Category: zygoma


Blog # 12


Alleluya : Hallelujah



As often happened, the path I’ve followed was dictated by unforeseen circumstances which proved to be intended. Such is the case with , “completion” blog # 12 .

Entry # 8, “a coincidental neologism” , required so much time due to its spirituality, a departure from the orderly chronological progression of my story’s medical events, I realized additional spiritual entries would defer covering the origin of the anatomic term zygoma, the origin of alphabetic A , and the origin of vowels , all of which I considered paramount, so I returned to the story’s sequence with entry’s 9,10, and 11 but couldn’t go further no matter how hard I tried. I reread my blog site a dozen times trying to make the next entry when Atlas , I discovered in blog entry # 6, “The Coming Out” , one of the last reasons I was able to publicly proclaim my faith was a dream which erased lingering periodic uncertainty of God. I didn’t reveal the dream then because I had no proof of the dream’s meaning, just intuition, and I had not yet shown the enormous evidence of the validity of my zygoma story’s intuition in similar circumstance. While trying to decide what to do , I pulled up notes of the recorded dream which convinced me to enter it now, despite insufficient “proof” of my conclusions. That accepted, “ completion” comes next. Once again my direction changed , my impasse removed, and the chronologic sequence of my story interrupted.



I see the LI O HT!  (1)

Halleluyah Alleluyah

Before bed, 1:30 AM , I thumbed the Bible stopping in Joshua , first verse. After Moses death, the Lord spoke unto Joshua, Moses’ minister and told him to lead his people across the Jordan and take the land He promised them on the other side. God said don’t be afraid, be BOLD and STRONG, I will be with you and you will take the land.
I fell asleep after the first verse but awoke completing a dream about researching zygoma. With the help of a young librarian with card catalogues,a tall goofy “professor type” with long hair came up wanting to know all about my interest in such a peculiar word. Overcome with enthusiasm , he could hardly control himself, and his eagerness to know what I discovered. I was reluctant to share my work with him , not only about zygoma but about the first letter of the alphabet, vowel origins, the AHHMM sound, ( the forced vibratory exhalation of air during spiritual meditation , a chant ) and Yahweh.
With my eyes still closed, trying to make sense of the dream, I concluded I should take Joshua’s message and be Bold and STRONG and shed my fear of telling others my findings and risk losing credit for my discoveries.
I sensed the professor’s excitement was due the truthfulness of my discoveries and their helping him in some way. The dream convinced me to share with others  seeking truth . Here is what I revealed.

I have stumbled on a very old word , Zygoma,
An even older word YOKE.
An even older word BAR, the oldest Greek word for Yoke.
An even older pictograph of OXEN’S HEADS connected with a Bar, yoked together

Yoke is one of man’s first words, meaning to join, connect, union, come together, tie, wed, a pair, hold, bind, etc giving birth to three pages of usages and cognates outlined in the twenty- three volume Oxford English Dictionary.

As proof of the word yoke’s age consider the following :

A yoke is one of man’s first implements, used in the domestication of animals, allowing man to plough and feed more than just his own family, enabling others do more specialized tasks ultimately allowing for division of labor and stimulus of the birth of civilization and development of writing.

A, the first letter of virtually every alphabet is thought related to OX according to language scholars. Alpha, the Greek name for A , Aleph the Hebrew name for A and Alif the Arabic name for A , all mean OX.

I believe ( A ) is more than just “related” to ox but more correctly represents an Oxen yoke, not just the OX.


Yokes existed before alphabetic writing, present in the oldest Egyptian pictographs as bars connecting the horns of oxen.(pic)

Greeks, who were the first people to write the vowels of words chose (A) for their first vowel. ( A ) represented a yoke. They made ( A ), a yoke of grammar, a vowel, a letter connecting two consonants!

Vowels in Phoenician , Hieroglyphics, Cuneiform, Hebrew & Arabic were not written.

Vowels, I propose, originally had no meaning other than to indicate a connector, a yoke, therefore there would be no reason to write them.

This explains the need for the  two classifications of letters, consonant and vowels; one for meaning, one for connection, together a syllable., the building blocks of syllabic language , older than alphabetic.

To repeat my theory,  (A ) the first letter of our alphabet is related to oxen because it is the symbol for an Oxen yoke!   ( V ) is the Phoenician symbol for an ox head. When a horizontal bar across the middle was added it became a symbol for a yoke of oxen.

When rotated 180 degrees it became the  phonetic alphabetic ( A ).

The documentary evidence and evolution of the above will be presented later under the development of the Alphabet.


For “ completion “,  I have no such proof as I do for the above ! Completion  is intuitive. Never the less, having found one of our earliest written words, yoke,  prompted me to look deeper for words that existed, before writing, even to man’s first sounds ; sounds most essential for man’s primitive needs. Things immediate. Proximate. The sun, moon, stars, rain, water. A sound for finger, nose, eye, ear, toe etc. Words for parts seen and felt, always present would have come first and can be MAPS to evolved  later words.

As It turns out, Gross Anatomy, can provide clues to our earliest vocabulary and word sounds, i.e. zygoma!

Another important reliable source for word origins is the Bible. One of man’s first written  words was God’s name, I Am .

In Exodus 2:13 Moses asked God who shall I tell our people they are to leave Egypt to return to the promise land? God replied “ tell them I Am sent you “. I Am , one of the oldest sentences on record : the sound of ( I ) and the sound of ( A ) (M ) .

I’m persuaded the AM phonetically sounded like the syllable , Ahhhh mmmmm (AOM) or (AUM)  because its the sound of the most ancient spiritual chants of the Hebrew free masons as well as all the venerated traditions of the Orient’s spiritual cultures  and because I have been shown to believe it , ( I AM ) is actually the origin of the word we all acknowledge as the name of the solitary God of the Hebrews , Yahweh.

I AM is the most holy name for the Hebrew God, YahWeh . I AM and Yahweh are one and the same!. Yahweh means I AM !  I Am is the Hebrew name Yahweh.
Written without vowels, as customary in Hebrew, Yahwey would be, YHWH, the tetragrammaton. It was considered so Holy it was rarely spoken; Lord or Elohim were substituted.

I believe the Y of YahWeh, (Ya) represented ( I ) ( eye) , of I AM and the (A) , the oral sound for yoke , (Ahhh) and ( M ), somehow, the WEH .

Considering the biblical quote,  John 14:6 ,

God says I am the way , the truth and the life, frequently stated I am the way, the truth and the light , the light which allows us to ” see”.  It convinced me that the

(I) , (the eye) , represents the all seeing eye of God ,


The Eye of Providence can be seen on the reverse of the Great Seal of the United States, seen her on the US $1 bill




“the providential eye” , always watching over us and Christ, the light of God, lights our way to God.

Christ is the yoke to God.

Christ  is also the Word.

John 1: 1 ;

“In the beginning was the word , and the word was God and the Word was with God”.

I was drawn to join these thoughts with the AHHHMMM , (AUM ) , the spiritual chant which evokes the calming Peace of God, the peace which surpasses all understanding.

Ephesians 9:11.

All these threads swirling around my mind, not the least of which, wanting the Word to be the first utterance to man, I AM, Yahweh , the light directing my zygoma path, the Word,  the Way to God.

The Way of the second part of YAHWEY ! Thus, I AM the Way , Yahweh, who has just lighted the way for me to experience, the familiar profession ,“I see the light”!

To amuse you more as it did me with profound disbelief , it could be true,
I reflect back on my selecting the topic for this entry COMPLETION,
I SEE THE LIGHT and when I entered it, a typographical error occurred  and I had spelled LIGHT, LI HT which my presumptive mind interpreted as the sign O, being the providential eye of God, watching, guiding me down the lighted path to God confirming in my minds eye, I was on the right path.

Ha ha ha ha , I will laugh along with all of you who must think I’m nuts. So be it , I had to write it so I could  move on with my story and  tell you about my many other spontaneous encounters:

The Joneses, my 90 year old patients , Lois and John . She wore her Aramaic Diety medallion around her neck, and John taught me to Ahhhmmm .

Brenda of whom I first met wearing her allah ring  while telling me about her experiences with synchronicity and providential 11:11,  as William has taught me .

Maybe I’ll finally get back to Birmingham where I first encountered the patient with the fractured zygoma and my neighbor, the theologic scholar who taught me basics of Hebrew in a cram session at night while teaching students in London while  on sabbatical leave from Samford, University. Its where I first began language development and saw the rosetta stone which Zygoma became for me. By the way his name was Dr. Joins!, one of the primary cognates of Yoke: To JOIN. Coincidental?

And, of course Ray, who sees rooms full of “ghost “and Ben frightened by Ghost dreams, but overnight once converted to God never had another Ghost dream.

Then there is Fausto’s augers, and the “Partner Restaurant” in Maryland, the one and only “Partner Restaurant” in the United States we encountered on an overnight trip to New York with intense discussion of my yoke infatuation.  Partner is a major cognate of yoke! The restaurant’s sign logo was two hands joined as in a shake! We just happened to exit the Baltimore-Washington turnpike to find a place to have breakfast. The exit was a dead end road and only place on the road to eat! Perhaps one of the most coincidental occasions i’ve experienced.

Oh, I can,t leave out Vernon, my patient who freaked out with my mention of my Holy Cow and Hieroglyphics.

All and more to come of my meaningful coincidences I can,t wait to share since the way is lighted ,apparently as it has been , but not recognized  completely till now, 2017  Hallaluya , Alleluia
Thanks be to God: 11:11 , the providential watchful eyes of the spirits.

Although I can’t prove but little of this, I can’t research it now, it will have to wait until my personal experiences which that have brought me soundly this far are in print.

Let me take you back where truth led me with zygoma with all of its unexplainable, unlikely, coincidences that after 40 years proved true .

Therefore, I’ll try not to digress further unless exceptional  spiritual encounters intervene and not let me pass.

on to # 13   Back To ALABAMA 1972


(1) Notice the Light I typed, an O, symbol for eye , instead of a G, LIOHT happened and I was overwhelmed with the sensation it was providence, the light that let

my eye see


(2)  Earliest letters were often rotated with different writing materials for ease of printing  i.e. clay tablet and sharpened wedge stylus

such was case with ox  representation , the V was rotated 180 degrees to become A , the rotated head with the later added diacritic line

(3) John 1:4 In him was the life: and the life was the Light of men
John 8:12 Jesus saying : I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness but shall have the light of life












11. A Facial Fracture – 1972 THE BEGINNING

Saturday on facial  trauma call at the University of Alabama , Birmingham is never dull. Today was no exception. I was expecting the transfer of a patient with a simple fracture of the Zygoma. When the patient arrived he had a fracture of the Zygomatic bone, an entirely different facial bone, one fraught with significant risk and complications. Although the bones are adjacent to one another,look and sound similar, they are two different entities and should not be confused.


A fractured Zygoma requires a short procedure with local anesthesia in the emergency room,while a Zygomatic fracture requires general anesthesia,several hours surgery,two incisions, interosseous wiring, exploration of the orbital floor, and several days hospitalization with an extensive follow up.

My frustration and disappointment with this error of anatomic communication made me realize how mistakes of a more serious nature could occur when anatomical terminology is not exacting and precise. Although this patients outcome was not affected, I was! The experience prompted my research into the origin of the term Zygoma in hopes to understand the error and how future errors could be prevented. I had no indication anything more was in store for me than clarification of the use of an anatomical term. Nothing could be farther from the truth as you will see.


End Entry # 11


10. My Beginnings

As far back as I can remember I was searching for things and finding them. All kinds of things, four leaf clovers, keys rings, you name it, I could find it. My mother bragged on me so much I began thinking I had some special ability, so I wasn’t particularly surprised to find myself spending more than forty years tracking down a lost word. AS a pre-med History major at the University of North Carolina I selected a course on the History of Medicine which required an essay. Surprise ! , I chose the History of Anatomy as my topic. Working in the medical school library I was introduced to the most authoritative experts in the origin of anatomy and the beginning of anatomical terminology. Dr.Charles Singer, R.E.Siegal and others writings still resonate with me as does the fascination of the 15,000 year old La Croix cave drawings of mans first recorded anatomic illustrations. Little did I know an anatomical word would  alter my life. Let me begin.


End Entry #10

8. Azoke: a Coincidental Neologism

Azoke Origin:

You won’t find azoke in your dictionary as it is a new word, a neologism created to describe my pursuit of zygoma’s provenance. The word azoke came to me in 2011 in Los Angeles while registering my youngest son in the University of California, light design program, at Cal Arts. We were staying at the Hampton Inn finishing up an endless to do list before returning to N.C. the next day. Most unlike myself, I awoke around 6 AM, slipped off to the cafeteria without waking anyone, inexplicably wide awake, I began jotting down my night’s dream and the thoughts it provoked, before losing them. Heres what I wrote on the Hampton “thought pad” from the room.

I had dreamed my zygoma story: twenty years searching for truth in the ambiguous anatomical terminology of the facial bone, overcoming and unraveling the linguistic origin of the term. The dream revealed my journey was far more than a medical or language pursuit, it was a process of connecting to God. Finding God by searching for truth.

Sometimes our connection with God is through other people or other things who which we yoke to and through to God. For Christians the yoke is Christ. However, each of us can be touched with the hand of God to instill into us a yearning for completeness which can only be satisfied by union with him. The Kaballah describes it well.
“This is the very fundamental basis of religion: the union between ourselves and God. Religion comes from the Latin “religare” which means to “reunite.” This relates well to the Sanskrit word Yoga coming from the root yug, which means to yoke or unite.
The true root of Yoga ,the real meaning of Yug is to unite oneself with the truth.

The union may come in a form of a revealed truth, a conversion , or a given talent which connects us to him, be it music, dance, art, animation, sports, film, spirituality, science, discovery, quilting, work etc .
Through my academic medical terminology investigation, I had proven beyond doubt the origin of the term zygoma and eliminated the confusion regarding it’s nomenclature. In so doing I found my yoke to God. The word zygoma! And I was given the thought each of us may have their own personal yoke to God, and I chose the word Zoke to identify it, and Azoke to identify one’s search for their Zoke .

Zoke seemed right, using Z, to imply God from (Z)eus coupled with OKE of yoke. Also because OAK, a homonym of OKE, was the wood used to make man’s first yoke implements. Thus, Zoke is ones personal yoke(connection) to God.
Similarly, Azoke seemed right as (A) pictographically represents an oxen yoke used as the first implement of domesticated animals to allow energetic work. I correlated that with the “work” of searching out our zoke; thus

Azoke: The search for your Zoke to God.

Wherefore the blog name itself was the result of some intuitive thought prompted by dream. Coincidence?
I concluded from my dream and the thought it provoked that early morning, It’s our task, duty and responsibility to find our yoke to God. We should do whatever it takes for as long as it takes to find the yoke that links us and bonds us to him.
I had done it through a word.

Haven satisfied my need to get the spiritual up front due to the cumulative magnitude of the meaningful coincidences that convinced me my single truth was not zygoma but the confirmational truth , single truth , that God exist!
Not that i want Him to, I think He does, He probably does or He might as I had thought for years, but finally I accepted :
He does!

Zygoma was my zoke

In order for others to accept this as well I return to the chronologic path of my discoveries with an emphasis on what then seemed ” happen stance”, but I now know were intended. Perhaps your zoke will be recognized.

neologism – a new word or a new use of a word
provenance – the origin of a word and all of its evolution
homonym – one of a group of words with different meanings : frequently found to have similar origins

























7. Name Change Coincidence



Name Change Coincidence:


Insignificant as it must seem to others, the most recent coincidence occurred with the expected blog name Zygoma, my first and only choice for the title as I planned for the blog to mirror chronologically my journey’s search for the truth of an anatomical term, followed by a language-etymology review of how the use of the word changed throughout history and ending with my discovery of “a single truth” and my profession of faith.

Once I committed to a blog with the encouragement of my children, Susan, my youngest offered to launch the site as I was totally incapable of. She E-mailed me. “Dad, sorry, but,,and sites were unavailable!” I was devastated!  I had been so excited to think finally I would have my story told and my academic discoveries, protected by a Creative Commons 4.0 International License. Choosing another name was difficult, nothing, compared to zygoma. The Yoke bone, A Single Truth and Yahweh were considered, but rejected for different reasons. Alas, I chose Azoke, thinking It might work. was available! , so we secured it at once. Then it hit me! How can I possibly start with Azoke? Its not even a word yet! I had hoped to recommend it to readers as a neologism in final posts, along with other spiritual conclusions.

To begin with it first, rather than last, would turn my story upside down; well actually backwards.  Impossible!  Not only would it lessen, if not negate, “my” academic discoveries, it might discourage my medical colleagues, language scholars and “scientific method” readers from taking me seriously with azoke’s primary spiritual connotation. Had zygoma been available, azoke would have emerged as an outcome at the story’s conclusion. That dilemma, of how to put the spiritual at the beginning rather than end,  was removed for reasons stated in the last entry The Coming Out re: meaningful coincidences,  in conjunction with Wham-O!, The Title Change,  did what I couldn’t!

Zygoma’s site by chance not being available resulted in the Azoke title, which forced making spiritual the primary focus, shifting the credit from myself to God, where it belongs. I now prefer this but was jealous of giving up the credit only a year ago, when I realized all my discoveries were serendipitous coincidences,intuitive thought and dreams rather than results of my genius. When I recognized that, when I saw the light, the truth, ( entry #6 ) I wanted a way to put the credit where it was due and let the chips fall where they must  with friends ,colleagues and scholars, as I have already received my reward. My single truth.

Having to use Azoke as the blog site name required explanation and definition of the word, all spiritual.  How it came about follows in Entry  #8 the result of a dream.


End Entry #7