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En-gage: Needwant

As humans, we all have needs. I’m sure you’re all familiar with Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. The hierarchy begins with physiological needs and moves up to the need of self-actualization. What is need? Need (v.): require (something) because it is essential or very important; synonym–want. Need (n.): circumstances in which […]

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En-gage: Because I just bought a typewriter

  Do you wear over-sized glasses? Enjoy flannel and beards? Have you recently started buying records? Have a typewriter? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you might be a hip-ster (n.): a person who follows the latest trends of fashions, especially those regarded as being outside the […]


En-gage: to carry life (v.)

Birth-days (n.). We all have them. When we’re little we invited our entire class to share cake with us. We can’t wait until we can open the presents. As we get older, some people refuse to admit that they have a birth-day. When asked how old they are, they stick […]

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En-gage: eventual/eventuality

Since moving to Colorado, I’ve had to think a lot about in-sur-ance (n.): a practice or arrangement by which a company or government agency provides a guarantee of compensation for specified loss, damage, illness, or death in return for payment of a premium; a thing providing protection against a possible […]


En-Gage: are students; are learners

We are always learning. We have to learn how to walk; learn how to talk; learn “how to” everything. learn (v.): gain or acquire knowledge of or skill in by study, experience, or being taught. We begin school and are introduced to teachers (n.): a person who teaches, especially in  […]

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En-gage: fa(h)r(en)

To travel (v.) is to labor; make a journey, typically of some length or abroad; to move or go from one place to another; to proceed or advance in any way. To travel (v.) is to toil. The notion of going on a difficult journey–any journey–in the Middle Ages was […]


En-gage: while

What do we merit? What are we worth–werth (adj.): good or important enough to justify; having a value; worth–werth (n.): excellence of character or quality; usefulness or importance, as to the world, to  a person, or for a purpose; value; merit. The definition of worth sounds positive. We’re describing something […]

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En-gage: en-ter

Each day we en-ter-tain (v.): provide (someone) with amusement or enjoyment; give attention or consideration to (an idea, suggestion, or feeling). People, ideas, suggestions, feelings; en-ter-taining is en-er-gy. When does the en-ter-taining stop? What about en-ter-taining ourselves? We wake up. We work 40-60 hours a week. We need to make […]


En-gage: Are you (co-co-)nuts?

I am al-ler-gic (adj.) to dair-y (adj.): containing or made from milk; Acidophilus milk  Ammonium Caseinate  Butter  Butter Fat  Butter Oil  Butter  Solids  Buttermilk  Buttermilk Powder  Calcium Caseinate  Casein  Caseinate  Cheese  Condensed Milk  Cottage Cheese  Cream  Curds  Custard  Delactosed Whey  Demineralized Whey  Dry Milk Powder  Dry Milk Solids  Evaporated Milk  […]

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En-gage: (dis)Connection

In a past life–and by that I mean last January–I taught English composition at a community college. On the first day, we went over homonyms: a word pronounced the same as another but differing in meaning, whether spelled the same way or not; heir, air. This was introduced on day one […]