focusing on words and literature

Focusing on Words

Our language is the primary tool we use to express our thoughts, ideas and opinions.

Words are the building blocks of our communication. The more clearly we communicate, the easier it is to accomplish our goals.
Having a formal education is not necessary to write well. In fact, most people improve their writing skills through reading and practice. It is our hope that this website will be a friendly guide to help you improve your wordsmithing skills.

Our Latest Words



Over 1,000 linguists have all agreed that the Congo/Bantu word “ilunga” is one of the hardest words to translate – if at all. Since 2004, people have attempted to convey this word’s meaning. The only way they have is through comparison with baseball’s principle of “three strikes and you’re out.” Essentially this word (roughly) translates [...]


It’s all about the inside…that’s where the poison

“It’s all about the inside…that’s where the poison or the sunshine lays.” Drew Barrymore


The Funeral by Band of Horses

South Carolina’s indie rockers Band of Horses know how to tune struggles to music. With Ben Bridwell, Tyler Ramsey, Ryan Monroe, Creighton Barrett, and Bill Reynolds in ear shot, listeners conjure elements of yesterday’s Neil Young, 1990s-era The Flaming Lips, and today’s Jim James from fellow indie band My Morning Jacket. Guitar drenched melodies, mellow [...]


Humility is the mother of giants. One sees great

“Humility is the mother of giants. One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak.” G.K. Chesterton


Come outside too by Tei-jo

Nakamura Tei-jo was one of the most prominent female poets within Ezu, Japan during the twentieth century. Her efforts to bring attention to women’s haiku writing via mass media with the journal Hototogisu. It was in this journal Tei-jo published her first collection of haiku and allowed her the experience necessary to advance to found [...]