Vol. 1 No. 4
January 31, 2005

Banner image was taken from deviantART.com member *Mary—jane, and is entitled "I Could Get Used to This."

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It has been a few weeks since the last edition came out, and for that I sincerely apologize. There has been much occupying my time, and I regret that my passion has had to take a backseat to it all. I bring you more of the same, and thankfully without all the holiday connections. Happy reading!


“Short is the joy that guilty pleasure brings.”

“It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.”
—Abraham Lincoln


JANUARY 31, 1940: Sixty-five year old Ida May Fuller becomes the first recipient of a social security check, in the amount of $22.54 (check number 00-000-001). She had paid into the social security system for three years, and before she passed away some 35 years later, she was receiving regular payments totaling nearly $22,000. She later observed: “It wasn't that I expected anything, mind you, but I knew I'd been paying for something called Social Security and I wanted to ask the people in [my home town] about it.” Source: www.ssa.gov.

FEBRUARY 5, 1631: Roger Williams, an important religious leader in colonial America, spent four years in the Massachusetts Bay colony before inflaming the Puritan oligarchy with his outspoken and colorful attacks on their stringent doctrines regarding religious dissension. Williams was banished from the colony and made his way south, where he established a settlement at the junction of two rivers near Narragansett Bay, located in present-day Rhode Island. He declared the settlement open to all those seeking freedom from the church’s involvement in civil affairs, thus attracting many dissatisfied Puritans. Taking the success of the settlement as a sign from God, Williams named the community “Providence.” Source: www.historychannel.com.

Memorize these by week's end and you shall quickly develop an enviable lexicon.

apocryphal (a-POK-ri-ful) adj.
of doubtful authenticity
spurious; false
(He lays claim to this parcel of land with an apocryphal deed)

celerity (se-LER-i-tee) noun
speed or rapidity of motion
(1. She speaks with great celerity. 2. The army moved toward its target with a celerity previously unimaginable.)

munificent (myoo-NIF-i-cent) adjective
liberal in giving or bestowing
characterized by great generosity
(1. Bill Gates is perhaps the most munificent individual in the world's history, having contributed billions of his own money to charities worldwide. 2 as a noun. She relied on the munificence of her father when she asked for a new pony)

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