One Word 2014

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  • http://afeastofcrumbs.com/ Emily

    Darkness: what a brave choice. I’d like to learn about my community and neighbors this year too, while even asking for the proverbial cup of sugar scares me. I want my neighbors to come knocking on my door, but not so much the other way around. Lots to think about here. Thanks Caris, and Happy New Year.

    • http://www.carisadel.com/ Caris Adel

      I’m really looking forward to summer and am giving myself a little reprieve until then. We’ve been trying to walk around the neighborhood some, and sit on the porch and say hi, and go to the playground after school and play. But it hasn’t happened a lot. And I”ve just noticed this week, since it’s christmas break, that there are a lot of kids around here out playing, so I”m hoping in the summer it’ll be a lot easier to send the kids out and have them play with the neighbors.

      • http://www.beautifulabominations.blogspot.com/ Liz Lossin

        I’m eager to take this journey with you, Caris! It’s funny…I’m more shy about posting comments online than talking to a stranger in person. You’re one of the very few that I comment to :-). Have a happy weekend!

        • http://www.carisadel.com/ Caris Adel

          aw, thanks. I’m glad you do!

  • Anna Wastell

    This is really good, Caris – I especially love this line: I think there is a lot to be gained by giving up our rightness and our power and trying to see things from the other person’s point of view,even if they make no sense. I’m looking forward to seeing where this word takes you this year. Thanks for sharing your heart here.

    • http://www.carisadel.com/ Caris Adel

      I started reading a couple books on the Civil War (sorry, War Between the States) and I was kind of scared when I realized I was empathetic with some of the southern arguments. So then I just quit reading them, ha.

  • Briana Meade

    Hi Caris, I like your choice of darkness–but my favorite part is that it came around again “twice” so that you knew it was the right word. That’s exciting in itself. It makes it all the more fun and interesting when THAT happens! I’m interested to see what this year ends up looking like for you!

    • http://www.carisadel.com/ Caris Adel

      I wanted so badly to be skeptical and say it was coincidence but I just knew in my gut it wasn’t.

  • Kristy Tolley

    I love your word and I love why you chose it! Great post!

    • http://www.carisadel.com/ Caris Adel


  • http://theantonymofdeliberate.blogspot.com/ Trischa

    I think that darkness is a great word to wrestle with. I am really looking forward to following where that wrestling takes you.

    (Also, did you read this? I know it is kind of the flip-side of your thoughts on darkness, but it was the first thing that came to mind when I saw your word. http://experimentaltheology.blogspot.com/2013/12/piss-christ-in-prison-unlikely-advent.html)

  • http://www.registeredrunaway.com/ Benjamin Moberg

    So jealous that I didn’t pick this word. As I said when Hannah told me her great word, I plan on absorbing this one within my Boundaries. Boom!

    • http://www.carisadel.com/ Caris Adel

      cheater! Actually I bet these do end up overlapping a lot. o_O

  • http://littledidsheknow.net/ Cara Strickland

    So exciting, Caris!

    • http://www.carisadel.com/ Caris Adel

      That’s one word for it….haha.