On If

If – from the Old English gif

If – mainly a conjunction; sometimes a noun

If – an introduction to a conditional clause

If – a statement around a condition; a presumption, supposition, provision, precondition, proviso, requirement, specification, stipulation, or restriction

If – an assumption leading to an event or outcome

If – delivering a possibility, request, or opinion

If – an implied reservation

If – as in although, yet, despite being, even though, or but – many times serving as an excuse

If – noun as uncertainty, doubt

If – a function in programing to make a decision

If – a 1910 poem by Rudyard Kipling

If – a 1968 movie starring Malcolm McDowell

If – a BBC drama-documentary series

“If” – a 2010 episode of Desperate Housewives

If – a magazine subtitled “Worlds of Science Fiction”

If – a political comic strip appearing The Guardian (a UK newspaper)

If (band), 1970s British progressive jazz-rock band, and the name of their album

If – songs by Bananarama, Bread, Janet Jackson, Joni Mitchell, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pink Floyd, Perry Como, Destiny’s Child, Rivermaya, Davido, and more.

If – what if I had answered my own challenge with in a way other than my own.

NOTE: I encourage readers to follow the pingback links in the Comments to other posts about If that answer the If Challenge.

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On a Word Challenge

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When recently commenting on a blog, a past post came to mind – one from 16 December 2013. I’m sure you remember it, but for those who don’t, I’ll briefly explain.

The post, On Palaver, is about words (and my 15th most viewed post). I recall how much I put into writing it. It was one of those posts that kept evolving. The biggest surprise came when I was notified that WordPress editors selected it to be Freshly Pressed. That was the second (and last) time I received that honor (16 December 2013).

Here’s the challenge:

  1. Read the post (On Palaver).
  2. Make a comment (preferably on this post) that includes a word (in English) that has never appeared on this blog.

Suggestions

Before making a comment, check your word in two places;

  1. With your Find function on the On Palaver page for your word
  2. Enter your word in the Search box, located in the right panel just below the Freshly Pressed graphic.

Have fun … and good luck!

On Justice

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Justice – a concern for fairness, peace, and genuine respect for people. (Google Dictionary)

Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Activist, Reformer)

It is justice, not charity, that is wanting in the world. Mary Wollstonecraft (Writer)

Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe. Frederick Douglass (author)

Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both. Eleanor Roosevelt (First Lady)

All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope. Winston Churchill (Statesman)

Freedom and justice cannot be parceled out in pieces to suit political convenience. I don’t believe you can stand for freedom for one group of people and deny it to others. Coretta Scott King (Activist)

But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. (Book of Amos, 5:24)

A joint youth-adult choir sang a song at our church’s musical event celebrating the Reformation’s 500-year anniversary. I choked up listen to it during rehearsal, and then again during the concert. Enjoy Roll Down Justice by Mark A. Miller.

On Green

Green – from the Latin viridis, related to virere “to grow” and very “spring” … and from the Greek chloros

Green – from the Old English grēne (adjective), grēnian (verb)

Green – of Germanic origin; related to Dutch groen, German grün, also to grass and grow;

Variations – green, greens, greener, greening, greenest, greened

Green – one of the three primary colors of light

Green – the color between blue and yellow in the spectrum with a wavelength range of 495-570 nanometers

Green – commonly associated with the presence of chlorophyll

Green – consisting of fresh green vegetables

Green – covered with vegetation …. as in verdant, grassy, leafy, verdurous

Green – vegetables, leafy vegetables, salad, salad greens, kale, spinach, lettuce, chard

Green – one of three colors of quark

Green – a signal to proceed

Green – the lowest level of difficulty

Green – a political principle about the environment … as in environmental, ecocentric, ecological,  conservation, non-polluting

Green – unripe, immature, unseasoned, and raw

Green – a person who is inexperienced, naive, immature, gullible, or young

Green – as in emerald, forest, kelly, jade, mint, lime, yellow-green, blue-green, and chartreuse

Green – formed by combining yellow and cyan in the RGB color model used in computer and television screens

Green – a person’s complexion as pale, sickly-looking, pallid, ashen, pasty

Green – a common place associated with the center of town, a public, a park, common, a lawn

Green – the very short grass immediately surrounding a hole on a golf course

Green – the color detected by the M cone cells on the eye’s retina

Green – the traditional complement to red – the RGB complement to magenta

Green – a color for natural camouflage

 

Green – the eye color most common in Northern and Central Europe

Green – the symbol of regeneration and rebirth in Ancient Egypt

Green – in the flags of Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Ireland, Italy, Pakistan,  South Africa, Portugal and Nigeria, Jamaica, Iran, Libya, Portugal and Nigeria

Green – the traditional color of Islam and the median color between light and obscurity

Green – the color of Roman Catholic and Protestant vestments during ordinary time – but the color of Pentecost to Orthodox Christians

Green – Green – the symbol of fertility (China) eternal life (Japan), death (South America), Wednesday (Thailand), hope (India), corruption, (North Africa), money (USA), luck (to many), but traditionally a forbidden color in Indonesia

Green – the color of St. Patrick’s Day – but combines with red at Christmas

Green – the color of Venus: the Roman goddess of gardens, vegetables, and vineyards

Green – the color of springtime, freshness, hope, nature, vivacity, and life

Green with blue for calm, tolerance, neutrality, harmony, balance, and agreeable

Green – the color of jealousy and envy

Special thanks to Marina (Marina Kanavaki @ Art Towards a Happy Day) for the images of her artwork. I encourage readers to visit her at website and her Society 6 store where you can browse her work on various media. All images are copyrighted by Marina Kanavaki.

This is my second collaboration with Marina, here’s the first: On Blue.

On Respect

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Aretha spells it: R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Merriam-Webster defines it:

  • a relation or reference to a particular thing or situation
  • remarks having respect to an earlier plan
  • an act of giving particular attention
  • the quality or state of being

A thesaurus provides substitute words: appreciates, considerate, dignity, honor, recognize, regard, courtesy, and more

The Cincinnati Enquirer Editorial Board writes it.

Respect, it would seem, is in incredibly short supply in America these days. Inappropriate actions, offensive and rude language and a general lack of manners are, unfortunately, becoming the norm. And increasingly, there seems to be little patience or respect for the diverse ideas or experiences of others.

America has become a nation of absolutists in love with their own perspectives and intolerant of differing ones. But what has always made this country great is its diversity of people and their opinions, ideas and culture. …

Respect for each other’s differing opinions and backgrounds opens the door for healthy dialogue as opposed to the often angry, back-and-forth that masquerades as conversation on social media.”

United States Air Force Lt. General John Silveria says it.

On 50 Shades of Light

Gray to the Americans is grey to the British

Gray – from the Old English grǣg; related to Dutch grauw and German grau

Gray – as in gri (Albanian), grisa (Basque), šedá (Czech), grigio (Italian), pelēks (Latvian). szary (Polish), cinza (Portuguese), llwyd (Welsh). and more (feel free to add your own)

Gray – a noun, adjective, a verb, or a personal name

Gray – as noun: gray, grays

Gray – a color or a pigment between black and white

Converted from a color print. Many shades of gray as well as black and white. Near Page, Arizona

Converted from a color print. Many shades of gray as well as black and white. Near Page, Arizona

 

Gray – a member of the Confederate army in the US Civil War

Gray – as a verb as in gray, graying, grayed

A foggy morning, nothing left except gray

A foggy morning, nothing left except gray

 

Graying – as with hair, aging

Gray – as an adjective, as in gray, grayer, grayest

Bryce Canyon, one of the most color places anywhere - yet still beautiful in monochrome

Bryce Canyon, one of the most color places anywhere – yet still beautiful in monochrome

 

Gray – synonyms include silvery, gunmetal al, slate, charcoal, smoky, hoary

Gray – related to old people, as in growing old, mature, older

Gray – as a description of the weather, as in cloudy, overcast, dull, sunless, gloomy, dreary, dismal, somber, bleak, murky

Winter washing away the color photo

Winter washing away the color photo

 

Gray – a person’s face – as in pale, tired, aged, ill, ashen, wan, pale, pasty, pallid, colorless, bloodless, white, waxen

Gray – without interest or character – as in faceless, characterless, colorless, nondescript, insipid, jejune, unremarkable, flat, bland, dry, stale

Gray – as in monochrome – a photograph or picture executed in varying tones of black and white – or even of one color

A photo converted into "DaVinci" sketch using Topaz Impression software

A photo converted into “DaVinci” sketch using Topaz Impression software

Gray – the monochromic version – achromatic, colorless, neutral, dirty, dull, faded, pale, chalky, ashen, washed-out … that’s gray … as in 50 shades of light

A whiteout in Oklahoma

A whiteout in Oklahoma

 

Steve is not only a long-time friend and photography enthusiast, we’ve collaborated on several occasions right here. I write the text and he selected the images to embed at various points.

I encourage everyone to visit his site to see his photos, which are available for purchase. He may also respond to comments here when he can, so feel free to ask him questions.

Photos by Steve Ancik @ LightWave Images

On Blue

 

Atom Sea No16©marina-kanavaki 675

Atom Sea No16©marina-kanavaki

Blue …. an adjective, noun, or verb

Blue … as in bluing, bluing, blued, blues, bluer, bluest, bluely, blueness

Blue … from the Old English blǣwen, the Old Norse blár, the Old French bleu, and the Anglo-French blef, ble

Paths of Color [TGB]©marina-kanavaki 675

Paths of Color [TGB]©marina-kanavaki

Blue …. a range of colors between green and violet

Blue … one of three primary colors in painting

Blues … combined the with black, grey, or white for different shades

Blue …. combined with red is violet … with yellow is green

Atom Sea No11©marina-kanavaki 675

Atom Sea No11©marina-kanavaki

Blue … combined with green is turquoise, teal, and aquamarine

Blue … sky blue, navy blue, powder blue, midnight blue, Prussian blue, royal blue, ice blue, baby blue, peacock blue, steel blue, slate blue, and many more

Cerulean Tree©marina-kanavaki 675

Cerulean Tree©marina-kanavaki

Blue … azure, cobalt, sapphire, Lapis, indigo, azurite, cyan, cerulean, zaffre … all blue

Blue … a feeling … as in depressed, down, sad, unhappy, melancholy

Blue … to wash or make blue

Blue … hydrangea, bell flowers, morning glory, irises, periwinkles, …all blue flowers, but only a few of many

Atom Flowers #23

Atom Flowers #23 ©marina-kanavaki

Blue … a symbol, uniform, military unit, identify of a nation or team

Blue … Robin eggs, Cookie Monster, porcelain, blueberries, cornflower, Blue Man Group

Blue … as in blue in the face, exhausted, and speechless

Character #6

Character #6 ©marina-kanavaki

Blue … discolored by cold, contusion, fear, or vascular collapse … a sign of death

Blue … out of the blue, the sudden and unexpectedly

Blue … off-color, risqué, profane, indecent, smutty, trashy, porn … as in movies. books, stories, jokes

Blue …. as in Bluetooth, Blue whale, Blue Jays, Blue Bayou, Blue Cheese, Blue Jeans, Blue moon

Full Moon October 2015©marina-kanavaki 675

Full Moon October 2015©marina-kanavaki

Blue … it’s a boy

Blue … a fleeting thought … up into the blue

Blue …. as in true blue …. the faithful and loyal

Blue … as in blue collar … labor … the working class

Blue … as in blue blood … a member of nobility

Blue … to a bride … “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”

Blue …. the color of Advent season (Christianity), the skin color of the holiest (Hinduism), the covering of the items in the Mishkan (Judaism)

Vishuddha Chakra [Little Chakra Tree]©marina-kanavaki 675

Vishuddha Chakra [Little Chakra Tree]©marina-kanavaki

Blue … a sign for personal qualities as accepting, affectionate, authentic, artistic, caring, comfort, compassionate, harmonious, peaceful, sympathetic, tender … people oriented

Blue …. harmony, faithfulness, confidence, distance, infinity, imagination, cold, and sympathy

Blue … holiness, humility virtue, excellence, distinction and high performance.

Blue … the sky and water because they reflect blue … thus absorbing the other colors

Purple Rays Permeate©marina-kanavaki

Purple Rays Permeate©marina-kanavaki

Special thanks to Marina (Marina Kanavaki @ Art Towards a Happy Day) for the images of her artwork. I encourage readers to visit her at website and her Society 6 store where you can browse her work on various media. All images are copyrighted by Marina Kanavaki.