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j-marc-schmidt's picture
Apr.01.2014
    "Tempting, isn't it?"    "What?"    "The tantalising prospect of leading a virtuous life."    "I beg your pardon?"    "Generosity. Selflessness. Humility. Diligence. Those four intoxicating little comforts that make life...
j-marc-schmidt's picture
Mar.16.2014
    "Tell me what's on your mind," she said.    "Very well. Frankly speaking, I find you dull."    "Do you mean, dull as in 'not sharp', meaning 'slow-witted and unintelligent'? Or do you mean dull as in 'boring'?"    "The latter." ...
kati-kline's picture
Dec.07.2012
I am:A daughter, A mother, A friend, An enemy, A lover, A hater, A temptress, A prude, A pacifist, An antagonizer, A mediator, A fighter,A rule maker, A rule breaker, A follower, A leader, A comedian, A sour puss, A rebel,A conformist,A loud mouth, A listener with no voice, A teacher, A student, A...
j-marc-schmidt's picture
Sep.19.2012
Here is an illustration for the book Secrets of Popular Culture, drawn in early 2007. Cast your mind back to those days. One of the big stories was about a practice called 'extraordinary rendition'. This cartoon inspired the book Test Your English, and was reprinted in another recent book of mine...
sherrie-theriault's picture
Jul.30.2012
  July 30   DEFINITIONS     I am close to my Higher Power but I have no words to describe It.  I have found it best to say nothing unless asked.  When I do speak, it is always about the path I took or the way I held my face.  I know the things that changed, and...
michael-seidel's picture
May.09.2012
Daily Writing Tips covered some military slang, which spurred memory. Memory didn't need much spurring. I use several of these phrases routinely even though my military uniform and all its obligations have been long set aside. These words, and their attitudes, have military roots but they live and...
farzana-versey's picture
Dec.21.2010
Mirriam-Webster’s can keep its austere pragmatism to itself. I’ve got my own ideas. The dictionary got out its list of top 10 words of the year based on what people went sniffing around for. The real meaning will be available at the site and others, but what are words if they cannot...
dale-estey's picture
Oct.28.2010
by Alison Flood 'Sexually graphic' ... Merriam Webster dictionary Dictionaries have been removed from classrooms in southern California schools after a parent complained about a child reading the definition for "oral sex". Merriam Webster's 10th edition, which has been used for the...
sherrie-theriault's picture
Aug.28.2010
August 28           Defining the Indefinable   What is Alcoholism?  What is a Hurricane?  What is a Cataclysm? I know I look for the root cause, look to predict the outcome, look to prevention and preservation of this thing which comes pouring from the four winds to...
sherrie-theriault's picture
Jul.30.2009
July 30   DEFINITIONS    I am close to my Higher Power but I have no words to describe It.  I have found it best to say nothing unless asked.  When I do speak, it is always about the path I took or the way I held my face.  I know the things that changed, and the wind that blew.  This is not the...