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Words of wisdom never grow old

I grew up in a house where words were the currency by which my brother and I gained recognition. Unlike most of our peers, where parental approval was dished out for things like making the varsity team or getting straight A’s, my dad’s highest form of praise came as a result of the words we used and how we used them.

It’s no surprise, I suppose, that my brother got his doctorate in English linguistics and I make my living as a wordsmith by writing and teaching. I absolutely loved the form and sound of words as they rolled around in my mouth.

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The power of love

I watched him care for his wife until she passed away. He was very quiet, not prone to conversation, but always had a shy smile and comfortable way about him. I didn’t see him much after she died, except when he would head out of his driveway on his 10-speed bike for one of his long Sunday morning rides. Several years passed and I watched as my neighbor painted his porch, washed his truck and cut the oleander in his yard. It was a solitary life compared to mine, which was filled with the dema...
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Bring your own light into the world!

CHANUKAH IS a holiday with many names. Some call it the Festival of Lights, while others refer to it as the Feast of Rededication or the Holiday of Miracles. To add to the confusion, there is absolutely no consensus as to its proper spelling, so you will find everything from Hanukka to Khanukkah, unless you stick with the Hebrew! Perhaps the multiplicity of spellings reflects a basic fact about the holiday: that is has multiple meanings and varied significance. The historical version of Chanuk...

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Ordinary can become extraordinary

She could do anything with her professional life that she wanted to do. Not many can boast of Sandy’s talents; she is a highly educated, talented musician, a wonderful teacher and a dedicated mother and wife. So when she told me what she does in a typical work day, I was stunned. Several days a week Sandy takes care of Ruth, an elderly, infirm woman to whom she is both care-giver and devoted companion. She does many of the things that a dutiful daughter would do — from driving her to doctor...
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The perfect time

My mother called last night when I was out. Her voice on the answering machine sounded somewhat depressed but the message belied her tone. “Hello darling, this is Mom. I’m calling with some good news. “We’ve turned the clocks back an hour so there’s only a two-hour time difference between us now. Isn’t that wonderful? Call me back soon.” Upon hearing my 89-year-old mother’s words, I immediately sensed that her message was merely a cover-up for the things she couldn’t say, eit...
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