How to sling the slang

detective slang tutor

WAITING PATIENTLY ON MY BOOKSHELF for the occasional trip down my father’s Memory Lane is a 65-year old copy of The American Thesaurus of Slang. I think the book is out of print by now, but in its day it must have been the essential reference manual for detectives, sailors, and other niche inhabitants whose…
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Is Fast-Food Content Making Us Fat & Lazy?

The Social Media Idiot

PERHAPS I JUST need to be watch my diet. Admittedly, as a content creator, I end up ingesting mass quantities of social media every day. But lately my stomach has been churning over what I’ll call fast-food content. I think it’s adding up to too many empty calories for all of us, in an already…
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How to find beauty in the bittersweet of Christmas

Teen with iPhone

CHRISTMAS EVE is tonight, and if, like me, you’re no longer eight,  you may soon be ruminating on the paradoxes, contradictions, and ironies of the Season. For those of us in the West, there may be no greater philosophical clash than between the frantic celebration of abundance that Christmas has become and its impoverished beginnings; between…
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The 2 things we love and hate about technology

Image searches yield odd results

GOOGLE IMAGE SEARCH includes a tool I find fascinating, because instead of requiring you to describe in words what you want to see, it allows you to provide an image you’d like Google to match. But it also says a lot about why we’ll always need people to ride herd on technology. I’ll elaborate on that below,…
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Are we telling stories on ourselves?

DID YOU EVER wonder how much our creative “offspring,” those ideas, innovations, or enterprises we personally give birth to, reflect or reveal who we are as individuals? That question occurred to me just a few minutes ago when I came across a story I wrote years back, stream-of-consciousness style, scribbling it atop the collage at…
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What do we get out of giving?


OKAY, THIS IS GOING TO SOUND WEIRD. Self-aggrandizing perhaps. Or self-serving. Maybe all three. I hate it that it might sound that way. But honest, that’s not at all what I’m trying to do here. Instead it’s a revelation that I want to share, one I had just this morning, triggered by a comment on…
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The Case for Authenticity

“I WENT THROUGH some very tough years after that and have just found my love for music and life again…I don’t remember much of those years or my life..” Just hours ago, I read those words in an email from a musician acquaintance I hadn’t talked to in almost ten years. He was in part…
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