It is the winter solstice and I want to recommend a terrific word game I just discovered–Syzygy (pronounced siz uh jee). Syzygy, I learned, is an astrological term for an alignment of celestial bodies. Lorraine Spiering, the woman responsible for Syzygy, says her favorite alignment is of the sun, earth and moon that create a full eclipse. Syzygy is a fast pace, exciting, back-and-forth game that involves arranging and rearranging and rearranging tiles to make words. You can play it alone or with up to 12 people. There are many variations, including theme playing, pass the book, or playing with children. If you love crossword puzzles, Scrabble, Boggle, etc. I am confident that you will flip over Syzygy! I am teaching a writing course next semester and I am going to start the class with a game a Syzygy as a warm-up exercise: writing, as we all know, is about words – – one word after another word after another word! You can check out Syzygy at www.ThatWordGame.com or call for information at 1-888-675-5176.