
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To: xsmommy

i hear professor beaker has a halcyclotron somewhere...


14 posted on 08/04/2014 6:39:25 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: Fightin Whitey
I'm so sorry. A+++
15 posted on 08/04/2014 6:55:26 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: HammerT

I repeatedly say we have fallen down the rabbit hole/gone through the looking glass and much like Alice we are astounded at all that we see going on around us.


16 posted on 08/04/2014 6:56:32 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: SAJ

thar she blows! A+++


17 posted on 08/04/2014 6:57:32 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: SAJ; tioga; SoothingDave; NeoCaveman; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

Has anyone else read Jim Geraghty’s book the Weed Agency? I have to say, I am not impressed and it pains me to say it because I love following him on twitter and I get his daily email which I find very clever, but the book... not so much. I saw all kinds of rave reviews on Twitter by other notable pundits, but I wonder if they were just trying to be nice. I had to stop reading it bc I found it so annoying.


18 posted on 08/04/2014 7:02:03 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy

I love that word “halcyon”.


19 posted on 08/04/2014 7:12:04 AM PDT by FrdmLvr ("WE ARE ALL OSAMA, 0BAMA!" al-Qaeda terrorists who breached the American compound in Benghazi)
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To: xsmommy
Sorry, no view here. Not on Twitter, either.

;^)

20 posted on 08/04/2014 7:13:31 AM PDT by SAJ
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To: FrdmLvr

me too! I like to feature words that sound or look cool to me. I recently featured FESTOON because I love that word!


21 posted on 08/04/2014 7:14:10 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: SAJ

well no loss since I am not recommending it! so what’s shakin down in the selva? ; )


22 posted on 08/04/2014 7:15:05 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy

May your all days be halcyon and your nights festooned with revelry.


23 posted on 08/04/2014 7:24:55 AM PDT by FrdmLvr ("WE ARE ALL OSAMA, 0BAMA!" al-Qaeda terrorists who breached the American compound in Benghazi)
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To: FrdmLvr

what a lovely sentiment! thank you!


24 posted on 08/04/2014 7:25:42 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy

You’re welcome. And thank you for providing this fine thread. I always read it, but I don’t always participate, although the vocabulary does tend to stick with me and I find myself using some of it precisely because of recent encounters with it on the thread.


25 posted on 08/04/2014 7:33:08 AM PDT by FrdmLvr ("WE ARE ALL OSAMA, 0BAMA!" al-Qaeda terrorists who breached the American compound in Benghazi)
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To: xsmommy

Haven’t read it - but will go look it up and see what is being said


26 posted on 08/04/2014 7:35:48 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Turmoil in the Middle East? Quick Obama, show them your Peace Prize!)
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To: xsmommy

I need an Agency of Invasive Species for my yard though...


27 posted on 08/04/2014 7:38:59 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Turmoil in the Middle East? Quick Obama, show them your Peace Prize!)
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To: FrdmLvr

if you have any suggestions for words for us to feature just let us know, there are 5 of us and we are always looking for new and different words!


28 posted on 08/04/2014 7:42:55 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

that’s precisely what the fictional agency supposedly regulates!


29 posted on 08/04/2014 7:43:27 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy

Yes I read a couple of reviews... lol


30 posted on 08/04/2014 7:46:03 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Turmoil in the Middle East? Quick Obama, show them your Peace Prize!)
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
so yeah, this is going on a few blocks from me here. and while people fulminate over treating the poor Samaritans purse workers at Emory, we have an entire delegation of potential carriers just wandering loose here. AND WHAT in the world do we need to confer with African leaders about when the rest of the damn world is up in flames and we are doing squat?
31 posted on 08/04/2014 7:51:40 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy
I cannot imagine the halcyon job descriptions that keep these union slackers employed. Also, can anyone give me a single reason why there should be any union worker in government?
32 posted on 08/04/2014 7:55:35 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
what's to explain other than that he's a muslim who advocates for the destruction of Israel.
33 posted on 08/04/2014 7:55:37 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: secret garden

A+++


34 posted on 08/04/2014 7:57:03 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy
A comfortable lawn chair ... curly nachos & other snackies ... your favorite alcohol ... cyan, cloudless skies, with only a chance of rain ... great company – all the makings for a halcyon mid-summer day!
35 posted on 08/04/2014 8:13:38 AM PDT by mikrofon (MWFTD Bump)
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To: mikrofon

sounds delish! A++++


36 posted on 08/04/2014 8:14:34 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: secret garden
this floored me.
37 posted on 08/04/2014 8:16:37 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy
For the "rainy" season, most of Panama is dry as hell. Just 2 days with rain in July (a rainy season month). Luckily, we had a shower 2 days ago, then a good rain yesterday. Been watering the garden with 2-liter bottles. Again, luckily, I'm only growing 7 herbs and some sweet peppers. Rosemary is virtually invulnerable to drought in a semihumid climate, as is the Panamanian variety of oregano. Panamanian basil (WAY more flavourful than Genovese, which is preferred by American restauranteurs) needs water, but much less when it is planted in half-shade.

Thyme is tricky here, but grows. Sage is a real PITA, have to germinate it in a wet paper towel vacuum (sort of) sealed in a Ziploc bag; however, once germinated, just plant the seedling in the garden in RAISED soil and you're good to go. Wet roots is about the only thing that will kill sage here; no natural pests or diseases to speak of. Dill, of course, which I grow and sell, needs a lot of water...so I see to it that my dill GETS the bloody water, and it grows like crazy.

We have a new presidente, Varela, who is very pro-business, but has just imposed price controls on 25 popular staples. This will, of course, backfire as price controls always do, but they are popular temporarily. More heartening is the fact that in the May national election, the socialists got clobbered. Panamanian economy is growing at 7+ % per year, so things are pretty good.

The canal widening is pretty much on schedule (shocking, considering Panama), and will bring in stacks of revenue when complete. To the government's (temporary, I'm quite sure) credit, the pols aren't (yet) falling all over themselves to spend the future revenue. The new subway system in Ciudad Panama has a big chunk complete, but doesn't yet run to Tocumen Int'l Airport (important because it will break up the ripoff taxicab cartel). Here in El Valle, we are having water shortage problems w/o the rains, not surprisingly. The various alcaldes have finalised a plan to increase water storage by 40-50 per cent, which will (WILL, the funds are already appropriated) be built next year. Have to have it, because (drat the luck), this province (Cocle) is growing in population very quickly, mainly I think due to the fantastic (usually) weather.

And that's all the news that is news, and (best Dennis Miller imitation) I..am..outta..here.

FReegards!

38 posted on 08/04/2014 8:44:19 AM PDT by SAJ
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To: xsmommy

If I was Barney, I’d hire a bodyguard.


39 posted on 08/04/2014 8:45:26 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: xsmommy

Great catch on the Adm. Halsey lyric.

I had forgotten about that one.

Those were the halcyon days for the Fab Four, yes?


40 posted on 08/04/2014 8:46:50 AM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: SAJ

is Panamanian oregano a variety of cilantro? I cannot abide cilantro, hadn’t really had it until I lived in Colombia and found that it just makes me want to hurl! I bought a mixed greens blend at the store last week that had it in there and I was outraged, then I saw that I bought something that said mixed HERBS and I guess that’s where I got into trouble with the cilantro. Makes eating Mexican and Thai kind of dicey, I always have to ask about cilantro.


41 posted on 08/04/2014 8:48:10 AM PDT by xsmommy
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No, Panamanian oregano is a variety of oregano. It grows straight up (mostly), whereas traditional norteamericano oregano grows low to the ground and gets bushy when the plant matures. Pan. Oregano, again, is way more flavourful than its American cousin. Don't need to dry it at all; just cut a branch, strip the leaves, chop finely and you're done. For perspective, I've 1 2-year old oregano plant that is taller than I am (try THAT one out on your gardening friends. You may see jaws drop, heh heh).

I am growing cilantro (forgot to mention it earlier). First year I've had any survive as far as blooming. Only growing it for the seeds, which are (class?) the tasty spice called coriander. Cilantro (which produces cilantro LEAF and coriander SEED) is one of only two plants on the planet that produces TWO spices. Can you name the other?

A lot of folks can't stand cilantro leaf, something in the olfactory system, I imagine. It is, however, a very pretty herb that smells delightful when in the garden (while one waits for the seeds to grow).

42 posted on 08/04/2014 8:59:22 AM PDT by SAJ
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To: xsmommy

Will BamBam be in attendance?


43 posted on 08/04/2014 9:00:50 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Turmoil in the Middle East? Quick Obama, show them your Peace Prize!)
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"Is freedom anything else than the right to live as we wish?
Nothing else."

~Epictetus




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44 posted on 08/04/2014 9:01:40 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: xsmommy

Another of the many things I don’t understand about liberals in this country is how they can say something ridiculous and the left supports them or backs them up. So many liberals voted for this funding but he won’t have anyone accuse him of being a hater.


45 posted on 08/04/2014 9:03:54 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Turmoil in the Middle East? Quick Obama, show them your Peace Prize!)
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To: secret garden

he might like to be roughed up by them, you don’t know...


46 posted on 08/04/2014 9:44:19 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: Fightin Whitey

it was the first thing that came into my mind when I saw your post. Indeed


47 posted on 08/04/2014 9:44:57 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: SAJ

I do like coriander, so it’s just the leaf which disgusts me ; )


48 posted on 08/04/2014 9:46:04 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

He’s called these guys from his Fatherland to the US, so yeah, I imagine he will be presiding. I am sure there is some THROW-DOWN scheduled to fete them, as well.


49 posted on 08/04/2014 9:46:53 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
oh wait, it appears I was wrong. Bams can't be bothered to meet with the Africans, he's handing them off to Uncle Joe. RME.
50 posted on 08/04/2014 10:07:44 AM PDT by xsmommy
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