This weekend while you are reading your copy of the Declaration of Independence, you may wonder why the Founding Fathers liked to write the letter S to look like an F. It’s called a “long S,” and it’s purely a matter of style. This particular style came into fashion during the Renaissance. If you … More The purfuit of happineff
Last time around, we talked about how you can have five times more of something, but not five times less. Today let’s look at a related issue. If you started out with one gallon of ice cream and ended up with five gallons, you now have five times more than you started with, right? No, … More As much as, if not more
Let’s say you have a dozen gallons of ice cream (any flavor your want). Then something happens and all of a sudden you have 100 percent more. So now you have two dozen gallons of ice cream. That’s because the dozen new gallons equals 100 percent of what you started with. Let’s say you start … More More or less
In “Don Quixote” I ran across this line about a host who has had enough of the knight errant’s behavior: “The innkeeper, who began somewhat to disrelish these mad tricks of his guest, resolved to dispatch him forthwith.” “Disrelish” is now on my current list of favorite words. If you want to add a little … More Let us now dis famous words
This one is about as simple as it gets: A human being is a “who.” Everything else is a “that” or a “which.” But what happens when you have a collection of human beings? Confusion is what happens. While running for president back in 2011, Mitt Romney took a lot of flak for saying, “Corporations … More Who that?
George Mikes left his native Hungary in his mid-20s and made a career out of providing a newcomer’s look at various countries. He took on the persona of someone with just enough experience to confidently show the ropes to the even newer arrivals. His 1959 book “How To Be A Swell Guy” examined life in … More Observations from a Swell Guy
Some people will be offended by what you write. Make your peace with this idea as soon as you can. As with so many other aspects of life, there are people who are just itching to tell you that you did it wrong, that it makes you a bad person and you should feel ashamed. … More The best defense is to avoid offense