Memories…by definition

September 15, 2011

in Memories

Have you ever thought about what a tremendous resource a dictionary can be? And I don’t mean just for tearing out the pages and sticking them on a tag! (Although that can be really fun. But I recommend you find one for 50 cents at a garage sale for that purpose.) What I do mean is for finding just the right words for your cards and scrapbook pages.

With my new posting focus on “Creating”, “Lasting” and “Memories”, I decided to look up my store name words in the dictionary. Was I on the right track for my postings?

Create.  Webster’s says the root of the word for create and cry are the same and the primary sense of both words is to throw or drive out, to produce, to bring forth. Certainly they would seem similar when we think about creating new life, ie. childbirth. And some of you may even relate to that agony when you try to design the right card or layout. In my classes, I often say that it is not a craft class, it is an art class.  With a craft, you attempt to exactly reproduce what has already been created.  In art, you make a new creation by changing what was created. Hence the idea of making it your own. So here is my favorite definition of create: evolving from one’s own imagination, to make or produce by new combinations of matter already created. My attempt to teach new techniques on the blog seems appropriate under this definition.

Lasting. Now I know that nothing lasts forever.  Everything wears out (our bodies are perfect examples of this). Every new product that comes in will be replaced by the next new one that arrives.  According to Webster’s the word “last” is a contracted form of “latest”. And here’s the definition: that which comes after, follows all the others, next before the present. So with these postings I will simply be sharing with you the latest in a continuing stream of new product that comes into Creating Lasting Memories.

Memories. The definition of memory: the mental capacity or faculty of retaining and reviving knowledge of past events. Not surprisingly it has the same root as “mind.” These are the remembrances, impressions and recollections that become the stories we tell and the thoughts we want to express in our cards and scrapbook pages. Those remembrances will be thoughts expressed in words and photos.  Or they will be new memories we are creating in our relationships.  So here I will post quotes, sayings, stories and photos that have touched me.

Well I hope you found this trip down the dictionary road somewhat fun. Imagine! A book that is chock full of words.  Maybe it will help you find just the right ones for your next project.

I will close with a quote I love:

“When we recall the past, we usually find that it is the simplest things – not the great occasions – that in retrospect give off the greatest glow of happiness.” Bob Hope

Marjorie

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