WORDS can Heal!

As the designer and editor of Just4thespellofit.com, I want to take a moment to wish all the visitors to this site a very Happy Thanksgiving and Holiday Season. I know for some this time of year can be extremely stressful. If you live in a part of the world where the temperatures are cold, and the atmosphere is dreary during the winter months, it is not unusual for us as humanoids to take on anxious or even depressive traits. Although I have lived in the Midwest most of my life and have experienced extreme weather changes from Summer to Winter, I really should move to a warmer, brighter climate. I have been known to get the winter blues (mostly grey!) that has led to depression and woe is me thoughts. However, what has turned me around are the WORDS of my brother Gary Moss.
About 7 or 8 years ago, I posted on Facebook how sad and lonely I felt as my husband and my youngest adult son sat in the other room. As I wrote this post, the tears were streaming down my face as I sobbed silently. I was looking for someone to rescue me from my sadness and lonely feelings. It just so happens Gary read this and called me and as a big brother should, put me in my place. He reminded me not to depend on anyone else for my happiness and especially do not count on the weather in Cleveland, Ohio. His words and the tone of his voice made me observe myself from the inside out. I was the only obstacle in this WOE is ME! I had to change and create the sunshine, where I thought there was none.
This did not happen immediately, or overnight either, it has taken time. Still, when I feel myself slipping into that whirlwind of depression, I remember his WORDS, “STOP FEELING SORRY FOR YOURSELF. IT IS UP TO YOU TO MAKE TODAY A GOOD DAY.” Since that holiday time 7 or 8 years ago I find something special to celebrate either alone or with others. I find the shards of happiness and let them glisten in the dull light of winter and remember the day where crying and whining searching for help was given with WORDS. Not just WORDS but COMPASSION, AWARENESS, and LOVE!
Use your WORDS and make a BINGO in someone’s life!

Sad Day

Professor David Gibson

On the evening of November 22, the world of competitive Scrabble, and in fact the world in general, lost a very great man, Professor David Gibson. Earning the Scrabble national championship on several occasions, and winner of the Scrabble All-Stars on ESPN, this mathematics teacher, pianist, and husband was always humble about his achievements. Those of us who were truly fortunate enough to know him, will miss him greatly. Many words of praise from multiple people will no doubt follow. Services will commence at 11 AM on Saturday, November 30, at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Spartanburg, SC.
I first met David in one of his first scrabble tournaments in the early 90s in Cleves, Ohio. He was such a gentleman and a giant in the game of scrabble. His Scrabble achievements will last forever whenever a player is “Gibsonized.” (when near the end of a tournament a player is so far ahead of the rest of the division that he/she cannot be caught.)
David was 68 years old.

“Life is Like a Box of Chocolates”

My mama always said, life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get. Well, maybe my mama didn’t say it, but per Forrest Gump, those were the words his mother offered up to him.  My Yiddisha Mom, aka, Baube, DeVasha, Dorothy, or Dotty had her own sayings that sometimes could be quite comical.  The words of my mom and pops I believe steered me into the direction of WORDS, hence the game of Scrabble™ .
Just like a box of chocolates we are often surprised with what is in the center of these candies of life.
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