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Here’s a selection of The Guardian’s favorite neologisms of the last 10 years. These words and expressions were all coined in particular parts of the world in specific years: they’re principally slang and jargon; catching on, but still waiting to be formalized into our dictionaries. My favorite from the list is: 1.  generica: features of…

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This adore this Romance Heroine’s Don’ts List.  It’s quite amusing. I thought I’d create a list as well.  So inspired by the birth of my friends’ first child two days ago, here is my Friends and Family of an Expecting Parent Don’ts List. Please feel free to suggest additions to the list.  1. Don’t tell…

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The New Yorker’s writers list some of their favorite books of 2009. Ann Kingman, Michael Kindness and the Books on the Nightstand listeners list some of their own favorites from the past year. My hope was to include a list of my own favorite books of 2009, but it occurs to me that I read…

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The NY Times ran a piece about the most commonly shoplifted books. Oddly enough, THE BIBLE tops the list in some stores.  Perhaps people feel entitled to the word of their Lord.  Or perhaps THE BIBLE is overpriced.  I purchased a copy a couple years ago for a project that I was working on, and…

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My former student has been creating some stop-motion videos that are both ingenious and highly entertaining.  She was brilliant when I taught her in third grade, but seven years later, she’s even more impressive.  Please take a moment and check them out.  They are sure to bring a smile to your face. I’m actually thinking…

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I try not to be too political on this blog, but sometimes I can’t help it.  I’ve also been told by those who represent me to be myself and not be afraid to share my personal feeling from time to time.  Apparently readers enjoy getting to know authors on a more personal level.  I’m a…

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On December 28, 2004, I asked my wife to marry me.  My goal was to give her a proposal that she would never forget.  Here is the story: Elysha’s favorite room in the world is Grand Central Station, so I chose that as the location for the proposal.   I also wanted the proposal to…

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Mark Wilson and I are simpatico when it comes to handling movie theater talkers.  I agree with everything he suggests. On Wednesday my friend and I plan on seeing Avatar at the local IMAX theater, and if anyone dares to speak during the movie, I will take immediate action, employing some of Wilson’s suggestions with…

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When I am helping a friend or colleague prepare for a confrontation with  a coworker, boss, family member or similar individual, I often ask the same question: What is your expectation for a reasonable outcome? For example, if you know that your supervisor has strong, seemingly unwavering feelings about a decision that he has made,…

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An excellent question from Kate Ward of Shelf Life in regards to gift-giving etiquette: “Is it possible to feel good about spending $20 for a book that you despise but know your loved one will devour?” For me, it depends upon where the profits from the purchase are going.  If my loved one has asked…

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