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May 18th, 201502:00 AM ETPerhaps it was your mother or father, a great aunt or uncle, or your grandma or grandpa that outlined, modeled, and enforced a code of civility in your childhood. He or she made certain that you knew the line not to cross when interacting with others. Whether your words were in casual conversation, on the phone, or in a letter, you were held to a h...
April 02nd, 201401:37 AM ETI've been thinking about habit. Habitual. Habitat. Inhabit. All related words, meaning something in which we live, as in clothing, or actions in which we clothe ourselves, as in behavior, sometimes repeatedly (habitual), or something in which we live, as in houses. We wear it; we live in it, it protects us from the outside and others; in some intan...
December 12th, 201302:39 AM ETI recently asked a friend why folks don't like to use the word "sin." They are comfortable saying "mistake." But in common conversation it is awkward to say "I sinned." My friend answered with a profound statement. "It's too big a word." I've been thinking about that. We use the term "freighted" sometimes when speaking of words that have huge con...
May 21st, 201212:02 AM ETWhen our three daughters were babies, we began a book of letters for each of them to be presented on graduation day. Each year we pulled out the scrapbook and wrote a new letter detailing how they had grown, projects they were involved in, and words of wisdom we wanted to impart to them. Each entry also included an age appropriate picture of them w...
November 08th, 201103:35 AM ETMost of us use the written word all the time, probably more than we realize. But it seems to me they have four primary uses. 1) For information: newspapers, magazines, various types of nonfiction books, warranties and instruction sheets, etc. 2) For entertainment: books, short stories, some types of blogs. 3) To convey a message or ins...
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