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News Roundup for March 16, 2017

Outspeak | Posted 03.16.2017 | Politics

News happens and we tell you about it here. Every. Single. Weekday. 1. Syria’s civil war is in its sixth year, with no sign of letting up. Suicide ...

The Bible Unlocked: The Word

Kristina Kaine | Posted 02.28.2017 | Religion
Kristina Kaine

"Every one should consider his body as a priceless gift from one whom he loves above all, as a marvelous work of art, of undescribable beauty and mast...

The Power of the Limbic Brain

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 02.12.2017 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

Feelings and emotions that motivate or paralyze us lie within the limbic system. Our awareness that our emotional life colors our performance can liberate us from some brain chains.

I'm Just Saying... What Am I Saying?

Reetu Gupta | Posted 08.14.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Reetu Gupta

I'm just saying.... One of today's catch phrases. But what people do not realize is whatever you 'just say' has the effect to change you, change oth...

Prejudice: A Dangerous Defense Mechanism

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 07.31.2016 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

"Prejudice is a great time saver: You can form opinions without having to get the facts." -- E. B. White Prejudice is described as an unfavorable opi...

Word Power

Richard M. Cohen | Posted 08.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Richard M. Cohen

The power of language to define or wound cannot be denied. All of us know expressions that demean based on race and gender or mental health. I once heard a surly neighbor call my father a cripple. Unkind language keeps narrow-minded attitudes alive.

9 Words You Probably Hate (And Why You Hate Them)

Madeleine Crum | Posted 09.05.2013 | Home

You could describe our relationship with words as love-hate. They often make us swoon, but sometimes, they make us cringe. It's not always their fault...

To This Day Project: Interview with Anti-Bullying Video Creator Shane Koyczan

Shira Lazar | Posted 04.24.2013 | Impact
Shira Lazar

Based on a powerful spoken word problem, Shane Koyczan's To This Day Project explores the profound and lasting impact that bullying can have on an individual.

BRB, I'm Throwin' Down: A Survival Guide for Teenage Slang on the Internet | Posted 10.30.2011 | Comedy

It appears teenagers have become sentient. They're infiltrating our society, they've learned how to walk upright (sort of), and they've even started to create their own cryptic language.

Finding Love In Bookstores: An Eyewitness Account

Slate Magazine | Emma Straub | Posted 06.04.2011 | Home

Several years ago, when I was not a bookstore employee but merely a regular customer, I wrote up BookCourt, an independent bookstore in Brooklyn, for ...

Google Tool Explores 'Genome' Of English Words

The Guardian | Alok Jha | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

These are just some of the questions that researchers and members of the public can now answer using a new online tool called the "Cultural Observator...

On Words: 'Global Warming' Meets Astrology

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

Crossposted with Friday a little, light, linguistics lesson. Breaking from TheGreenGrok formula of sharp, cutting-edge pieces...

Grammar Pet Peeves: 7 'Words Almost Everyone Mixes Up Or Mangles' (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

As a kid, did you ever dread being sent to the principle's office? Or have you ever asked someone to be discrete with delicate information you've giv...

What's in a Word?

Jon Foreman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jon Foreman

In many ways, words are metaphors pointing to the objects they represent.