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Did you know there are approximately 100 different idioms, if not more, using body parts? Just the other day I started humming “Heart of My Heart, I Love That Melody,” an oldie but goodie sung by The Four Aces. True, many of you may not be old enough to remember that song, but it surely stands out in my mind. Read more

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Something just occurred to me recently. Upon hearing the phrase, “Hey Pee Vee, act your age.” I was not acting but being myself. So many times, in the course of events of our lives, we react to statements made, ways we are treated or occurrences that are about to happen. I really believe that if we are brought up a certain way, our overall response will be according to the patterns set before us by our parents. Read more

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Have you ever heard or uttered a sentence and then thought, “I’ll bet no one’s ever said that before”? For instance, yesterday I was playing with my daughter, Maeve, who is three-and-a-half. She has some stretchy, colorful toys called Monkey Noodles. Maeve has a vivid imagination, but I’ll spare the details of the game she invented only to say the game ended with me exclaiming, “We don’t put Monkey Noodles in our mouths after we bake them in our tummy ovens!” I doubt the same words had ever been put together in the same order in the same sentence before, and I doubt they’ll ever need to be uttered again. Read more

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While talking to a gent on the telephone, he happened to bring up what he considered the reason for the high divorce rate. Plainly put, he pointed out, “The reason June Eman decided to split up with her husband was due to the fact that she fell out of love with Jim.” He went on to state that he felt that they were married quite a long time anyway — eight years. Read more

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It’s amazing how two words, “made to,” have fit into our vocabulary ever since we were small children. Rather than using those two words, we may have substituted “enforce” instead. After all, when we were younger, “compel” was a grown-up word and usually not one children would be prone to use. Read more

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I took my son Miles to get his hair cut this past weekend. Miles’ barber has recently moved into a new salon down the road. The new spot is inside a larger salon called Phenix Salon Suites, a national chain of salons. Although California-based Phenix Salon Suites has a growing nationwide presence, I can’t help but cringe at the business’ spelling: Phenix. It should be “Phoenix,” shouldn’t it? Read more

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A number of years ago, I was talking to the choir director of the church I attend when all of a sudden, she blurted out, “My bad!” Ever since then, I hear more people using that expression. What she was trying to tell me was that she had erred or made a mistake. Other people may have called it a wrong or even a sin. Whatever word one uses, they all mean the same thing, at least as I see it. Read more

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Do you ever have a hard time coming up with the right word? You get stuck and pause in the middle of a sentence, grasping to remember the name of that type of knife technique where you dice vegetables until they’re incredibly small. By the way, the term you’re looking for is “brunoise,” but you can’t quite retrieve it from the place in your brain where that word lives. Read more

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There is more to Easter than sharing stories about the Easter Bunny, painting eggs or going on Easter egg hunts. Instead of putting our minds around worldly things, we should embrace the words of Jesus Christ during the Last Supper and then meditate on the acts He tolerated on the way to Golgotha, where He was crucified. That should be our mindset. Read more

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As long as I’ve written this column have I never ever written a series of two or more stories that have the same relevancy. Last week, I wrote about the “intelligent ghosts” that frequented my parents’ house and how I personally observed them in action first-hand. I was going to tie in the story I’m writing for today but didn’t have enough space to do both. So, I decided to explain the quandary of my last meeting with Zelda today, an incident that left me awestruck. Read more

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I’ve been contemplating a new parenting tactic: pre-emptively teaching my son bad words. Miles is seven, and he will someday know all the same expletives as I do. Because of this, I surmise that he ought to learn the words in context from his dad. That’s why I’ve started a spreadsheet in which I rank bad words from the tamest to the most profane. I’ll teach him two words per year with proper context and word origins, and keep instructing him until I exhaust the list. Read more

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Ever since Nov. 22 of last year, I have decided that I was going to do everything I could to protect myself from getting the coronavirus (COVID-19). That meant staying in my house, spending most of my time traveling between my bedroom, kitchen, bathroom and living room. Occasionally I would go downstairs to bring up packages that either the USPS or UPS dropped off beside my door. Read more

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It’s so easy to get bored in our confinement of being quarantined if we don’t use our time wisely and do something with it that will pay off in the long run. Recently as I sat talking to my daughter on the phone, did I realize I got where I have in life because I followed each passion to the fullest, developing three avenues to keep me busy from day to day. Read more

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I’m guilty of it and most likely, so are you. As a matter of fact, very few of us don’t use idioms. “And what are they?” one may ask. “An idiom is a commonly used expression whose meaning does not relate to the literal meaning of its words.” Formally defined, “An idiom is a group of words established by usage as having a meaning not deducible from those of the individual words.” Read more

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We are living in times like no other. Never in the past, as long as I have been alive, have I had to stay locked up in my house for safety’s sake so as to not catch various strains of the coronavirus (COVID-19). And the hard thing is, since my wife passed, I have no one to cook for. Of course, when she was alive, the only time she allowed me to make her a full dinner is when I was courting her. We had spaghetti and meatballs by candlelight. Doesn’t that sound romantic? Read more

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Since I’ve been confined in my quarters, thanks to COVID, I have to admit, I’ve been watching way too much more television than I should be. Oh yes, I’ve been reminded to read some of the many books that have been piling up on my bookshelves. But if it were only that easy. It’s not that I don’t want to. My problem is when I attempt to give it a try, I find myself falling asleep not once but time after time. Read more

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