Language can be complicated. Words that seemed appropriate when I was young are now considered politically incorrect. Word meanings change, and, like it or not, we sometimes need to purge our vocabulary to reflect those changes. Denotation is the dictionary definition of a world. If you look up elderly in
(The story of guitarist Yang Han originally appeared in Common Ground Magazine.) In our busy culture and high-energy jobs, we sometimes serve too long beside and around people before we allow them to expand our worlds just a little bit. From late August 2016 to early May 2017, I exchanged
Time for a pop quiz on oldies music. I can’t help it. I’m a teacher. Everything comes in the form of a quiz. There are three ways to take this quiz. 1) Answer the questions and then research the answers for yourself. That’s the hard way. 2) Reply to this
Time for a pop quiz! Maybe I’ve spent too many years as a teacher, but I can’t help turning facts into an exam. Maybe it’s because creating tests and quizzes helps me remember a few things I used to know. Either way, take a quiz. It’s exercise for your mind.