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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?

What's Behind Those Valentines: The Unblemished Story

Larry Paros | Posted 04.15.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

The history of Valentine's Day. How did it originate? Who was the mysterious St. Valentine? Why February 14? Why do people send us all those dopey cards? The answers to these and many other questions about VD ( Did I really say that?).

Word Origins as Comics: What You Feel Can Determine How You Feel

Larry Paros | Posted 04.13.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Sick and tired of being sick and tired? Here's the latest word on the subject. Learn how words and their origins can guide you down the pathway to good health. A little bit of sugar helps the medicine go down.

Reflections of an Octogenarian III: My Students, My Loves -- A Visual Tribute

Larry Paros | Posted 04.11.2015 | Black Voices
Larry Paros

We speak of the impact teachers have on their students. This post is how students affect the life of their teachers. Memories of my students have been an ongoing source of comfort, meaning, and inspiration for me during my lifetime.

Word Origins as Comics: That Magical Something for Which We Are All Searching

Larry Paros | Posted 04.08.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Psychologist Russell Lockhart referred to words as "eggs." Crack them open and go beyond their dry literal meaning; dig more deeply and excavate the information and images buried within. See where the words and the pictures lead us by following the connections that arise spontaneously in our pursuit of the holy grail of health.

Word Origins as Comics: How to Pay Lip Service and Speak Smack; A Brief Disquisition

Larry Paros | Posted 04.06.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Virginia Woolf said, "Language is wine from the lips." So belly up to the bar and join us for a sip. It's on the house. We continue our ongoing exploration of the body as metaphor. Today, those little rubbery protuberances below the nose.

Word Origins as Comics: How Soon They Forget: The Man Behind All Our Doublespeak

Larry Paros | Posted 04.01.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

At last, it can be revealed: how those in positions of power came by their lack of clarity; who was responsible for it; how it all took root and became our lingua franca.

Word Origins as Comics: Sticks and Stones, The Art of Poking Fun at Others

Larry Paros | Posted 03.29.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

How do I mock thee? Let me name the ways. In the wake of Charlie Hebdo, the various verbal options available to us in dealing with the inanities, hypocrisy, and contradictions with which we are confronted daily...

Word Origins As Comics: What Makes the News Easy to Swallow

Larry Paros | Posted 03.26.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

The story behind tabloid journalism; what it's all about and what makes it so palatable. A brief history of yellow journalism through a study of word origins and its beginnings.

HOT FLASH: ISIS Takes Responsibility for Deflation-Gate

Larry Paros | Posted 03.25.2015 | Comedy
Larry Paros

We've seen this movie before. Or have we? A barren desert background, a masked Islamic terrorist or two, the ISIS flag, a forlorn prisoner in ...

We've Come A Long Way Since The First Dictionary

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 01.23.2015 | Books

In 1828, Noah Webster published "An American Dictionary to the English Language," the first unabridged dictionary of American English. The two-volume ...

Word Origins as Comics: Your Body Is Speaking to You... Is Anyone There?

Larry Paros | Posted 03.22.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

How your body speaks to you is how you speak about your body. A special tribute to those body parts which for the most part go unrecognized. Caution: Only those with guts should read on.

You Might Be Using These Popular Words All Wrong

Grammarly | Posted 03.20.2015 | Books

Words improve the quality of our writing, and what better time to celebrate this than January 18: Thesaurus Day. It's no secret that all of us here at Grammarly are word nerds, but some of these definitions were a shock to us, too!

Word Origins As Comics: How Politicians Play Dirty Pool with Our Language

Larry Paros | Posted 03.19.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Round and round we go with the language of politics. Stop the babble in its tracks. Get the real story behind the words by a look at their origins. Add some pictures, and their meaning becomes even clearer.

Healthy Living Comics: The Meanest Cut of All When It Comes to Women

Larry Paros | Posted 03.17.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Attention women ! A comic perspective on a tragic issue. How the words behind a common medical procedure speak volumes about the procedure itself. Ho...

Word Origins as Comics: Why Politicians Talk the Way They Do, The Inside Story

Larry Paros | Posted 03.15.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Return with us once more to the roots of our language and the secrets they hold. Today-- how those in public office have betrayed their heritage. How they once sucked it up, and what they're most into today.

Healthy Living Comics: Up and at 'Em, People! A Quickie Guide for the Despondent and Perplexed

Larry Paros | Posted 01.15.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Down in the dumps? Popping off and popping in -- pills, that is? Give it a rest. Try a more instructive but lighter approach to things. Take a brief l...

Extray! Extray! Read All About It...The Story Behind the Sleazy Media

Larry Paros | Posted 03.14.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

What a narrative they weave-- the media, that is. Is there no way to escape their daily onslaught of fabrications? Despair no more.

How to Introduce Humor Into Your Wellness Program... and Your Approach to Life

Larry Paros | Posted 03.12.2015 | Education
Larry Paros

Don't let the language of health care get you down! Find out what's behind the words. Their roots speak directly to you about how you think about your body -- while putting a smile on your face.

Word Origins As Comics: What's Behind the Language We Are Forced to Endure Daily

Larry Paros | Posted 03.12.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

We all love words. But their roots are often forgotten or paid little heed. Word origins have a story to tell in their own right, one which expands the impact of the word and creates an ancillary reality. Tired of a pedantic approach to the subject?