Writing

What Is It About Old Books?

»Posted by on Mar 25, 2013 in Books, College, Dictionary, Nostalgia, Reading, Writing | 0 comments

I just looked up the spelling of “gratuitous” in my freshman English dictionary: Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary, a Merriam-Webster, based on Webster’s New International Dictionary, second edition.  Copyright, 1956, the same year I bought it. The spine is held together with clear plastic packing tape.  I love this old dictionary. Maybe you’re wondering (probably not) why I haven’t replaced it, bought a new one, or how I function with a dictionary that is 56 years old. I muddle through with online help and spell checker, but they don’t give me comfort like  my Merriam-Webster.  I just...

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One Thing You Can’t Hide

»Posted by on Jan 7, 2013 in Achievement, Copywriting, Dictionary, Inspiration, Leadership, Management, Personal Development, Self Improvement, Self-help, Success, Wisdom, Writing | 0 comments

Knowledge is power, and knowledge is available to everyone.  If you remain ignorant, you can’t blame anyone but yourself.  How far you climb on the pyramid of achievement is determined to a large extent by your knowledge. Teach your youngsters and impress upon them the importance of knowing their language. You can’t know everything, so where do you start?  Scientific and educational studies show a clear correlation between language skills and achievement of every kind. You may live in the finest home in the most affluent neighborhood, drive the most expensive car, and dress in designer clothes, but...

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