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Food for Thought: Idea Forum & Potluck

Food for Thought Idea Forum & Potluck is a place to get inspired and share your mind. Join us each month at Eat My Words Bookstore in NE Minneapolis.

Instead of everyone reading the same book, everyone responds to the same topic through whatever media that resonates with them, like a backwards book club.

Share a reading from a book or talk about an experience (a memory, album, play, or movie) to connect with the month's topic. Or bring something new (perform a poem, sing a song, read some prose). Also: bring some food to share!

April's topic is SPIRIT:

1. the principle of conscious life; the vital principle in humans, animating the body or mediating between body and soul.
2. the incorporeal part of humans: present in spirit though absent in body.
3. the soul regarded as separating from the body at death.
4. conscious, incorporeal being, as opposed to matter: the world of spirit.
5. a supernatural, incorporeal being, especially one inhabiting a place, object, etc., or having a particular character: evil spirits.
6. a fairy, sprite, or elf.
7. an angel or demon.
8. an attitude or principle that inspires, animates, or pervades thought, feeling, or action: the spirit of reform.
9. (initial capital letter) the divine influence as an agency working in the human heart.
10. a divine, inspiring, or animating being or influence. Num. 11:25; Is. 32:15.
11. (initial capital letter) the third person of the Trinity; Holy Spirit.
12. the soul or heart as the seat of feelings or sentiments, or as prompting to action: a man of broken spirit.
13. spirits, feelings or mood with regard to exaltation or depression: low spirits; good spirits.
14. excellent disposition or attitude in terms of vigor, courage, firmness of intent, etc.; mettle: That's the spirit!
15. temper or disposition: meek in spirit.
16. an individual as characterized by a given attitude, disposition, character, action, etc.: A few brave spirits remained to face the danger.
17. the dominant tendency or character of anything: the spirit of the age.
18. vigorous sense of membership in a group: college spirit.
19. the general meaning or intent of a statement, document, etc. (opposed to letter): the spirit of the law.
20. Chemistry. the essence or active principle of a substance as extracted in liquid form, especially by distillation.
21. Often, spirits. a strong distilled alcoholic liquor.
22. Chiefly British. alcohol.
23. Pharmacology. a solution in alcohol of an essential or volatile principle; essence (def 3).
any of certain subtle fluids formerly supposed to permeate the body.
25. the Spirit, God.

26. pertaining to something that works by burning alcoholic spirits: a spirit stove.
27. of or relating to spiritualist bodies or activities.

verb (used with object)
28. to animate with fresh ardor or courage; inspirit.
29. to encourage; urge on or stir up, as to action.
30. to carry off mysteriously or secretly (often followed by away or off): His captors spirited him away.

31. out of spirits, in low spirits; depressed: We were feeling out of spirits after so many days of rain.

Origin of spirit
1200-12501200-50; Middle English (noun) < Latin spīritus orig., a breathing, equivalent to spīri-, combining form representing spīrāre to breathe + -tus suffix of v. action