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    Ok, then.

    Quite a day. Shadowed, took notes, memorized, met amazing people. Plus a walk with waterfalls, a covered bridge, and a swimming hole... and a glade with wild iris and lilies. I thought about ticks, but only in passing. Worked a bit in my studio. Got locked out of my apartment, need a new key.

    Tomorow, again. But first, back to poetry in the morning. That will be the work of the day. Before the other work of the day, which doesn't start until 1pm. Eating meals prepared by chefs is now part of my job, talking to residents. Maybe my first yoga class at 4:30pm. Where is it I have landed again? Lucky, counting stars, thinking about all the new edges of this word.

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    staff

    /stɑːf/

    noun

    1. a group of people employed by a company or organization

    2. attached to or provided for the staff of an establishment: a staff doctor

    3. the body of teachers or lecturers of an educational institution, as distinct from the students

    4. the officers appointed to assist a commander, service, or central headquarters organization in establishing policy, plans, etc

    5. a stick with some special use, such as a walking stick or an emblem of authority

    6. a supporting rod; shaft; a crosspiece in a ladder or chair, rung; a pivoted arbor

    7. something that sustains or supports: bread is the staff of life

    8. a pole on which a flag is hung

    9. a graduated rod or rule used in surveying, esp for sighting

    10. (music) Also called stave. System of horizontal lines grouped into sets of five upon which music is written.

    11. a mixture of plaster and hair used to cover the external surface of temporary structures and for decoration

    verb

    1. to provide an organization with staff (man, people, crew, occupy)

    origin

    Middle English staf, from Old English stæf; akin to Old High German stabstaff, Sanskrit stabhnāti “he supports;” Old English stæf "walking stick, strong pole used for carrying, rod used as a weapon" (also, in plural, "letter, character, writing," cf. stæfcræft "grammar"), from Proto-Germanic *stabaz (cf. Gothic *stafs "element;" Middle Dutch stapel"pillar, foundation"), from PIE root *stebh- "post, stem, to support, place firmly on, fasten" (cf. Old Lithuanian stabas "idol," Lithuanian stebas "staff, pillar;" Old Church Slavonic stoboru "pillar;" Sanskritstabhnati "supports;" Greek stephein "to tie around, encircle, wreathe," staphyle "grapevine, bunch of grapes;" Old English stapol "post, pillar").

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