JSW Prompt Response 5-14-2017


He’d never been up the stairs, though he’d often thought, nay dreamed, about it. There was a mystery beyond that bend of which, he feared, he would never know.

He’d come here every day for the last year, wanting, hoping, wishing, but no. He was afraid. Wasn’t sure of what, but afraid none-the less. And now, this was the last day, the last chance, for him to buckle up his courage and set foot on the moss-covered stones.

Tomorrow, he was going home. University was over. Time to return to his normal life in America. Job. Guy friends. Girl friends. The Girl Friend. Engagement. Marriage. House. Car. Picket fence. 2.5 children.

2.5?  What?

Growing older. Grand-kids. Retirement – too poor to do anything but sit at home and watch TV. Death of his wife. His own death. Or at least assumed she would go first. Maybe not; maybe it would be him.

Well, life in a nutshell, but was that the life he wanted? A normal, ordinary life?

A boring life?

Now or never.

Putting his foot on the bottom step, he felt a thrill rush his body like an ocean wave. A tingling starting in his foot, running up him and over.

A second step.

Stomach threatening. Breath quick.

Easier as he went up.

At the bend, he paused before looking around. Behind him a normal life. Before him…. what? Probably just the top of the stairs.

Still……. maybe not……



Word Of The Day 4-26-2017


Popularity: Bottom 40% of words 


plural velleities

the lowest degree of volition
a slight wish or tendency :  inclination
a wish you have — a wish that you aren’t working to make come true.


If you have a velleity to run a marathon, the marathon sounds like a good idea — but you probably aren’t going to start training.

Velleity is what keeps companies locked in this mindset of reporting useless numbers. — Matt Bailey, marketing writer

Friedrich Nietzsche describes the velleity of an artist as a “desire to be ‘what he is able to represent, conceive, and express

Did You Know?

Allow us, if you will, to volunteer our knowledge about “velleity.” It is a derivative of the New Latin noun velleitas, from the Latin verb velle, meaning “to wish or will.” You might also wish to know that “velle” is the word that gave us “voluntary” (by way of Anglo-French voluntarie and Latin voluntarius) and “volunteer” (by way of French voluntaire). While both of those words might imply a wish to do something (specifically, to offer one’s help) and the will to act upon it, the less common “velleity” refers to a wish or inclination that is so insignificant that a person feels little or no compulsion to act.