Today’s Word: heartsome (adjective) –Heartsome (HAHRT-sum) means cheerful, spirited. As used by Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant in her 19thcentury novel Merkland: “The very look of them was heartsome in a house.”

 Did You Know?: One reason kittens (and other young animals) sleep so much is because some growth hormones are released only during sleep.

Worth Quoting: “We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.” – Mary Sarton

What I’m Reading Now: After enjoying Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, I couldn’t resist ordering a copy of 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, also by Yuval Noah Harari. This is a very different book. It’s not about how, over millennia, we came to be what we are. It’s about a specific cultural threat that we face right now. And that threat is the one suggested in Sapiens: that 21st century Homo sapiens face the threat of extinction because of advances in robotics, artificial intelligence, and neurobiology, to name a few. And these changes, Harari persuasively argues, will make contemporary men (i.e., us) less and less necessary.

Watch This: Techno Christmas Lights

I’m not a fan of disco or whatever this music is, and my taste in Christmas decorations is very traditional. But I am awed by the thought that some energetic techie went to all this trouble to make his house one of a kind.