Glyph of the word 'lama'.


  • (v.) to make (refers to small things)
  • (n.) construction, making
  • (adj.) made, constructed, built, produced

Mata ei ka lama ia i…toyuku.
“I see that you’ve made…something.”


Today’s Caturday is bittersweet, as I am, sadly, without cat. :( I’m off away in the wilds of New Mexico, while Keli is at home with Erin. Before I left, though, I constructed her a little wall of books:

Keli beyond the Wall.

I imagine she’ll stay there for the duration of my absence.

Today’s word, though, really doesn’t apply to something like a wall (and its use in the sentence above is deprecatory). It really applies to something like handicrafts or trinkets—something that you make that can fit in the palm of your hand. I’m still not sure whether it would apply to biscuits… I know this is probably the first thing you thought of (biscuits are usually the first thing I think of when I hear the word “hand”), but the more complex the food, the more likely you’d use lama with it (provided the end result is handheld).

I’ll be returning tomorrow, but if you happen to be in Albuquerque and are reading this, come out to the Hyatt Regency around dinner time. I’ll be giving a talk there and we’ll be screening Episode 6 from last season of Game of Thrones. The cost is $5, but all the money is going to the local branch of the American Cancer Society, which is pretty cool.

Be sure to pet a cat today! The cat will likely appreciate it. :)

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2 Responses to “Lama”

  1. Ka kavaka Anthony Docimo ti:

    Keli’s probably thankful you didn’t give in to temptation and say “You shall not pass” or “Hannibal is at the gates” in regard to the picture. :D

    keep safe in the deserts.

  2. Ka kavaka David J. Peterson ti:

    Ha, ha! :)

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