I enjoy a good mystery. Give me a PD James novel and I can be lost for days in the unexpected twists and turning pages. Agatha Christie always keeps me enthralled with her dry British humor and bright well-developed characters, the surprise endings that I never guess. My wife actually got me started, Sharon is a voracious reader, always with at least one going, sometimes staying up half the night. Lately she has been seen reading just a part of an “Aggie”; a few pages that fell out of a thoroughly used paperback. She had read it many times but could never remember the ending!
There has been a group of men meeting in our home weekly for many years. We actually grew out of the Promise Keepers movement from the early 90’s. We call it the “Thursday Guys”. Occasionally we invite someone new to join us, but there is an expectation of long term commitment. There has been some coming and going; it is not right for everyone. There is a circle of tight friendship, camaraderie and accountability and importantly ... transparency.
Word origins and their histories are fascinating, especially the sometimes very creative stories that grow up around them. Etymology is the study of the origins and history of words. It was a fun hobby of my dad’s and he would enthusiastically regale me with some newly discovered history of a common word or phrase.