Archives in Category: Personal Pleas

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Ten Thousand Dollars

We have an appointment this afternoon with a real estate agent. No, we’re not selling. Rather, the agent has a client who claims to be willing to pay ten thousand dollars a month for a home on water for June,

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Talking Heads

Maybe I’m just a sore loser, but I’ve grown weary of talk show hosts who have used the recent election as grist for their conversation mills. Granted, during the spring primaries, the summer conventions, and the fall race to the

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Getting Started

The hardest thing I do every day is sit down and begin. And since this activity occurs several times throughout the day, it is always a challenge.

Sit down and begin means to focus on the task at hand and move

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Grammar Grief

I’m pretty liberal about most things, but I take a conservative view of what’s happening to the English language as it is spoken and written in the United States today. Frankly I am surprised at how many people do not

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Cleaning Persons

I have had numerous services to clean my various homes over the past 25 years. Some were women who were independents; others were sent by agencies. And once, a man showed up, so I guess the title “cleaning lady” could

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Sacking 101

If you think this essay is going to be about football, then don’t read any further. You’ll be wasting your time.

Sacking 101 is a course I’d like to see supermarkets offer their employees, especially those who stand at the ends

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Brittany

For a long time now I’ve felt that Brittany Spears needs to climb off the stage, cover her navel, and go home. Instead I’m regaled via AOL and magazine racks at the grocery check-out about how she’s learning to be

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Telephone Trick

I spent part of the morning trying to change my long distance calling plan, inquiring about the recycling services of our trash disposal company, and following up on a couple health insurance questions. Since these issues all required telephone calls,

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Chicken, Egg?

The English language has a certain chicken-or-the-egg factor about it. Only it’s called the-noun-or-the-verb. And it’s all about words that begin life in one category but end up being used in the other. Often we don’t know which came first.

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Failed Writing Exercise

As a writer, I’m always interested in ways to hone my skills; so, from time to time, I do practice exercises. Recently I came across one that set me thinking. The assignment was to spend ten minutes writing down everything

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