My friend Kate has sent me a new toy — Check out Wordle. Here is my first try.  This application, created by by Jonathan Freiberg, creates what he calls “word clouds” out of text you provide.

What, my husband asks, are they good for?

Quite a bit. Use the images as collage elements. Print them onto fabric. They create something vibrant and fun out of sometimes mundane thoughts. And, since the program will remove common terms and give greater emphasis to words it sees more frequently in the original text, it can give you insight into what you may have really been thinking when you wrote the piece.

You’ve just gotta try it!