Sagebrush – any of several North American hoary composite subshrubs (genus Artemisia); especially a common plant (A. tridentata) having a bitter juice and an odor resembling sage and often covering vast tracts of alkaline plains in the western U.S.
Sage – to taste, have good taste, be wise; wise through reflection and experience; archaic: grave, solemn; proceeding from or characterized by wisdom, prudence, and good judgement; one (as a profound philosopher) distinguished for wisdom; a mature or venerable man of sound judgment; healthy; its use as a medicinal herb; a mint (Salvia officinalis) with grayish green aromatic leaves used especially in flavoring meats
Brush – scrub vegetation; land covered with scrub vegetation
When I see the word sagebrush, a connotation storm is evoked: western movies, herb gardens, bleak unpopulated landscapes. pretty purpled shapes in manicured suburbia, place names, book names, street names, cooking shows, thanksgiving dressing,….
As the storm’s bright sparks sink away, I am left with a question perhaps leading to many questions. In a lifetime of experience, one begins to associate one’s vocabulary with certain images linked with past experiences. Which must mean that one’s reaction to a word, or phrase, or thought, or story is directly linked with one’s previous experiences. This then, leads me to the thought that each of us must perceive something different when we partake of a story or we react to pretty much anything/everything.