Born to be Wild – The Alphabet Series Continues with Letter W

Born to be WildTurabbit makes another appearance, this time on his motorcycle, cruising along to Born to be Wild. Thanks Erin Feldman for giving our Turabbit a new look! Wow:)

And speaking of rabbits, er wabbits, Bill Dorman chimed in with this: “Wow, that weally wonderful….oh wait, W’s are next, huh? Well, my willfulness to withdraw from the women of Wal-Mart leaves a feeling of weakness of my worth as I wrongfully think work will win me wabbits. Wow………”

To which Ralph Dopping added: “Guess who my favourite Loony Tunes character is, “Be vaa-we quiet, we are hunting wabbits.” “Ohhhh….that waskaly wabbit.”

But let’s move away from wabbit power, to take a look at Jayme Soulati‘s thought that the letter W is the Woman power letter (which I believe she aptly demonstrated in her recent video here )

But I must confess (and I’m sure it’s going to get me into some hot water here…hey, another W word…water. But I’ll come back to that:)

I have mixed feelings about the whole “women being classified into a group”, which often sits at one or the other end of the spectrum: impoverished, held-back, glass-ceiling stuff, OR high achievement, made-it-in-a-man’s world stuff.

Gini Dietrich pointed out a really interesting article in the Atlantic entitled “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All” by Anne-Marie Slaughter.

Anne-Marie Slaughter says:  “It’s time to stop fooling ourselves, says a woman who left a position of power: the women who have managed to be both mothers and top professionals are superhuman, rich, or self-employed. If we truly believe in equal opportunity for all women, here’s what has to change. [check out the article to see what she says has to change]

Will things change? I remember a professor I had in university in the 70’s who said we were the generation who would make athletic coaching in Canada a viable profession. It’s 2012, and that’s still not happening to the degree it should. I would say that the “feminist movement”, and where we are today, rings similarly. Are we really where we intended to be…where we want to be? I’ll let you chew that around, and please chime in.

But coming back to Water, as suggested by Barbara Klein. Here’s what Barbara had to say about water: “My “W” word: water, where would we be without it? It is our world’s most precious resource and we keep wasting it. Just think of the prevailing heat wave and how much is being destroyed because of the lack of it. And some company tries to monopolize it to increase their shareholder value. This is why I am going to enjoy a glass of white wine now!”

See how she snuck that white wine in there too? 😉

Two rhyming W words were submitted by Hajra Khatoon and Michelle Quillin for Winning, and Sharon Gilmour-Glover for Willing.

Michelle said: “W…hmm…I really can’t think of any that are business-related. The only word that comes to mind is “winning,” as Hajra suggested, but Charlie Sheen has given “winning” a whole new meaning! I keep seeing his wild eyes as he announced to the camera that he’s “WINNING!” while the rest of the world was thinking, “What’s happened to Charlie Sheen?”

How about “wisdom”? The wisdom we need, the wisdom we share, the wisdom we earn — often the hard way!”

I believe that Wisdom is a most-Winning word:)

Sharon says we need to be Willing to embrace what comes our way, with open arms…to be open to change, hurdles and success.

And a Willingness to do so will create what Mark Harai calls a Win-Win. Mark says a WIN/WIN philosophy in business leads to long term, profitable relationships. And, I will add, Win-Win outcomes.

Adam Toporek and Lori Gosselin both submitted the 5 W’s: Who, What, Where, When and Why, because, in Adam’s words  “it’s important to know the facts before taking action” and, in Lori’s words, “they’re pretty important in business”.

Carolyn Nicander-Mohr chimed in with “Wonder and Watermelon. Wonder has so many different nuanced meanings, both good and bad, that it’s a winning word. Watermelon is my favorite fruit. Is anyone going to say “Winter”? Noooooo…no winter! Our two minutes of summer in Canada has arrived, and Winter conjures up images of snow, snow and more snow! [and if you didn’t click on that Noooooo, go do so now. You won’t be disappointed;)]

Jack Steiner always makes me think, but this time didn’t make me look up in the dictionary his word, Wayzgoose. Being a Canuck, I thought it had to do with Canada geese or something…and then found out it could!

Our Queen of Alliteration, Vidya Sury, took a Wee break this week, so I’ll end with Ralph‘s alliterated submission (I do believe he’s competing for Vidya’s crown, haha!)

“Wondering while wandering and whistling wakes wonderment in wonderful waves of wanting…..or taking a walk and enjoying the day makes me think about how great things are.”

Wowza, We’re Wandering next to Letter X. What will you submit for letter X? (and remember…we’re a G-rated site here, haha!)

P.S. Our Queen of Alliteration came in this morning with her weaving of words, so although it missed post time, I could not possibly leave it out. Here it is, and thanks Vidya!

“Finally. Here I am.

WayWard, Worn, Wan, Wretched

Weary With Writing Work, Waiting for my Wages,

Woeful Wannabe is me,

Wistfully Watching Wonderful Wise Witty Wordplay,

Waving, Wanting to Wander in as World Whirrs by,

Whipping up in its Wake, Wings of Wonder

WoW is my WatchWord!


In Warm Weather or Winter,

the Wraithlike Waif of a Woman,

Warden of the World, Wearing White Wool from her Wardrobe,

Weaves a Wide Web of Words and Wagers,

Watching With Warped Wisdom,

Wryly Witnessing Wild Wrestling Weasels at War,

Wrangling, Wondering, Wringing her Wrists,

Who Will be the Whistling Winners?

Well, While Wading or Wallowing in a Well or Waist high Wash Water

Without a Weapon Was Wont to Weaken,

Were the Walls Winking?

Or Wicked Wobbly Witches Wailing Wagging and Wheedling?

Would We Wish and Want to Wave a Wand over the Wounds and Weals of the Warriors?

Will it be Worth it?

When Worn out, Wet, Wedged in a Whirling Waterfall

and Whisked away by Whispers

Will you Walk With me Willingly Without Wavering,

Worrying as We Wander in the Woods?

Will you Waive my Wrongs?

Whether it is Whopping  Whale,  a Wrought iron Wok With Wheat on a Wicker,

a  Wallflower, Whatever,

A Wrangling Writer can Wisely Whip up a Wiki

and Wind it all up With Wire,  Without
Wasting a Word

Winging it through the What Why When or Who.

The Wheel Whirls by!


Watch the Wick and Wish for Wine o’clock

*Wink* !


  • The JackB

    Woe to the wastrel of words who waters the woods with reckless impunity and wee winks of wisdom.

    • Kaarina Dillabough

       I do believe that’s a blog post theme/title @TheJackB:disqus . I’d like to see you weave words of wisdom on that topic, with the “woods” representing the “social”/online world. Will you write it? 😉 Cheers! Kaarina

      • The JackB

        Perhaps. All things are possible.

        • Kaarina Dillabough

           I wait with bated breath:)

  • Ralph Dopping

    Hi Kaarina, thanks for sharing my words here. Appreciated. The letter X is such a challenge and unfortunately my vocabulary rarely includes words that begin with X. I might need a little Xanax (a palindrome to boot) to keep calm or a dictionary to search through (the Websters hard cover we have only has two pages – cheated, yep). 

    I am not going to steal the easy ones. Well, except maybe one. x-ceptional. Ok, maybe one more x-perienced……;-)

    All I know is that I would never want to be referred to as xenon…..ha. Have a great day!

    • Kaarina Dillabough

       Thanks @twitter-229922134:disqus . Thanks for starting off the X party! Cheers! Kaarina

  • Erin Feldman

    It’s the Turabbit to the rescue! Let’s hope he doesn’t need an x-ray after his wild ride. 😉

    I’m still pondering The Atlantic article. I’m already working on a post about the whole “balance” thing, but the quote you mention has made me think about other things. For me, the irony arises from the fact that women are told they can have it all. When they try and fail or try and succeed, they’re either marked as failures by the “successful” ones, the steps they’ve taken to be successful are decried by either the mothers or the gung-ho entrepreneurs and Fortune 500 businesswomen, or, if they’re successful, they’re set on some sort of pedestal that no “mere” woman could ever achieve. It seems like – and I could be wrong – that we set women up to fail more often than we set them up to succeed.

    Umm…how about Xanadu? That’s the only “x” word that’s coming to mind at the moment.

    • Kaarina Dillabough

       X-ray and Xanadu will be included @ErinFeldman:disqus , and thanks again for creating the Born to be Wild Turabbit.

      Lots to think about from the Atlantic article. Gini and I are going to be writing posts about it and comparing notes as well. One thing seems clear: dammed if we do and dammed if we don’t. Hmmmmm….cheers! Kaarina

  • Life, for instance

    Hi Kaarina, Wonderful job with the “W”! It seems you have a community of alliteration pros here. Wow! 
    Like Erin, I delved into The Atlantic article. Will be watching what you post about it Erin – tag me so I don’t miss it, okay? 
    I haven’t a clue about the “X” words either! 😮 I shall have to GOOGLE it. Okay, I found Xanthous, challenging to use in a business post as it means:

      “Of the color intermediate between green and orange in the color spectrum; of something resembling the color of an egg yolk”

    but very useful if you want to dazzle your friends with your vocabulary while describing something as ordinary as an egg yolk.

    I can’t wait to see what Vidya and Ralph come up with for the letter X. And You too, Jack!


    • Kaarina Dillabough

       Xanthous…thanks @twitter-228904159:disqus , I’ve never heard of the word. But it will sure be fun to include in the post. Re: The Atlantic article…Gini and I will be chatting about it when we meet up in Toronto later this month, and will plan also to write our thoughts about it. Will keep you posted. Cheers! Kaarina

  • Vidya Sury

    I just got over the guilt. Thank you very much, Kaarina!

    @Erin That Turrabit is SWEET! I am mentally adding the gloves and boots. 😀 

    I promise not to be late for the X words. I am sharpening my mental Xylus. I am sorry I have to run away…I mean ‘Xit!

    Like Schwarzenegger, I will be back tomorrow!

    • Kaarina Dillabough

       Thanks @vidyasury:disqus : it was my pleasure to include your W’s:) I’ll post X on Monday July 23rd, so everyone who has X words…bring ’em on. Cheers! Kaarina

  • Adam Toporek

    Wow. What wonderful wordsmiths wax willingly here.

    • Kaarina Dillabough

       x-actly! oops @twitter-223833082:disqus , I’m early with the X word. Do you have one for next week’s X post? Cheers! Kaarina

  • Soulati

    OK, that Vidya is the bomb; woman power at its finest. Just kidding. I agree with that woman who wrote — I’m super human and self-employed and rich with love from my kidlet. What’s that say when I’m also a single mother by choice? Hmm, super human?

    Thanks for the double link love, Kaarina! And, Ms. Erin Feldman? A cartoonist soon to be famous? That’s also way cool. Did you see @BillDorman:disqus video this weekend? He snuck it in on Saturday thinking we’d not notice how waw it was…I mean raw. 

    X? Xerxes of course that ancient king of Persia.

    • Kaarina Dillabough

       X is giving me a whole new vocab @soulati:disqus , you Wonder Woman super-human you. And I LOVED the good-ol’fashioned #TeamBlogJack over at your place. Let’s Skype sometime: I’d like that:) Cheers! Kaarina

  • Gini Dietrich

    I just wrote a blog post for PR Daily on that Atlantic article. I think it’s about changing the conversation (can we go back to the C blog post and add this) and less about why we can’t have it all. Company leaders should be more concerned with results and less with hours worked. I fall into that latter trap sometimes…I’m a typical entrepreneur so, if I have my work done, I find more to do and end up working 80 hours a week. But if I gave myself a break and focused solely on the results I need to achieve in a given week, I’d work more like 45-50.

    • Kaarina Dillabough

       Where’s the link to the PR Daily blog post @ginidietrich:disqus ? Enquiring minds must know.

      Time and money are like water: they fill voids to overflowing sometimes. When I was young(er), I used to cram every spare moment with work. Now, I press pause more frequently, so I can enjoy the ride and the view. I remember the days when I was the youngest president of a sport governing body in an arena full of men over the age of 55. It was a time of proving oneself and staying afloat to “have it all”. Although those days are past, some remnants linger on.

      I look forward to reading your post: link please. I’ll be doing a follow-up piece as well, and it looks like @ErinFeldman:disqus will be tackling it too.

      Thanks for dropping in and commenting. 10 more sleeps:) Cheers! Kaarina

      • Gini Dietrich

        It hasn’t run yet!

        • Kaarina Dillabough

           Way to be a tease:)

      • Erin Feldman

        I need to think through that article some more, but I probably will tackle the overarching topic and some of the other ones, such as balance.

  • Al

    Another Wonderful job, my friend.  Willing or Willingness would be my word.  I love Erin’s drawing and Vidya is just, plain awesome. WOW !

    Luv ya.


    • Kaarina Dillabough

       Luv ya too @55bda8bf067c222f67632d2dc41af473:disqus :) Now where’s that X word? 😉 Cheers! Kaarina

  • Hajra

    Ok, after seeing what Vidya wrote, it really doesn’t make sense to talk any further. I am sure she will come with something much more mind blowing! :)

    But when it comes to x words, in business or anywhere else, one does need to xenodochial and xenial! 

    Erin’s illustration is absolutely hilarious! :)

    • Kaarina Dillabough

      Thanks @hajrak:disqus . I’m thinking we’ll have to encourage @ErinFeldman:disqus to come up with a Turabbit for Z. Cheers! Kaarina

      • Erin Feldman

        Only if you all help with devising an idea. All I can think is “zebra,” and I just can’t seem to make that work…

        • Kaarina Dillabough

           We’ll talk @ErinFeldman:disqus . I’ve already got some ideas percolating about Turabbit, Mark of Zorro, as well as that Honourary Canadian badge. Will email:)

          • Erin Feldman

            A Turabbit with a sword? Heehee. :)

          • Kaarina Dillabough

             Yes, and a cape and a mask and the Z:)

          • Erin Feldman

            I think I’ll have him carve “Zee End” onto a wall or something. 😀

          • Kaarina Dillabough


  • Michelle Quillin

    That Atlantic article was excellent, Kaarina and Gini.

    I think most of us, whether we have children or not, want to “have it all” —  just in different ways. But the truth is, none of us will ever “have it all.” We have to choose — sometimes day-to-day — what is most important to us, and then do everything we can to make decisions  that will bring those things to bear in our lives. 

    I think Gini’s right — we need to change the conversation.

    • Kaarina Dillabough

       Thanks, @michellequillin:disqus , for chiming in on the Atlantic article. I’m going to ponder a post on that. Cheers! Kaarina

  • Carolyn Nicander Mohr

    Hi Kaarina, How lovely that Turabbit made another appearance here today!

    I have to agree with Barbara, the power of water is being felt dramatically worldwide as the US seems to have too little of it this summer while Europe is experiencing record wetness! 

    My X word is xylitol, a sugar substitute with many benefits! 

    I love the NO button. I’m going to use that with my kids! :-)

    • Kaarina Dillabough

       Isn’t the nooooo button a hoot @wonderoftech:disqus ? And thanks for the X word. Hopefully we’ll see the Turabbit at least once more before the series ends. Are you listening @ErinFeldman:disqus ? Cheers! Kaarina

      • Erin Feldman

        I’m listening. :)

        • Kaarina Dillabough

           @ErinFeldman:disqus I do believe we need the Turabbit to make a final appearance on letter Z. Are you up for a zesty zinger of a Turabbit?

          • Erin Feldman

            I certainly will do my best to be.

          • Kaarina Dillabough

             I think a Z Turabbit is in the works!

  • Bill Dorman

    Whoa, what a wonderful, wacky post. I’m so xcited I didn’t need my x-ray vision to read this xhilarating, x-rated post. I’m certainly no xenophobe when I visit my Canadian buddy’s post, now am I? Will wonders never cease.

    It will be interesting to see what kind of x words you come up w/ next so I will try to keep my XXX mind out of the gutter to make a contribution.

    How about, how were your results? They were so good, they were bigger than large. How large? XXL, how’s that for big?

    Great series ma’am; now I’m xhausted…………..

    • Kaarina Dillabough

       Awesome X’s while avoiding the XXX @twitter-34985693:disqus . I’d actually had something written at the end of the post re: letter X, but removed it, figuring it might attract a totally different crowd, eegads. Cheers! Kaarina

  • Barbara Klein

    What richness in the letter W, I love the Turabbit and at the end of I am left with my chin dropping, Vidya with her lovely gift of words!

    Any Xenophobes here? I hope not! And did they play the xylophone in Xanadu? Pretty dry desert here for X words.

    So sad, there are only three letters remaining … 

    • Kaarina Dillabough

       I know @BarbaraKlein:disqus . I’m sensing the end of the alphabet, and I will certainly miss the series. I must put on my thinking cap to decide…what next? Cheers! Kaarina

  • Mark Harai

     Simply brilliant… What a list of “W” words, eh Kaarina?

    Such intelligent contributions too… I have a much greater appreciation for “W” words now, that’s for sure : )

    Kudos Kaarina!

    • Kaarina Dillabough

       Thanks @markharai:disqus :)

  • Howie at Sky Pulse Media

    You forgot Wascally. Wabbit. Which is totally what Winny Wietrich is. I mean @ginidietrich:disqus 

    • Gini Dietrich

      Oh jeez.

  • Susan Silver

    I missed W, but X marks the spot. Contributing xylopyrography, the act of burning pictures into wood. I admit that I found this via a Google search for words starting with X. But still pretty neat find. A word that I do know, but dislike, Xenophobic. 

    • Kaarina Dillabough

       Thanks so much @ssilver:disqus , both for teaching me a new word and adding to the X words. They will be included. Thanks! Cheers! Kaarina

  • Vidya Sury

    No xcuse, no xplanation.
    I might need Xerox to produce more words starting with X.
    Even I am xhausted
    Should I xtol the virtues of xerxes? 
    or the xciting xodus?
    xplore xpedia or the x-files?
    xtreme measures?
    recall biology with xiphiidae, xylem, xanthum?
    go to xanadu with xcalibur?
    xcessively xtreme!
    xtra xpectations…
    xonerate me. I ‘xit before i’m xpelled  the great xodus
    my xylograph rests.

    • Kaarina Dillabough

       Wow. Just wow:) Cheers! Kaarina

    • Susan Silver

      Cannot believe I forgot Xanadu. Great word.

      • Vidya Sury

        I was thinking of Mandrake the Magician 😀

      • Kaarina Dillabough