Why Lemony?
(the “About Me” page)

January 17, 2004

What's a webble?

Well I have go and mess with things, and if I'm going to do this weblog thing, first of all it needs a new nickname. 'Blog' is not offensive to me, its just not me. If I looked up blog in the dictionary, I'm sure it would look somethings like: blog /blohg/ v. 1. to hit someone over the head with a bludgeon, n. 2. a common caveman name. It doesn't sound fun, it sounds dark and slightly monsterish. So I took 'weblog' and took off the end instead, then added a b and an e for good measure so it sounds like english and so it can be conjugated easily (webbling, webbled).

So, happy webbling to you all.

Posted by Bahiyyih at January 17, 2004 01:06 AM

Dear Bahiyyih,

What an honor it is to be present at the coining of a new word.

Webblingly yours,

- Scott

Posted by: Scott at January 17, 2004 12:09 PM


At the risk of sounding gushy, I want to say that I am so inspried, inpriesded, inspired by your efforts to make life beautiful and magical and special. I think that this is your special Gemini gift, and as a fellow Gemini, I feel that I appreciate this 'specially.

I love the dictionary game. I mean I just made up what I think are the rules to it. It is such a great way to share what's in the (hilarious, absurd, silly, true-on-another-planet)recesses of our minds and hearts.

Ever since I got Husayn's email I have been thinking about the word "blog", so it is so cool that you explained your feelings about it. I think of "blog" as connected to "bog" which makes me think of the series of poems written by Seamus Heaney called Bog People, and they're actually kinda really sad, and then I think "thug" and "block" and "ugh" and "bug" and "augh" and there she gos, slidin' into oblivion!

I like webble, 'cause it sounds very conversational, and approachable, like dribble and pebble, but kind of pattering also, and with the "web" element behind it, expansive, and vast. Rony, my kids' dad, used to call a rocking chair a "wiggle chair", which I found hilarious (though later I found that it is a direct translation from the Flemish--"wiebelstoel", so I felt a little ashamed...) Anyway, webble also reminds me of "wiggle".

I forgot to tell you that I talked to the LSA about the issue that I was 100% certain that they would NOT understand. Everyone on the Assembly understood, each in his/her own way. The whole group was united in their compassion and more supportive and genuinely kind than I could ever have imagined... It turns out that it was I who did not understand. (Sigh!)

I am going to try to come to choir. I joined Parkland Chorus and it is da bomb! I am so hooked on singing.

I know what you mean about art. It is so seductive. I think that we have this idea that you have to have this invitation to the Art Party in order to be able to go inside and have some fun, so we stay outside with our faces plastered against the window. Now I am starting to believe that the door is always always open.

I have been messing around with the book "The Artist's Way," and am finding it helpful. More on this later.

Love you,


Posted by: Debbie at January 17, 2004 01:58 PM

Dear Debbie,

You are SO wonderful. This strikes me every time I see or hear from you. Debbie is SO wonderful. I need to see her more often.

We have a lot of fun in choir, so do come play with us, we'll love it.

Yes, I say its about time we put on some ourselves costumes and crashed that art party and wow them all with our stunning rendition of "The Rhyming Song" (Billy and I will sing it for you when you come to choir) or some other classic. Lets do it.

I'm glad you like 'webble'. Its so much fun to play with words and make them your own. Life just seems so much more accessible once language becomes interesting and friendly. Suddenly I want to speak.

Posted by: Bahiyyih at January 18, 2004 08:48 AM

Dear Scott,

Thanks for writing. You can probably tell us all about language change. So do. I'd love to hear more.

Posted by: Bahiyyih at January 18, 2004 08:51 AM

Hi Bahiyyih Nilaja!

Thanks for making up a new word for web-logs! I never liked "blog" either, probably because I couldn't imagine enjoying something that was "blah" from the get-go.

Happy Webbling!
Christian Olumiji

Posted by: Christian at January 19, 2004 01:39 PM

Thnaks for visiting me Olumiji! Come webble again!

Posted by: Bahiyyih at January 20, 2004 02:03 AM

Oo-o-o-o. Like that Bahiyyih Nilaja. It's music!

Posted by: Susan Engle at January 20, 2004 08:18 PM

Hooray for all these funny, beautiful souls!

Posted by: Layli Elena at January 20, 2004 09:00 PM