parse v. 1 resolve (a sentence) into its component parts and describe their syntactic roles
Computing analyse (text) into logical syntactic components
-Origin C16: perh. from ME pars ‘parts of speech’, from Fr. pars ‘parts’
syntax n.the combination  of words and phrases to create well formed sentences > a set of rules for or an analysis of this the structure of statements in a computer language
-Origin C16: from Fr. syntaxe, or via late L. from Gk suntazis, from sun-‘together’ + tassein  ‘arrange’
Concise OED 11th th

 Sunday School Religiousness in the American Deep South. 
 I speak from my experience and not hard numbers and facts.  
So what I say will be true of my experience. And, what I extrapolate from my experiences will be messy and imprecise.

This not a scholarly approach. I’d like to share my thoughts as a cultural player. 

Performances of scholarly work in public forums must come clean to the audience at every possible misstep.


matter and/or matter of fact


We have to ask ourselves whether, in any sense at all, there is such a thing as matter…It we cannot be sure of the independent existence of objects, we shall be left alone in a desert–it may be that the whole outer world is nothing but a dream, and that we alone exist. ..there is no logical impossibility in the supposition that the whole of life is a dream, in which we ourselves create all the objects that come before us.  But although this is not logically impossible, there is no reason whatever to suppose that it is true; and is no reason whatever to suppose that it is true.

    Bertrand Russell

Look up avalanche?

New Doc 2017-04-17 (1)_3-01The World’s Worst Disasters. Season 1; Episode 4-Alpine Avalanches. Lazy Saturday of indulging in ‘this type of show”, when this episode’s discussion included an explication of the types of avalanches, gave me the “hey, I never noticed that” experience and also triggered a memory. I’m a native, English speaker who grew up exclusively in the ‘Deep South’ region of the US; and, I did not have experiential knowledge of ‘snow’ whatsoever. (ref. ” ‘Snowmageddon’ in Birmingham, AL 2014″ vis a viz internet search engine results).

Two decades ago, in 7th grade, I took a class entitled “French I”, and that was also my 1st formal exposure to foreign language. One of the first words the class learned was “après–ski.” My experience-to date at the time-of 13ish years of reality could not conceive of a reality where the need to express such a thing would exist was an outrageous concept. How could it be a noun? Do you go to an après–ski? If it was a revelation when linguists discovered how many words Aleutians possessed to denote “white”; it was a revelation to a 13 year old girl in Tuscaloosa, AL that whatever it was these people did after skiing would require a formal symbol for representation.


On Remorse or Regret

 ..and that fills me with remorse. Which is different than regret.

–  William Powell ( author of the Anarchist Cookbook as quoted from the documentary American Anarchist) ° context for quote below, citations at end.

 I think I’m aware that there is certainly that possibility, I think that’s inherent in the 3 paragraphs that I have just read…

[Interrupting his current statement, Powell begins reading directly from the text]

Allow the fear and the loneliness and hatred to build inside, you allow your passions to fertilize the seeds of constructive revolution, allow your love of freedom to overcome the false value placed on human life, freedom is based on respect and respect must be earned by the spilling of blood.”

[Resuming his statement in the documentary, he reflects that]

I can remember writing that and I remember thinking that is a cool turn of phrase. I was pleased with that at the time. Now, I think it’s absolute rubbish, but at the time it sounded really good to me. I can see that people might read portions of this book and find justification for doing very destructive and evil things.

Powell, William. 1949-2016. The anarchist cookbook. With a prefatory note on anarchism today, by P.M. Bergman. New York, L. Stuart [1971]

160 p. illus. 30 cm.


American Anarchist (documentary)

October 8 to 2016.

Director and writer Charlie Siskel.

Production Companies: Bow and Arrow Entertainment; Patna Pictures

Distributors. Gravitas Ventures (2015) (USA) (all media)

Word Introduction

Here is citation info for my sources. We can try to work on our words, but the words work on us too, largely without our awareness. So, here are some words that intrigue me: these are words I want to let ‘work on me.’

Here is citation info for my sources.

We can try to work on our words, but the words work on us too, largely without our awareness.

So, here are some words that intrigue me: these are words I want to let ‘work on me.’