Category: Parts of Speech

Slow time: do something new

“Time is a very misleading thing.” —GEORGE HARRISON There’s a countdown happening in a small square on the bottom left corner of our kitchen whiteboard. Last time I remember looking, the number was 47. This box, updated daily by someone in this house, shows how many days until a concert coming up this summer. My kids seem to like this […]

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Protecting your down time

“I want summer to feel like summer again…. Unfettered by adults’ fears. Unshackled from adults’ expectations. Feel to play—yes, even as teenagers—free to live their own lives and learn something about who they are, and who they hope to be… in an afternoon that would turn into evening, with little regard for bedtime or what was on the schedule for […]

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Taking a selfie for a good cause

Selfie (n): A picture taken of a person by that person. There’s no escaping it is there? Selfies. They are a fact of life. Personally, I’m slightly uncomfortable even saying the word. I don’t like the reverse option on my phone’s camera any more than I like the prospect of FaceTime for an average phone call. A voice phone call, […]

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Sensing ‘the power of action’

“All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.” —ERNEST HEMINGWAY It’s been called many things. Karma. Seren­dipity. Fate. Coinci­dence. Person­ally, I prefer “the power of action.” I don’t know how common this is, if I’m one of a million more people who find things at the exact moment I need them, […]

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Casting an essay into the hat

“If I’d danced with the Shadow, who knows? Maybe others would’ve joined us. Maybe they would’ve danced their hearts out, thanked us for getting them up on their feet and vowed they’d never forget us.” —SHARON RANDALL In western Maine on a piece of ground among 12 acres sits a picturesque 210-year-old New England bed and breakfast serving its guests […]

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Luck doesn’t explain success

“I would wish you luck, but I believe luck is a concept invented by the weak to explain their failures.” —Ron Swanson, “Parks & Recreation” According to C. Hope Clark, a novelist and blogger from South Carolina, “If something isn’t working for you, it isn’t friggin’ luck. It’s you needing to do more.” She is excellent at writing editorials in […]

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It takes effort to do nothing

“The problem, simply put, is that we cannot choose everything simultaneously. So we live in danger of becoming paralyzed by indecision, terrified that every choice might be the wrong choice.” —ELIZABETH GILBERT This is a saga about my kitchen floor. It’s overly dramatic as my kitchen floor has no real relevance to relevant things. But against my own nature, it […]

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Sometimes it takes a nudge

“The false assumption is that almost all people, almost all of the time, make choices that are in their best interest or at the very least are better than the choices that would be made by someone else.” —EXCERPT FROM “NUDGE” BY RICHARD H. THALER Experiments on human behavior are in full force inside stalls of the men’s restroom at […]

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Alternative promises for Lent

“Thank you, Ben and Jerry’s, for releasing your newest ice cream The Tonight Dough starring Jimmy Fallon…just in time for Lent.” —JIMMY FALLON, THANK-YOU NOTES My last Lent give-up attempt was a neglected New Year’s resolution. Everybody deserves a second chance, but I don’t feel completely comfortable with recycling failed resolutions into a Lenten sacrifice. So instead, I have simply […]

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Valentine’s Day: how sweet it is

In 270 A.D., the Roman Emperor Claudius II outlawed marriage for young battle-worthy males because he believed married men made second-rate soldiers. He wanted a land full of fighters, not lovers. A born romantic turned bishop named Valentine believed that marriage was intended by God and refused to obey this law. To aide in continuing this natural process, he continued […]

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