Gratuitous – the devolution of a good word

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Like gratitude, grace, and congratulate, gratuitous is a descendant of the Latin wordgratus, which means “pleasing” or “grateful.” When gratuitous was first used in the middle of the 17th century, it meant “free” or “given without return benefit or compensation.” The extended meaning “done without good reason” or “unwarranted” came about just a few decades later, perhaps from the belief held by some people who one should not give something without getting something in return.

In addition to my Sunday Snippets, Good Friar has a word for today. Gratefully yours, Perpetua.

Originally posted on friarmusings:

From Merriam Webster’s “Word of Day

Definition (adjective)
1 : done or provided without recompense : free
2 : not called for by the circumstances : unwarranted

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My First Christmas

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I love Christmas stories and this is worth sharing. What is your story?

Originally posted on HHC Blog:

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First, I want to say “Happy Holidays!” to all of you! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas, New Year and a great 2015!

Now, I would like to tell you the story of my first Christmas. When I was preparing to post this story, I could still feel all the emotions I had gone through at that night. It was a magical night that I would never forget.
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Christmas came to me unexpectedly in 1962, when I was 11.

My family was poor. We seldom went any place. Biking was my favorite activity. On December 24, I left home after lunch. Like any other day, I didn’t have a destination, simply following the traffic lights: red light meant turn to the right, green light meant go straight ahead. Thirty minutes later I was getting tired and decided to turn around. That was when I saw my classmate…

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The Endurance of Tacloban: Heart of the Philippines

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China Sojourns provided us with an excellent photography, writting, lessons and Save the Children project on the impact of Typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban, Philippines. An Excellent post! And I want to add with the gifts of faith, hope, and love the Filipinos will recover and become stronger people. Thank you, Randall for keeping us up-to-date.

Originally posted on China Sojourns Photography:

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Violent winds swirl the dark, ominous thunderclouds overhead. The pounding waves crash onto the rocky shore and the roar of the Pacific Ocean makes its intention clear: thrash anything in its path.

With electricity in the air, I am oblivious to everything except the power coming my way as rain beats against my face, sucking me into the depths of the storm.

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Ever since I was young, the powerful forces of storms, especially on the Oregon Coast, have held a rare type of electricity for me.  Electricity that excites my soul and eliminates any trace of fear I may have.

Chasing the idea of becoming one with the storm.  Not just to see the power unravel in front of me, but to physically feel this rare electricity.

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The past three days I’ve experienced a different type of feeling.

Walking along the Tacloban city coastline watching the sunrise, I am beginning…

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Waiting for us

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This post resonates what is written in my “About” page. One cannot hurry up the waiting process. Trust in the slow process on waiting even though one is not religious. De Chardin has proven his point and Friar pointed it so well.

Originally posted on friarmusings:

waiting1There are lots of different ways to wait. Scripture has over 162 verses that describe all sorts and manners of waiting. I suspect you are familiar with a good portion of the different kinds of waiting – after all, we all wait. In the military, the common experience was to “hurry up and wait.” We all wait. It is a common experience, and yet there are differences in waiting. There is a difference between expectant, on the edge-of-your-seat waiting; the patient “it will happen in its own good time and there is nothing I can do about it” waiting; and the waiting of dread, tedium, and despair. I think our “are we ever gonna’ get there waiting” because a flight to Europe can take 8+ hours, would fall on deaf ears for our ancestors who traveled months on boats to reach these distant shores. But things change, the world has…

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Beyond Boundaries

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Something to ponder! Poetry by KB.

Beyond Boundaries

What boundaries
Can there be
If we cross them
Knowing what we do
Makes them a redundancy
Until we can go no further.

Then boundaries remain real
Until our steps are left behind
By someone passing by
Going further than we could.

And we
Will be remembered
For not having gone
Far enough
To leave the past behind.

But how can we see ourselves
Except by those who might
Look back?

Originally posted on A Mirror Obscura,:
Artwork by, Kenneth A. Brauchler

Originally posted on A Mirror Obscura,:

Beyond Boundaries

What boundaries
Can there be
If we cross them
Knowing what we do
Makes them a redundancy
Until we can go no further.

Then boundaries remain real
Until our steps are left behind
By someone passing by
Going further than we could.

And we
Will be remembered
For not having gone
Far enough
To leave the past behind.

But how can we see ourselves
Except by those who might
Look back?

Artwork by, Kenneth A. Brauchler

PS: To those few who have liked my poetry and were kind enough to purchase a copy of my first and only book I say thank you sincerely. To those of you who like my poetry and have not thought of purchasing what the reviews say is a book worth having to read I ask you to please consider it—perhaps as a gift for someone this holiday season. As poetry books go…

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