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STUCK IN THE MIDDLE

“We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”  -…

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KEEP FEELING (FASCINATION)

I’ve gotten a few reminders lately reminding me to “not take things so personally.” Grrr. Rarely do I respond positively…

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ALL THINGS CONSIDERED

Sometimes (I mean often) I’m a geek for etymology. If I get a word stuck in my head, which happens…

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WIGGLE ROOM

I don’t know where I heard this metaphor about grief — that it’s like a ball in a box with…

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PLACING TRUST

I was reminded recently of Aristotle’s assertion that to extend trust is more valuable than to be trustworthy.  I’ve been…

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SOFT in the MIDDLE

A man walks down the street, says “Why am I soft in the middle now? Why am I soft in…

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THAT’S THE WAY I LIKE IT

I can’t tell if this is an interesting etymological revelation, or if it’s something that everyone else has always already…

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AND ANOTHER THING…

I’m not coming up with my usual smart answers. I’ve been racking my noggin’ to craft a clever and pithy…

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MIND THE GAP

I was utterly charmed by the way English was spoken in London — the particular words and phrases we’d hear…

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THE BEAUTY OF IT

There was a video on social media a few weeks ago in which a high-school student filmed her classmates and…

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Mystic or Manilow?

Several years ago I created a short quiz for a class I was teaching. I presented participants with lines of…

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BIG TIME

“The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.” - Madeleine L’Engle…

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