Entries by donovan

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Magic Word: Alchemy

The Oxford English Dictionary says alchemy is derived from khemia, which means “black earth”. It’s a reference to the fertile soil of the Nile, as opposed to red desert sand. It was an ancient name for Egypt, and means “the …

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SIP is Right, Even If It’s Wrong

It’s March 14, 2020.

Gavin Newsom has put a Shelter In Place(SIP) order to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed. For the next month, at least, all non-essential businesses are shut down. It’s going to devastate the economy in ways we …

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Magic Word: Enchant

Enchant is one of my favorite words. It means “to fill someone with great delight; charm” and “to put someone under a spell; bewitch” It originated from “cantar” which means “to sing” in Latin. It also closely related to “incantation’.…