Welcome to The Epic! I am launching this blog as a manifesto for and a guide to living well. The title and motto of the blog are taken from the Epicureans, at least some of whom believed in the notion that not one minute of the future was guaranteed to them and that as a result they had the duty to live life to its fullest every moment.

I believe in discovering fun and pleasurable things wherever I find myself each day and I am told I have a knack for unearthing them. My hope is that by sharing in my pleasures and some of my ways of finding them you will begin to collect all the riches that lie in the moments of your life. They are there. Take them! All our lives should be.....Epic.

Friday, May 8, 2009

An Espiegle Look

Every morning it happens. I get a new dose of the English language. Delivered to my email inbox. And it never fails to divert and delight me. If you love words, as I do, you should subscribe to the "word of the day" from Merriam-Webster and Dictionary.com. They will teach you new things about words and their derivations. And you never know when a new word or two will come in handy. For example...

It was only a moment. Occurring years ago. I was dallying after a long luncheon. Ambling down the sidewalk after leaving Fouquet's. The lingering taste of raspberries and a respectable VSOP causing the faintest of smiles to cross my lips. She walked past me, the brisk transporter of a yellow and white Fendi shopping bag. She tossed her hair in my direction along with a sideways espiegle look. That caught my cognac tinted breath and made it reverse course. For a fraction of a second, I considered catching her. Making my best introduction in broken one semester French. Changing the course of our lives. Mais, non. Instead, I went on my way, a man of stately embonpoint, as she continued her coruscating walk without me.

The look of the coruscant woman above is considerably espiegle. Most days, these email gems contain words I have not known before. Every day, they stimulate my imagination. And provide me with moments of joy. They are free. But they are priceless.


Charles said...

Thanks. Not otiose at all.

Pigtown*Design said...

I get dictionary.com in the mornings and OED word of the day in the evenings. It's such fun learning new words at this late date.

M.Lane said...

Longwing, VERY clever using that days WOTD in your comment!

PD, I can't beieve I didnt get the WOTD from OED!!! I'm signing up right away!

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