Sunday, December 24, 2006


I am putting this blog on indefinite hold for the time being. Something has come up in my private life which I have, unusually for me, no desire to speak about with anyone.

I wish you all well.



Blogger SEAMONKEY said...

I'm very sorry to hear that. In my hopeful little mind I'm replacing the sinister term 'asystole' with 'cryogenically frozen.' Best wishes.

11:02 AM  
Blogger Foilwoman said...

I'll miss you, and will hope for the hold being lifted at some time in the future. I hope the thing you have no desire to write about (depressive me assumes something bad, but I hope I'm wrong and it's actually wonderful and don't want to tempt fate by writing about it) works itself out or whatever. Wishing you well.

2:24 PM  
Blogger Camilla said...

I'll miss you too. I was thinking about you guys all day yesterday for some reason. Look after yourselves.

6:44 PM  
Blogger Benedict 16th said...


10:22 PM  
Blogger lauritajuanitasanchez said...

On indefinate hold doesn't mean that you'll be gone forever, I hope. I hope all is resolved to your satisfaction and that you feel like writing again soon.

All the best,


1:38 PM  
Blogger Benedict 16th said...

BJ et al,
I subscribe to WoTD (Word of the Day), and today's word made me think of you, and not cos it means so anally retentive that you don't fart (in medicine stuff a- as a prefix denotes "no" as in asystole or no systole, and flatus is the medical word for FART! (one of my favourites is Eructate - to burp)


Today's Word: Afflatus (Noun)

Pronunciation: [ê-'fley-tês]

Definition 1: A strong creative impulse from a muse or higher power, divine or supernatural inspiration.

Usage 1: The adjective for today's word is "afflatitious" but it has also inspired a more regular family with essentially the same meaning: afflate "to blow upon or inspire" and its noun, afflation "inspiration from mysterious higher powers."

Suggested Usage: An afflatus is usually divine, "Collette played the Bach fugues under divine afflatus as we all sat in awe." However, the ultimate test of an afflatus is simply whether it springs from the supernatural, "Arlene must have been under a Satanic afflatus when she agreed to host her husband's office party."

Etymology: Latin afflatus, the past participle of afflare "to blow on" from ad-, (up) to + flare "to blow." The same connection between blowing and inspiration is seen in "inspiration" itself, based on a Latin word meaning to blow in or inhale. The Proto-Indo-European root from which "flare" derives is *bhle-/*bhlo- which shows little change in Modern English "blow." The same root, though, underlies "bladder," perhaps because of the Celts' proclivity to blow into bladders to make music (as in bag-pipes). Nor is it coincidental that blowhards blather—the stems share the same origin. In Latin, however, the initial [bh] became [f] and this root ended up in a word (flare "to blow") that marks blowing at both ends: as in today's word and, again, in "flatulent." (We appreciate the clearly divine afflatus that inspired Lyn Laboriel to suggest today's word.)

11:22 PM  
Blogger Juanita J. Sanchez said...

I miss you already, the 'net isn't the same without you.

1:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I miss you to.
I am also curious to know what is happening to you...
Please tell us you are ok and that Sarah is as well

8:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, he's fine, I'm not.

6:21 PM  
Blogger Camilla said...

Ok, that last message freaks me out a bit.

BJ and Sarah, am still thinking of you and hoping things will work out ok. I know I'm probably too far away to be of much use, but if there's anything I can do, let me know.


ps Happy New Year, I hope 2007 is good to you both!

9:38 AM  
Blogger Foilwoman said...

Wishing both of you (BJ and TduCN) a healthy and happy New Year, and that everything works out as you would both wish it. Take care.

4:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the good wishes! And ignore that last comment...!

Happy 2007!!

5:26 PM  

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