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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 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.

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."

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.

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.

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 05.19.2015 | 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 05.11.2015 | 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 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.