When you hear the word 'nymph', what do you think of? Unfortunately, you probably think 'nympho', as in 'nymphomaniac', a psychiatric term that trickled down into common usage to refer, of course, to a sex-crazy woman. For that reason, it has a somewhat derogatory connotation, and is likely to elicit snorts and snickers. But 'nymphomaniac' comes from the Greek word 'nymph', mythical nature spirits that were represented as beautiful young women. They inhabited lakes and forests, mountains and seas, and were often the lovers or mothers of Greek heroes. Echo was a nymph, and so was Calypso - they weren't quite goddesses, but they were often immortal, and always represented the spritely, ethereal, yet nurturing side of femininity. We think the concept of a nymph is a beautiful one, and shouldn't be misapplied to women in a snidely sexual way. We also think there's no better personification of a sweet and delightful nymph than Helga. Enjoy!