Despite winning the Scrabble battle with the Ambassador last week (there will be a rematch, however, so I'm not crowing very loudly), several events occurred this weekend that made my faith in humanity tremble and almost collapse. The most saddening was the violence in the Maghreb and in other parts of the Middle East. As we are scheduled to serve in Tunis, Tunisia, for our next post as part of the Foreign Service, it was very scary to hear reports of billowing black clouds of smoke arising from the Embassy compound where my husband is scheduled to work. Worse, the rioters, who from an online video looked like bored hooligans with nothing better to do then tear down relationships and screw over their own environment, looted and then burned down the very international school that my son Maxwell would have attended for preschool. They even took the time to try to destroy the playground. The children were sent home only four hours earlier, and many of the children were not American at all. When you start going after kids and their schools, you lose the support of the entire world.
Our new US Ambassador to the Marshall Islands arrived and it turns out he is a hardcore Scrabble player. I, having recently and publicly declared myself ept (as opposed to inept) at Scrabble, am looking to boost my arsenal. Additionally, I am a firm proponent that we shouldn't let good words die just because no one else uses them, so I will be doing a series of posts . . . perhaps not all at once, but an ongoing chain . . . of words I find in the Scrabble dictionary that I want to resurrect in my vocabulary and in my writing. And use to beat the Ambassador, I won't lie. ::rubs hands together::
Sometimes they might be alphabetical, sometimes they'll be words I happen to come across randomly. Color will be thrown in for fun. Let the games begin!