Archive for September 2017

Chicago's new way to say goodbye: 'Be safe!'

Chicago's new way to say goodbye: 'Be safe!'
I heard it again this afternoon: “Have a good day. Be safe!” I was seeing unusual things, so I recognized that I was hearing something that’s increasingly familiar. Instead of “goodbye,” “take care of yourself,” or other expressions, I’m parting from more and more people — or hearing others part — with something between a wish and... Read more »

Waking up vs. getting up -- two times

Waking up vs. getting up -- two times
I use “waking up” and “getting up” as two very different expressions. If you’re not at your most alert as soon as you open your eyes, here’s some help talking about that. If you are immediately at your best at the same time you wake up, you might think I’d say “Leave now.” But please... Read more »

I miss you, Winston: Churchill quotations in Bartlett's

I miss you, Winston: Churchill quotations in Bartlett's
After reading two large biographies of Winston Churchill — “The Last Lion: Alone, 1932-1940” by William Manchester and “The Last Lion: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965” by William Manchester and Paul Reid, I may recall this summer most as my summer with Winston. He was such a vivid, fascinating speaker that his biographers are spoiled... Read more »
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The serious or the smirk: Charles Dickens in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations

The serious or the smirk: Charles Dickens in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations
Today I return to an old category, Browsing through Bartlett’s. For those who aren’t yet familiar with such posts, let me explain that my 1955 edition of Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations is a frequent source of joy when I’m looking for inspiration about words. As I developed the idea for this category, I decided on three... Read more »

A word worth defending? Indeed!

A word worth defending? Indeed!
Maybe it’s my eight months of re-exposure to all of the Sherlock Holmes stories, or it could be a search for a short way to text an emphatic agreement. For whichever of these reasons, or others, I present another word I’ve decided to defend — indeed. The word indeed doesn’t get out much, so it... Read more »

Time to wait? Make it time to read!

Time to wait? Make it time to read!
When I leave home, I am rarely without at least one book or magazine to read. (If I am, chances are I’m going to buy or check out something.) On the train, in the library, or in line other places, I often run into time when I want to do something beyond waiting. That something... Read more »
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