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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.

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 03.05.2015 | 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 03.03.2015 | 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 New Direction for Our Nation? Let's Go by the Book. But Which One?

Larry Paros | Posted 02.27.2015 | 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.

Internet Slang Meets American Sign Language

Hopes & Fears | Mike Sheffield, Antwan Duncan and Andrew Strasser | Posted 02.26.2015 | Technology

As language evolves, the powers that regulate language tend to shift. Just look at the Oxford English Dictionary, who added terms like “duck face,...

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

Larry Paros | Posted 02.24.2015 | 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 02.23.2015 | 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 02.20.2015 | 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 02.17.2015 | 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 02.13.2015 | 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 02.13.2015 | 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 02.11.2015 | 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 02.09.2015 | 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 02.06.2015 | 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 02.04.2015 | 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 01.30.2015 | 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 01.27.2015 | 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 ...

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.

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...