Vocablet of the Day: Miniaturized

Do you like houseplants?  What about house-trees?  This miniaturized version provides a bit of beauty, as well as encouraging contemplation.

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If you’ve ever had a dollhouse, built model airplanes, or played with toy cars as a kid, then you know that things made on a smaller or tiny scale can be hours of delicate work and entertainment.

The Japanese art of Bonsai trees involves taking careful care of these delicate, miniaturized trees, cutting them back so they grow into specific shapes.  They require a lot of attention, but the benefits are a calmer mind and a piece of beautiful, living artwork.

Have you ever tried to care for a Bonsai tree?  Are you interested in any other types of miniaturized things, like model trains or ceramic figurines?

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Vocablet of the Day: Obstreperous

Kids are many things: cute, interesting, funny, lovable… and out of control!

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Kids are fun and entertaining, but their boundless energy means that they can also sometimes be noisy and difficult to control.

Shirley Jackson’s story about her struggles with her obstreperous children is humorous and touching.  Though she is sometimes exasperated by her high-spirited and obstreperous kids, her love for them is obvious even through the frustration.

The obstreperous-Life Among the Savages Vocablet highlights the book written by a mom about her sometimes wild but always lovable children.

Have you ever been around a group of obstreperous kids?  Were you that way when you were young?

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