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mid-week Connect: 2/9/24 ~ Gloaming across cultures

Greetings and Happy Midweek!

And it’s February already, so let’s enjoy another Word Connect today.  We do this once each month to remind ourselves that words do totally connect us cross-culturally and in so many other ways.  Our exploration of this week’s word fits right into the Transformations dimension of our Global SKILLs PROACTive, since our brief exploration might just begin to transform our understanding of the word! [**]

Today’s word: “Gloaming” is a very old word based on the Old English root “glōm,” meaning “twilight.”  

I have a vivid memory of how my Jola friends used to indicate when twilight would begin. They would raise a straight arm pointing west and then lower it to the treetops just on the horizon. They would then say something to the effect of twilight begins “balaab ma” which means “when the sun is there”. This is called by others the “magic hour”, when  golden sunlight bathes the landscape and winks between the trees on its way to sunset. Many cultures worship within their spiritual traditions at this hour, and other people groups celebrate by gathering and eating and drinking and being merry!

What does this have to do with cross-cultural communications? I hope we all have had the pleasure to experience the gloaming of a day, when yes - “balaab ma”.  Words take on their meaning in many ways, and as we move across cultures, we can learn words in their kaleidoscope of  contexts - like experiencing a gloaming moment. This in turn can lead us more deeply into other perspectives and practices and, in that process, actually transform us as well.

How about for you ~ what’s a transformative gloaming moment you cherish?

Share about that with a friend or note it here. 

And check out the Global SKILLs LINKs below for more on this very old and very richly meaningful word.

Thanks for being part of this Connect community.

Until next week,



~ The Word: [online definition]

Over the course of its long history, “gloaming” has been pronounced differently — at one time, the term was pronounced “glooming.” (The word “gloom” is also based on the Old English “glōm.”) “Gloaming” — describing light dying out — is also related to the word “glow,” with nearly the opposite meaning. Both words share the root “glō,” which is the basis of “glow,” and suggests “gloaming” should be specifically defined as the time when lights still glow as dusk descends.

~ fascinating interdisciplinary study on related “gl” words in English (glitter, etc): 


* Related Connects - previous words we’ve had fun with (scroll down to find these here by date): (8/2/23); Hirsute / Hair (9/7/23); Laissez-Passer (6/7/23); Lizards (2/1/23); Mien (4/5/23); Remote (10/4/23); Slang (3/8/23); Tapestry (1/4/23)  

** Through my business Global SKILLs and several partner subsidiaries I offer unique cross-cultural consulting and training including: (which we explored this week)

3 Dimensional Dynamics Model:  1st dimension = HOME ; 2nd dimension = HOST ; 3rd dimension = HARBOR) 

PROACTive Framework:                                                                                                        

PRO = PROfile, PROcess, PROgram

ACT = Application, Collaboration and Transformation

~ contact me for more information on this model and these strategies and how you might use them in your current programming: 

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