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Word Origin Comics: Who Are Those Masked Men and Crusading Women?

Larry Paros | Posted 08.27.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Guess who? "They are the ones who act first and talk later. They are fiercely independent thinkers who know how to fight the lizard brain (to use Set...

Word Origin Comics: Black Sheep and Bellwethers... and Lambs to the Slaughter

Larry Paros | Posted 08.21.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Tend to get fleeced? No sense being sheepish about it. It's merely time to separate the sheep from the goats. But not without a word of warning.

What the *!@?!#: Four Letter Words: Things of Beauty and a Joy Forever?

Larry Paros | Posted 08.21.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Four-letter words and their ilk are everywhere. They have come to occupy a formidable role in our culture--in our everyday language, entertainment, literature and music. Where do they belong--limbo, hell, or whatever? Be that as it may, it is now time to put them and their ilk into proper perspective. What better way than through a manifesto? ...So Ta-Da!

Word Origin Comics: What's So Kind About Kindness and is it Only for Your Kin?

Larry Paros | Posted 08.19.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

There is no more hokey and maddening a tune than "Small, Small, World," especially when confined to a small vessel at Disneyland and having it hammered over and over again at you.

Teachers Wanted... Forget It, I've Got Better Things to Do

Larry Paros | Posted 08.14.2015 | Education
Larry Paros

Autonomy is really at the nub of it all. Teaching is an art, and we need to respect the artist and give him full reign in his expression.

Word Origin Comics: Thoroughbred or Mutt? Your Family's Lineage Finally Laid Bare

Larry Paros | Posted 08.14.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Take pride in your lineage? All well and fine to honor those on whose shoulders you stand. But let's not get carried away with it. As Neil DeGrasse Tyson noted, "If you need to invoke your academic pedigree or job title for people to believe what you say, then you need a better argument.

Word Origin Comics: What What Does It Take to be the Best? This One's for You!

Larry Paros | Posted 08.05.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Stand out from the crowd! Break new ground! Go the Extra Mile! Dare to be great! And then flaunt it!

The Down and Dirty on Being "Gay"

Larry Paros | Posted 07.31.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Although there exists much controversy among scholars, the word most likely derives from the Old English gal for "lewd" and"lascivious" (which also gave us quite a "gal," a nineteenth-century British term for a prostitute) rather than the more obvious gai, from Provence in southeastern France, a word which earlier referred to courtly love and its literature.

Word Origin Comics: People Who Love People

Larry Paros | Posted 07.30.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

People, may I have your attention, please! It's time for some serious introspection. What makes you a real person? What persona do you show the world? What kind of personality do you have? Are you part of the faceless personnel which make up the world; or do you bring something personal to it?

Word Origin Comics: The End of Marriage as We Know It

Larry Paros | Posted 07.22.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

All good things must come to an end; so too with marriage. And it ain't cheap people. As Robin Williams once noted, "Divorce is expensive. I used to joke they were going to call it 'all the money,' but they changed it to 'alimony.'

Which Curse Words Are Popular In Your State? Find Out From These Maps.

The Huffington Post | Lorenzo Ligato | Posted 07.17.2015 | Technology

We live in a country of swearers. We swear at work, as well as home. Our politicians have dirty mouths too. Studies have even shown that cursing ...

14 Absurd Things Tumblr Can Teach You About The English Language

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 07.17.2015 | Arts

While the "microblogging platform" known as Tumblr is essentially a large horde of teens knotted together by invisible strands of WiFi, it is als...

Word Origin Comics: Kids, You Can't Live With Them and...

Larry Paros | Posted 07.15.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Kelly Corrigan reminded us that "If John Lennon was right that life is what happens when you're making other plans, parenthood is what happens when everything is flipped over and spilling everywhere and you can't find a towel or a sponge or your "inside" voice."

15 Words and Phrases that Deserve to Die

Frederick W. Schmidt | Posted 07.14.2015 | Business
Frederick W. Schmidt

With spring cleaning behind us, it's time to reexamine the language we use and the real meaning of some of the expressions that have found their way into our vocabulary.

Word Origin Comics: Bread and Butter Issues for the Sexes

Larry Paros | Posted 07.08.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

How did men come to lord over women? Why is there nothing special about being a lady? How did man come to be considered the "breadwinner? For the answer to these and a few more intriguing questions about men and women and their relationship to one another, just read on.

Guns 'R Us: Our Violent Words, Our Violent Ways

Larry Paros | Posted 07.02.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Sooner or later, we'll just have to "bite the bullet" on the subject. A century ago, before anesthesia, it was common to give a wounded soldier a bullet to bite on in order to divert his attention from the pain of a battlefield amputation

Comics for the Spirit: On Becoming More Caring

Larry Paros | Posted 07.02.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Larry Paros

You know there's no "I" in "team," but believe that the "care" you need can be found in your "career." Unfortunately, you're looking in the wrong pla...

Word Origin Comics: Wow, Not Woe to Women!

Larry Paros | Posted 06.29.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

"What is a woman?" you might ask. Helen Reddy provided a partial answer in 1971 with her hit tune, "I am Woman," which she co-wrote with Ray Burton as a filler on her debut album.

Reflections of an Octogenarian: Education and the Symbols of Oppression: Charleston, Dixie, and the Confederate Flag

Larry Paros | Posted 06.24.2015 | Education
Larry Paros

As a retired educator, I often wonder whether my efforts have made any difference in the lives of my students or the course of the culture.

Word Origin Comics: How Careless Are You?

Larry Paros | Posted 06.24.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

You know there's no "I" in "team," but believe that the "care" you need can be found in your "career." Unfortunately, you're looking in the wrong place. Your career calls on you to be "careful" about your work but "careless" towards those closest to you.

29 Things Australians Say (That Americans Don't)

The Huffington Post | Aimie Rigas | Posted 06.22.2015 | Arts

Australians are fairly well known for their incredible ability to give everyone (and everything) a nickname. But there are some everyday phrases we ta...

Word Origin Comics: Honeymoon, Shmoneymoon... Bah Humbug!

Larry Paros | Posted 06.18.2015 | Comedy
Larry Paros

The honeymoon was probably invented by dentists who, by administering nitrous oxide ( AKA "laughing gas"), provided a cheap high while masking the hard digging required to get to the root of things-- leaving the patient to awaken to a large bill and the prospect of future reconstruction.

Word Origin Comics: A Father's Day Card: Who's Your Daddy? And Where Did He come From?

Larry Paros | Posted 06.18.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

It's time to once more celebrate dear old Dad. He's come a long way, from his humble beginnings in baby talk as da-da to the heights he achieved as "...

Word Origin Comics: Spousing Up Your Marriage

Larry Paros | Posted 06.12.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Our spouse is seldom the stuff of which poems are written. It's probably because of the limited number of words with which it rhymes. There's "house,"which is pretty mundane," louse," which is belittling; "rouse," which is daunting; leaving us only "souse" and "dowse"-- drunk and wet.

Who Decides What Makes A Woman?

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 06.11.2015 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Accepting a transgender woman as female doesn't devalue the institution of womanhood any more that accepting gay spouses devalues the institution of marriage.