JANET CLARK SHAY

AUTHOR

From hieroglyphics to texting, from Shakespeare to a warm Southern drawl, we use words in a varied and ever changing way.  Whether we write them, speak them, or sing them, from the time we utter our first words, we need them in order to get our point across.

WordAtrium brings light to the colorful and varied aspect of words. Come often and help us unfold the history, meaning, and power behind them.

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"WORDS: SO INNOCENT AND POWERLESS AS THEY ARE, AS STANDING IN A DICTIONARY, HOW POTENT FOR GOOD AND EVIL THEY BECOME, IN THE HANDS OF ONE WHO KNOWS HOW TO COMBINE THEM."
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

From the blog

Sticks & Stones and Tossing WORDS Around

By Janet | July 6, 2019

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” [a common childhood chant meaning hurtful words cannot cause any physical pain and thus will be ignored or disregarded] shot the girl…

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I’m Not Old, I’m CLASSIC

By Janet | July 4, 2019

WELCOME TO OUR GUEST AUTHOR, BARB WAITE – Elsie: Adventures of an Arizona School Teacher 1913-1916 and Elsie’s Mountain: Memories…

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Taste and OBSERVE the Lord’s Goodness

By Janet | July 3, 2019

WELCOME TO OUR GUEST AUTHOR, BARB WAITE – Elsie: Adventures of an Arizona School Teacher 1913-1916 and Elsie’s Mountain: Memories…

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Please Be Patient While I REMINISCE

By Janet | June 28, 2019

WELCOME TO GUEST WRITER BOBBIE BARBER of KANSAS It’s hard to believe my sister, Sherry, has been gone for one…

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PERSPECTIVE from an Airplane Window

By Janet | June 10, 2019

My trip to Grand Junction, Colorado one fall painted a great visual of the word perspective. Sitting on the left…

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LETTERS: Signed, Sealed, & Delivered

By Janet | June 5, 2019

When I was a girl, my great aunt wrote lengthy letters to my mother about the comings and goings (gossip?)…

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