Archive | February, 2011

The Language of Flowers

Posted on 21 February 2011

No one needs an interpreter to determine that red roses sent on Valentine’s Day signify passionate love.  But why do we know this?  Where did the practice of assigning meaning to specific flowers originate — and how far did it go? Given the stringent mores of the time, I’d assumed that the practice emerged in […]

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The Way We Were

Posted on 18 February 2011

With the change in the weather brings thoughts of spring after a long hard winter. It’s the time of year when Mother Nature ushers in the birth of all things; it’s a time to reminisce. They say that with age comes wisdom, and rightly so.  But after experiencing a lifetime upon which to reflect, I […]

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A Roll of the Dice, a Click of the Mouse

Posted on 18 February 2011

  When I was a child, I was taught that Limbo was the place where souls go, after they die, to await their ascension into heaven.  After the dreadful winter that we just experienced, which is still lingering, and with spring not yet here, I feel as if I’ve landed in Limbo.  I’m itching to […]

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The Levels of Poverty: How Poor is Poor?

Posted on 17 February 2011

From time immemorial, many, many people have fallen upon hard times. Society has named these people, “the poor.”  Webster’s Dictionary defines the word poor as, “lacking possessions or wealth,” among other things. In the process of living, people have been known to experience poor health, poor eyesight, poor judgment, and other things to describe the […]

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Pass the Pepper, Please

Posted on 16 February 2011

This isn’t your typical story about a woman using pepper spray to defend herself, but it is completely true.   A woman I have known for a quite a long time was en route to work one morning in the city.   As a native of the city, she had a creative job; she’d tucked her […]

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Before the Blood Runs

Posted on 16 February 2011

  If I were an extreme Leftist, I might liken our government’s recent decision to fund revolutions overseas, to the tune of $25 million, to that of foreign militant factions funding revolutions around the globe.   But I’m not a Leftist.  I’m just a law-abiding citizen … one who fears that, if things don’t turn around […]

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What Women Want

Posted on 15 February 2011

Late in the day yesterday, I ran to a nearby location of a major drugstore chain to pick up two items.  Yesterday, by the way, was Valentine’s Day, 2011.  With my items in hand, I headed toward the cash registers only to pull up short at the greeting card section. There, men from college age […]

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Police Protection or Police Harassment?

Posted on 14 February 2011

Maybe the recent conflict in Egypt was still fresh in my mind.  Or maybe the strife in our own society was heavy on my heart.  Whatever it was, last night, I was disturbed by a film I’d seen a number of years ago in the theater, a film that I had, at the time, enjoyed.  […]

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Against the Tide

Posted on 11 February 2011

Once upon a time in Ireland, a successful businessman named Paul McGuiness quit his job to manage a fledging group who came to call themselves U2.   It was a risky move, for the boys were young and raw.  But as McGuiness had explained to his wife, “This band has something.”  What that “something” was, Paul […]

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Southfork for Northern Folk?

Posted on 10 February 2011

Have the sixty inches of snow that we in the Northeast received to date this winter, the resultant fallen trees, the power outages, and the frozen roads made you long for warmer climes?  If you are seriously considering such a move, it’s time for you to investigate Dallas Homes for Sale. Through the convenience of […]

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