amy s. dalrymple

the whimsy and wonder of words

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Pet Peeve

ink drawing of a young girl walking a monster on a leash

Girl with Pet Peeve, Shari Ross (2017)

We’ve been talking about lost loves and lean bohemian days and fleeting beauty and all manner of fools, so I thought I’d lighten things up a bit. What better way to do so than with idioms, one of the best sources of linguistic amusement? Continue reading


fool tarot card, with woman wearing toga, standing atop a stone sculptrue, surrounded by birds an a red fox

Fool Tarot Card, from Shadowscapes Tarot by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law, photo by Amy S. Dalrymple (2017)

An ancient word, fool certainly hasn’t lost its luster in these turbulent times. It’s interesting to note that the current use of the word—as it is often hurled, often with good cause from various social media platforms—is much more derisive than the original usage. Continue reading

All the Green

road with trees and ferns

Road to Lake Crescent Lodge, Olympic Peninsula, Michael L. Dalrymple (2016)

Well, “all the green” is probably a lie, since there are likely more shades of green found in nature than any other color. If you don’t believe me, all you have to do is hop a plane to the Pacific Northwest on just about any day of the year, because there’s something about the clouds, the grey-ness, that simply illuminates the greens in a way that isn’t possible on a sunny day. Continue reading


pink buddha paiting with peeling paint

Pink Buddha Painting, Amy S. Dalrymple (2016)

Here’s a short one.  Wabi-sabi.  An old Japanese aesthetic value, wabi-sabi is not easily translated into English. A combination of once separate terms—wabi referring to an austere or empty beauty found in the solitude of nature, and sabi referring to the imperfect kind of beauty that comes with age—wabi-sabi has been a standalone aesthetic ideal since approximately the Middle Ages. Continue reading


brass ampersand necklace with jewelry stand

Brass Ampersand Necklace, Amy S. Dalrymple (2016)

This is my philosophy necklace. What, you might ask, does an ampersand symbol stamped in brass have to do with philosophy? Well, hearkening back to the good old days of undergraduate Symbolic Logic, I can tell you that and is a linking term used to join sentences. In my logic book and in my notes, the symbol used is an ampersand. Some people prefer a simple plus sign or perhaps a cute, inverted cursive E, but I’ve always loved ampersands. Continue reading


chartreuse with cordial glasses

Chartreuse with Cordial Glasses, Amy S. Dalrymple (2016)

Chartreuse. Most people think of this as the color halfway between green and yellow, or a long forgotten member of the 64-pack of Crayola crayons. It’s also one of the oldest herbal liqueurs and the only one that is naturally green in color. So you might think that the silent monks who bestowed this beloved elixir upon us named it after the color that it resembled, but actually, it’s the other way around—the color was named for the liqueur. Continue reading

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