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farzana-versey's picture
Dec.04.2012
How English is English?  Will we ever know why an editor deleted words of foreign origin from the Oxford English Dictionary? Was he a racist? Or a purist? In the socio-historical context, both these words have been used interchangeably a few times. Nazism and apartheid do believe they...
susan-hubbs's picture
Nov.28.2012
Words.  My mind is full of them today. I can't escape the torrential flood of words rolling through my mind. Some good like delicious, some not as good like afraid, but all parts of me.  I love the written word and the spoken word.  The beauty of both remind me of fiery red...
annmarie-sauer's picture
Nov.15.2012
When I first came to the Mohave Desert I didn't know any of the plants and certainly not any of their names or specific desert formations or phenomenons. The names I learned became a bridge allowing me to get to know the desert intimately. Thanks to the words, I can feel homesick when I am in the...
farzana-versey's picture
Nov.14.2012
How can a writer retire? Is there an age limit, an “until such time” proviso in an unwritten contract? Will there be a toast to the end of the day, a little gift for “services rendered”, and then post-retirement blues? When Philip Roth’s plans to stop writing came to public notice a few days...
bruce-douglas-reeves's picture
Nov.10.2012
       The Communists were in power.  The year: 1988.  The place: the territory and city of Kaliningrad, named for a buddy of Joe Stalin.  My wife and I were there for the day, exploring the bleak, gray remains of several centuries – none bleaker or...
annmarie-sauer's picture
Nov.04.2012
Listening to the campaign speeches, having worked as an interpreter for the European Parliament, I listen closely to the language used. Which words are chosen for the message, how is the message framed? Which values are reflected in the choice of words and images? What if one starts to think about...
lorraine-duffy-merkl's picture
Oct.16.2012
This was a link from the WSJ. The words are Actually, Basically, Honestly (a personal fave of mine), Literally, and the chronic offender: Like. The article will explain why. http://firsttoknow.com/5-words-that-make-you-sound-stupid/?did=1179&utm_source=outbrain&utm_campaign=fivewords So...
mary-wilkinson's picture
Oct.09.2012
I failed to light the candle and the match burnt down to the end and singed my skin. The key broke in the keyhole and the dogs walked backwards, tails down. I buttered a bagel without toasting it first and the dough clung like glue to the roof of my mouth. I walked up the descending escalator....
annette-talbert's picture
Oct.07.2012
Words hold power for me. My power words. The words that help to shape and define me, when I am searching for meaning in my life. Words like: RESILIENCE         Bittersweet        JOY         FIERY Grace      ...
michael-seidel's picture
Oct.02.2012
A blue sky began the day but a convention of clouds formed. Sunshine fades. The temperature finds a lower floor and a smell sharpens the air. Glances cast at the sky quicken with wonder, will it snow? More sage people say, "Yes, it'll snow.  Will it stick?" Will it stick? How much snow will...