Editor: Colleen Green
Poem of the Month
By Vickie L. Weaver
I carefully sweep his mom’s Christmas cactus
leaves, their blooms still
red with promise,
all by his tears long sodden,
drooped and fallen
between the table and the wall—
then gently gather them
into the ready receptacle
and carry them to the rich garden
where chameleon skies
can reflect green eyes.
Quote of the Month
Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
Word of the Month
1 a : a sum of money remitted
b : an instrument by which money is remitted
2 : transmittal of money (as to a distant place)
Did You Know?
Since the 14th century, the verb remit has afforded a variety of meanings, including “to lay aside (a mood or disposition),” “to release from the guilt or penalty of,” “to submit or refer for consideration,” and “to postpone or defer.” It is derived from Latin mittere (meaning “to let go” or “to send”), which is also the root of the English verbs admit, commit, emit, omit, permit, submit, and transmit. Use of remittance in financial contexts referring to the release of money as payment isn’t transacted until the 17th century.
“PayPal has everything it needs to send money to friends or family or to pay bills, even across borders. Its acquisition of Xoom in 2015 gave it a strong position in digital remittance.” — Adam Levy, The Motley Fool, 14 Dec. 2018
“Kit … knew that his old home was a very poor place…, and often indited square-folded letters to his mother, enclosing a shilling or eighteenpence or such other small remittance, which Mr Abel’s liberality enabled him to make.” — Charles Dickens, The Old Curiosity Shop, 1841
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