Take the Ride

Take the Ride

Parenthood … It’s about guiding the next generation, and forgiving the last. (Peter Krause) There’s Nothing New The ground rules: There’s no blaming here. We’re all making our way through the human condition. We all get the challenges and...
The Euphemism Busters

The Euphemism Busters

You know how the lyrics go, “If there’s something strange and it don’t look good, who ya gonna call? The Euphemism Busters.”

Maintaining Our Footing

Maintaining Our Footing

In his book, The Life of Reason, the American philosopher, poet, novelist, and critic George Santayana (1863-1952) wrote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to fulfill it.” Seventeen years after September 11, 2001, the matter is not...
In the Moment

In the Moment

Full disclosure: I have a saying from Groucho Marx, framed and sitting on a bookshelf, right next to my desk. I read it every day. It says this: Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can...
Language Pollution

Language Pollution

Most of us – almost all – must take in and give out language as we do breath, and we had better consider the seriousness of language pollution as second to only air pollution. (John Simon)

It’s Only Words: Part Three

It’s Only Words: Part Three

In the immediately previous post in this series, I proposed a cautionary statement by which we might attempt to find — if not to re-establish respect for and insistence on — meaning and substance in written communication. (All but the most hearty and quixotic among us...