Posts Tagged: words

The Beauty of the Hermaphroditic Snail

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by Betty Scott Surrounded by political rancor, I found myself wishing Superman would swoop in and solve global chaos. Instead I read up on Gastropods and Mollusks. One night I dreamt about … oh Hail to the Chief … Super Snail!   Snails weigh mere grams. An average adult male moves one millimeter per second. […]

When a Word Goes to War

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by Jean Waight Remember the so-called War on Christmas—just another snit by Fox News, right? In the wake of last year’s presidential election results, we—secular and religious progressives, liberals, centrists, and presumably, a good many conservatives—have looked far and wide, and at ourselves, to explain the election. But I think we would do well to […]

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by Judith Shantz “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me”. That was the childhood response to playground bullies, but it was never true. Words do hurt, far more than sticks or stones. Mindless cruelties. Retard and queer. We never outgrew it, the words just changed – redneck, welfare queen […]

What Excites Me About Writing

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by Dick Little Words! All those words. I love `em, list `em, hoard them. Steal them. Don’t you? I think they’re why I write, when it comes down to it. Especially when all that plot, character, story arc stuff eludes me. Words are the pretty candies in a story, the chocolates on the pillow* where […]

For the Love of Words

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What compels me to write? Do I believe I have a story to tell or a new way to express an old feeling? Perhaps – or not. But I do know I am driven, moth to flame, lover to beloved, by a passion for my mother tongue. I do not remember not “knowing” words. I […]