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    Such an easy word to mouth. Can you spare some change? I pick up random pennies for luck (yes, and sing the little song) every day, wantonly superstitious––this group was sitting on my desk from maybe the last week alone. change::luck. Perhaps I could spare some now; it's like I have been hoarding it.

    They say our bodies are recreated every seven years––each of us a totally changed person. Our white blood cells live on average a year: on a cellular level, whatever you pump through your heart and lungs will echo and circulate for months. I am six months into my newest cycle. Six and a half more years to become whoever I am becoming.

    Reading quotes is almost as much fun as researching words. I could do it for half an hour every day––bathe in gleanings. Search for quotes on change, you'll run into 1,000s, since (as they say) it is the only constant. Here are a few I find compelling today:

    “The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” ― Albert Einstein

    “True life is lived when tiny changes occur.” ― Leo Tolstoy

    “And all the lives we ever lived and all the lives to be are full of trees and changing leaves.” ― Virginia Woolf

    “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” ― Lao Tzu

    “A bend in the road is not the end of the road…Unless you fail to make the turn.” ― Helen Keller

    “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”

    ― R. Buckminster Fuller

    “Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled "This could change your life.” ― Helen Exley

    “All your life you're yellow. Then one day you brush up against something blue, the barest touch, and voila, the rest of your life you're green.” ― Tess Callahan

    And my recent favorite, by Haruki Murakami, “When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”





    1. make or become different.

    synonyms: alter, make/become different, adjust, adapt, amend, modify, revise,refine; reshape, refashion, redesign, restyle, revamp, rework, remodel, reorganize, reorder; vary, transform, transfigure, transmute, metamorphose, evolve; tweak, doctor, rejig

    antonyms: preserve, stay the same

    • make or become a different substance entirely; transform;

    • alter in terms of.

    • (of traffic lights) move from one color of signal to another.

    • (of the moon) arrive at a fresh phase; become new.

    2. take or use another instead of.

    synonyms: exchange, substitute, swap, switch, replace, alternate, interchange

    antonyms: keep

    • move from one to another. ("they've changed places")

    • move to a different train, airplane, or subway line.

    • give up (something) in exchange for something else.

    • remove (something dirty or faulty) and replace it with another of the same kind.

    • put a clean diaper on (a baby or young child).

    • engage a different gear in a motor vehicle.

    • exchange (a sum of money) for the same amount in smaller denominations or in coins, or for different currency.

    • put different clothes on.


    1. the act or instance of making or becoming different.

    • the substitution of one thing for another. (exchange, substitution, swap, changeover)

    • an alteration or modification. (variation, revision, amendment, adaptation)

    • a new or refreshingly different experience.

    • a clean garment or garments as a replacement for clothes one is wearing.

    • informal menopause. (the change)

    • the moon's arrival at a fresh phase, typically at the new moon.

    2. coins as opposed to paper currency.

    synonyms: coins, loose/small change, silver

    • money given in exchange for the same amount in larger denominations.

    • money returned to someone as the balance of the amount paid for something.

    3. an order in which a peal of bells can be rung.


    Middle English: from Old French change (noun), changer (verb), from late Latincambiare, from Latin cambire ‘barter,’ probably of Celtic origin.

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