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Category Archives: It’s part of the language!
Poetry and literature can be explicated. Writings by Shakespeare, Keats, Yeats and Coleridge are a mystery at first reading, but many scholars and academicians read, dissect, explain and regurgitate the meaning and reasoning of all written things throughout history. Unlike … Continue reading
The images pervade American history books. Images that reflect an industrious, hardworking America– a 18th Century colonist wielding an axe, a 20th Century steel worker pouring a white-hot ingot, a 19th Century railroad worker pinning down a steel track with … Continue reading
Charles Berlitz, linguist and language teacher, garnered a fortune developing books and courses teaching people to speak languages other than their own. When I studied German in high school and college, I made it a point to tuck a pocket-sized … Continue reading
The dandelion is a much misaligned little flower with a bad rap! In North America, it is one of the earliest plants to bloom in the spring, dotting lawns and landscapes with its bright yellow flowers. As beautiful as this … Continue reading
I’m waiting for the guy who walks into the party and exclaims, “O.K. I don’t care who it offends, but I’m heterosexual!” Will anybody care? Probably not. Perhaps it will invoke a few chuckles, maybe a couple of raised eyebrows, … Continue reading
John Debella was taking requests on his morning radio show at Philadelphia’s Classic Rock WMGK a few years ago when he received this call: “WMGK, what can I play for you, my man!” John said. With slightly slurred speech a … Continue reading
Even in a high-tech precision world, not much is accomplished without a few “tricks-of-the-trade” or “rules of thumb.” Why? Because, despite mechanization and computer manipulation, there is a real world filled with real people who are tasked with getting things … Continue reading
“I think that I will never see a poem as lovely as a tree,” wrote Joyce Kilmer. As you read the rest of this simple-minded poem, you get the distinct impression that Mr. Kilmer didn’t get out much, or if … Continue reading
Make a motion, make a resolution, Trenton makes the world takes. Between the slackers and the fakers is a world full of makers. No movers or shakers, though. No one resolves anything anymore. They make it! Every year at New … Continue reading