Category Archives: Culture

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The Things People Say—3: Enthymemes

Most people know what a ’meme’ is. The dictionary definition ’meme’ is: “an element of a culture or system of behavior that may be considered to be passed from one individual to another by nongenetic means, especially imitation.” The dictionary … Continue reading

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Immersive fiction: history and other worlds


An on-going exchange about writing historical novels intersected with my reading of an ARC which the research into houses and weapons and clothing is impeccable . . . but everyone in early 1900s Great Britain sounds American. Occasionally modern American. … Continue reading

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The Things People Say—2

A Dallas police officer, who did not want to be identified, takes a moment as she guards an intersection in the early morning after a shooting in downtown Dallas, Friday, July 8, 2016. At least two snipers opened fire on police officers during protests in Dallas on Thursday night; some of the officers were killed, police said. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

As regular readers of my articles know, I have a bit of an issue with the way that people—especially highly public and influential people—use and abuse language. Some do this intentionally to manipulate their audience; others do it unintentionally out … Continue reading

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The News From 2Dits Farm: On Being Retired

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She’s a gregarious person, snappingly energetic, this former teaching colleague of mine. We’ve met by chance in the bulk foods aisle of the supermarket, and her expansive gestures can fly around unimpeded here because the section sees only light traffic. … Continue reading

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Sentence-like Sequences of Words

Today, communication fans, I’d like to dismantle four sentence-like sequences of words that have something in common: muddled meanings caused by a poor (or possibly clever) choice of words. Who said them and with what intent is irrelevant to the … Continue reading

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The Links

Links I don’t click on:  –Anything that uses the phrase “mind blown” –Or “will blow your mind” –Or “what happens next will . . . “ –Or “share when you find the . . . “ –Or “share when you … Continue reading

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Why the Bathrooms Matter

By now we all know that Department of Education and Justice have issued guidelines for public schools on how they should treat transgender students.  They basically say that transgender students must be allowed to use the bathroom, locker room, and … Continue reading

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Richard III Wins In Extra Time!

Sport is full of amazing stories. But last night Leicester City achieved one of the most amazing turnarounds in sporting history. They won the English Premier League. To put this in perspective, only four teams have won the Premier League … Continue reading

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Inspiration and Worry


In the last week, I’ve been exposed to some inspiring projects that offer real possibilities for slow but meaningful change to our world. The Amah Mutsun, a tribe of Native Americans recognized by California though not by the federal government, … Continue reading

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Why the Horse?


It’s interesting to reflect on the animals that humans have chosen as frequent companions–or that have chosen humans. While we’ve kept just about every possible creature as a pet, status symbol/zoo animal, or beast of burden, a select few have … Continue reading

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