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Why the Name WordAtrium? 

When choosing a name for my blog about words, I decided it would be fun to make a comparison between atriums and words.

Atriums invite light into large spaces, their glass ceilings sometimes stretching several stories high. Called conservatories in Victorian times, these carefully groomed and nurtured sunrooms are the heart of an architectural space, providing fresh air, water, and light.

Atriums showcase the familiar and not so familiar in an intimate setting. There, I may see a Cattleya orchid or a bright-hued cockatiel. I listen to the gentle splash of a fountain as I drink coffee at a bistro table and admire an oil painting on a nearby easel.

Admittedly my comparison is a stretch, but if you think about it, not all that much of a stretch. Words need to be carefully groomed and nurtured. They come alive (or linger and eventually die) depending upon who cares for them and how much light they receive.

There is a never ending variety to draw from and sometimes just sitting and admiring them (through books for one) a new world opens up to us. Yes, the more I think about it, the more I like the comparison!