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How to Ride the Euphemistic Treadmill

How do you refer to a person or people with characteristics outside the perceived norm? Why should you do so at all? Describing a person as belonging to a certain race or ethnic group or having a physical or mental

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20 Ways To Laugh…

    Go ahead and try this (if you’re alone, that is): Explore all the varieties of laughter you can produce, and label each one. There’s an often-distinct word or phrase for each type. Here are twenty ways to laugh,

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21 Tips About Writing From Twitter

    I’m a writing tip junkie. Any tweet or blog post or random comment that begins, “Here’s the best tip I’ve ever gotten about writing…” makes me click. What’s thirty seconds of time when I could pick up a

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Sabbatical

Followers of this blog will have noticed that there have been no original posts since the beginning of this year. The story: I have taken a sabbatical from writing; the quotes will continue—hard,fast and strong. Till then! Related articles How

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20 Evocative French Words

  English has borrowed words from other languages indiscriminately, and has done so for hundreds of years. Often, this happens even when a perfectly sound native or imported synonym already exists, but sometimes the new term gains its footing because

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2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 14,000 times in 2011. If it were a

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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health: The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!. Crunchy numbers The average container ship can

Posted in blogging, Statistics
  • IF YOU CANNOT SAY/WRITE WHAT YOU FEEL, YOU'RE BEST OFF NOT SAYING/WRITING ANYTHING AT ALL! 4 weeks ago
  • People only echo what they believe, not what they do not. 4 weeks ago
  • If it feels unjust, it usually is. It helps to know why and, better still, explain why. 4 weeks ago
  • Giving and gifting are not the same. The giver expects; giving should be sustainable. The gifter does not. Gifting is usually excess. 4 weeks ago
  • A change of heart in one does not necessarily imply a change of heart in all. 4 weeks ago
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