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Symbolize Materialize!

I know that sounds somewhat Harry Potterish.  But I NEED A SYMBOL!

Let me back up.

I have always found the subject of symbolism fascinating.

Dove as a peace symbol


Venus (female)

Dollar sign

Olympic rings

I bet you know what they all stand for, right?  No?  Can’t quite place the last one?  (Hint: “Purple Rain”)  (Follow-up to preceding hint:  I would say that Prince is a strange character, but that would make me hypocritical after yesterday’s affirmation, so I won’t.)  Symbols are ubercool–instant communication without words.

Don’t ask me why, but for some reason I looked up “symbol” on, and here’s a sampling of what I got:

Symbol:  A friend added in Facebook strictly for use in a Facebook game.  ”I got several collectible tree gifts from my symbol friend.”

Symbol:  Superfly guy.  ”Symbol soars through the air hollerin’ with decked out 3′s and 7′s.”

Huh?  What?

Symbol demon:  Person who irritates everyone with cryptic symbols in his/her text messages.  ”Dude! Look at this message – ‘hey WRUD now…coming for DNR2NTE?….TLK2UL8R…CU L8R’ –  this guy is a symbol demon!”

Am I getting old?

After about twenty minutes, and wondering if nearly EVERY word in the English language really has some sexually explicit meaning, I left Urban Dictionary and went to, where a symbol is (a bit boringly defined after UD as) “a visible sign or representation of an idea; anything which suggests an idea or quality, or another thing, as by resemblance or by convention; an emblem; a representation; a type; a figure; as, the lion is the symbol of courage; the lamb is the symbol of meekness or patience; the golden eagle is a symbol of Neal.”  (Okay, that last part might not have been there.)

Finally, here’s the point of this posting:  I WANT A SYMBOL FOR THE BLOG.  Someone suggested Mr. Happy

… but he’s more of the mascot for the blog.  So help!  Give me a few suggestions for a symbol which will represent the focus of NealEnJoy: Exploring and Encouraging a Healthy Life Marked with Joy.

Thanks!  I look forward to reading about/seeing some of your suggestions ASAP.  I always love getting comments and ideas from you guys.

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