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History of Words

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.'

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."

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.

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.

Word Origin Comics: The Swinging Single and His Descent Into Madness

Larry Paros | Posted 06.09.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

To be single is a basic and primal instinct. But as Samuel Goldwyn noted, " A bachelor's life is no life for a single man," explaining why so many give it up so easily. It happens to the best of guys and faster than you can imagine.

The Top Ten Ways to Select the Republican Candidate for President

Larry Paros | Posted 05.28.2015 | Comedy
Larry Paros

The answer is simple. Have candidates compete on the Nation's top reality TV shows. It's a format they should all feel comfortable with. The GOP, after all, has had a long and contentious relationship with reality. And reality shows are to reality what Fox News is to news.

Word Origin Comics: Getting Burnt Out on Love

Larry Paros | Posted 05.22.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Albert Schweitzer suggested that we think with deep gratitude of those who have lit the flame within us. Not all, however, feel thankful for incendiary encounters. Certain past loves are simply too hot to handle.

Word Origin Comics: I'll Take Romance...You Gotta Be Kidding!

Larry Paros | Posted 05.14.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Thomas Moore considered romantic love to be an illusion, "a truth we discover at the end of a love affair or else when the sweet emotions of love lead us into marriage and then turn down their flames;" or as Ambrose Bierce put it," a temporary insanity, curable by marriage."

Word Origin Comics: Mom's the Word on This Day of All Days

Larry Paros | Posted 05.07.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

We all idealize our mothers. Abe Lincoln wrote how "All that I am or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother." Michael Jackson topped it with, "My mother's wonderful. To me she's perfection." It took the mother of an unknown commentator, however, to put such accolades in perspective, reminding her son " I told you a million times not to exaggerate."

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

Larry Paros | Posted 06.28.2015 | 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 06.23.2015 | 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 06.20.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

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

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

Larry Paros | Posted 06.15.2015 | 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 06.05.2015 | 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."

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

Larry Paros | Posted 06.02.2015 | 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.

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

Larry Paros | Posted 05.31.2015 | 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.