When everything is the wellest, what else is one to do? Here are some wonderful, interesting things:

POLYSYLLABIC HUMOUR. Greek polú(s), many, much, sullabḗ, that which holds together. The use of long words instead of simple short ones for amusing effect; for example, to call a lie a terminological inexactitude, or a conjuror a prestidigitator. Dickens rather affected this kind of humour.

(from Current Literary Terms (1967), by A.F. Scott, p.229.)

62. Stay in Bed

You know this works, so go ahead. Don’t feel guilty about it. There always have been and always will be days in your life when it’s better to stay in bed. The great news is you get better at giving in to the inevitable, and you stop feeling guilty.

I settle in with a bowl of cream of tomato soup and a box of Cheez-Its, and I watch an entire season of Buffy on DVD. Go rest.

ARE YOU A LAZYBONES? You know what’s a reasonable length of time to be completely zoned out, so set an alarm and when the alarm and when the alarm goes off, try #33, Stop f*cking around and get to work.

ALREADY IN BED? If you’re confined to bed, and[/or] reality is no place you want to be living in, you can go to Tahiti in your mind, or to any other place you’d like to visit. See #40, Make Believe, and #91, Believe in your own paradox.

(from Hello, Cruel World (2006), by Kate Bornstein, p.181-182.)

Thanksgivings for the Natural Order

8. For the Beauty of the Earth

We give you thanks, most gracious God, for the beauty of earth and sky and sea; for the richness of mountains, plains, and rivers; for songs of birds and loveliness of flowers. We praise you for these good gifts, and pray that we may safeguard them for our posterity. Grant that we may continue to grow in our grateful enjoyment of your abundant creation, to the honor and glory of your Name, now and for ever. Amen.

(from The Book of Common Prayer (1977), of the Episcopal Church, p.840.)

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