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Word Origin Comics: What's Love Got to do With it...Huh?

Larry Paros | Posted 04.29.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

How seriously should you take this "love" thing? Some believe it to be a grave matter requiring scientific reflection. Einstein maintained, however, that you couldn't hold gravitation responsible for people falling in love.

Reflections of an Octogenarian IX: On Educational Leadership -- Principles for Principals

Larry Paros | Posted 04.24.2015 | Education
Larry Paros

If we hope to turn our schools around, we need not only great teachers, but also great principals. It's not an unreasonable premise. The school executive plays a significant factor in determining a school's fate.

Word Origin Comics: Macho Does Not Prove Mucho

Larry Paros | Posted 05.04.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Hey guys, stuck on that macho thing? Remember what the Village People had to say about it.

Empty Billfolders May Shutter The Dictionary Of American Regional English

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 04.20.2015 | Arts

Language-lovers across the U.S. have the mulligrubs this month, and with good reason. The Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE), which has ca...

Word Origin Comics: The Rise and Fall of the Word 'Pretty'

Larry Paros | Posted 04.15.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

How pretty you look? Really? "Pretty," when you come down to it, is pretty relative, as in "pretty awful." Even Einstein's theory of social relativity bordered on such.

Word Orgin Comics: Leading a Charmed Life and a More Enchanting Existence

Larry Paros | Posted 04.06.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Introduce a little charm into your life? According to Miley Cyrus, "Turning on the charm without being fake is really important." It is, as Albert Camus noted, "a way of getting the answer 'Yes' without asking a clear question."

Why We Must Value Languages

Alissa Stern | Posted 04.06.2015 | Arts
Alissa Stern

If we don't actively counter the forces of cultural homogenization, the morbidity and mortality rates among languages will continue to climb.

Reflections of an Octogenarian VII: Educational Reform: That Vision Thing...Which Way is Up?

Larry Paros | Posted 04.13.2015 | Education
Larry Paros

A new vision for education does not spring full blown like Athena from the head of Zeus. It originates in the interior of one's being, but it is grounded in the past.

Don't Let These 5 Confusing Words Mar Your Image

Dianna Booher | Posted 04.02.2015 | Business
Dianna Booher

Tom's an articulate physician, totally able to speak his mind and express a strong point of view. But when he repeatedly says "between you and I," that grammatical error has the same effect as a big splotch of mustard on the front of his suit and tie.

Word Origin Comics: Coming Attractions: The Power to DrawPeople Into Your Life

Larry Paros | Posted 03.31.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

What kind of person does your magnetic personality tend to attract into your life? Glen Close suggested you not take any chances. "The best thing I have is the knife from Fatal Attraction. I hung it in my kitchen.

Lost in Translation: Brits v. Americans -- Whose Language Is It, Anyway?

Paula Froelich | Posted 03.31.2015 | Travel
Paula Froelich

Often, people travel from the U.S. to England wrapped in a sense of comfort, thinking, "Well, they speak the same language, so I'll be able to get by just fine." Or will you?

Add Glamour and Glitz to Your Life and Some Proper English as Well

Larry Paros | Posted 03.26.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

"Someday the laws of glamour must be discovered, because they are so important that the world would be wiser now if Sir Isaac Newton had been hit on the head, not by an apple, but by a young lady." So wrote Booth Tarkington, a somewhat conservative author, considered by most to be anything but "glamorous."

Reflections of an Octogenarian VI: Educational Reform: Batter Up! Time for a Whole New Ballgame

Larry Paros | Posted 03.24.2015 | Education
Larry Paros

Any future discussion of education cannot be pursued in isolation of a parallel discussion of national purpose. Only then can we ask which social and moral imperatives should inform the learning process -- education for whom; for what; towards what end; for what purpose?

Word Origins as Comics: The Thrill of It All... Buckle Up and Full Speed Ahead!

Larry Paros | Posted 03.19.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Richard Pryor once noted, "I know that if I wasn't scared, something's wrong, because the thrill is what's scary." Want to remove the fear from the thrill? Looking to Introduce some into your life? Look no further.

Getting Grammatical: What's the Big Deal With the Passive Voice?

David Kudler | Posted 03.19.2015 | Books
David Kudler

An author I work with recently asked me, "What's the big deal with the passive voice?" My first instinct was to answer, "Well, would that question have made as much sense as 'The big deal with the passive voice is about what?'"

People Who Love People: Read All About It in the Comics

Larry Paros | Posted 03.11.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Coupling with another, and confused by what's happening? Relationships. You can't live with them, and as everyone knows, you can't live without them.

Eat Your Words and Enjoy Each Bite: A Handy Dandy Guide to Healthful Living

Larry Paros | Posted 05.05.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Not every post bears fruit, but guaranteed, this one will. Seize the moment, grab the low-hanging fruit, and discover the inside story of how words can help you think about yourself and your body. Put the pedantic approach behind you

You Are What You Read: Stop Vegetating and Get with the Program!

Larry Paros | Posted 05.02.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

The Language of Health. The inside story. How the roots of words speak directly to you about how you think about yourself and your body. Put the pedantic approach behind you. Try some humor instead, mixed with a bit of scholarship.

A Marriage of Two Languages: My Journey on Embracing Both English and Spanish

Vanessa Lopez | Posted 05.02.2015 | Latino Voices
Vanessa Lopez

I am Mexican, and I am also American. I am a hybrid. It has taken me a long time to accept that this is ok. I do not have to fall under the pressure of having to choose one over the other, nor do I have to fall under the negative stigmatization that to claim both is wrong.

A New Direction for Our Nation? Let's Go by the Book. But Which One?

Larry Paros | Posted 04.28.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Books inform the human intelligence and speak to us individually in quite a different way. They speak less to topical issues but to those universal in nature, providing a perspective on our life, how we live it, and our relationship to the larger culture.

Hey Barack! All You Need Is Love, Love, Love

Larry Paros | Posted 04.25.2015 | Politics
Larry Paros

It used to be, love me, love my dog. Now you'd better love your country just like me, or nobody else will ever love you... A personal message to Rudy Giuliani in the form of a quickie history lesson about love of country and his future as a figure whom future generations can love.

Reflections of an Octogenarian IV: Whatever Happened to the Core in the Core Curriculum? Now You See It, and Now You Don't

Larry Paros | Posted 04.24.2015 | Education
Larry Paros

Educators are still talking about a core curriculum, but nothing about its core. A few isolated voices call out for a "national conversation about race," but, for the most part, it goes unheeded.

Word Origins as Comics: Pssst, Buddy, Do I Have a Tip For You!

Larry Paros | Posted 04.22.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Te da! Time to join the war on drugs. Arm yourself now. Sticks and stones may be fine, but words are much more lethal. It's not like we're pushing anything, but we are-- the story behind the words, the real roots of the matter...Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

Fifty Shades of Marina: The New Literary Sensation

Larry Paros | Posted 04.18.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Eat your heart out E.L. James! Move on over. There's a new book in town. A real slice of life-- something everyone can sink their teeth into. Its heroine's exploits dwarf those of Ana Steele.

From Russia With Love: A Happy Valentine's Day to You... Nyet!

Larry Paros | Posted 04.14.2015 | Comedy
Larry Paros

Valentine's Day does not have quite the same meaning in Russia as it does here. For your viewing pleasure -- a sampling of greeting cards from over there. Could we just be Putin you on?