I’m always kind of frustrated when I hear people refer to the United States as “America” or to its residents as “Americans.” Since 2009, I have been saying that people in the U.S. are best thought of as United Statesians. As I… Read More ›
hidden power of words series
In this series, I dig deep and look at the fuller meanings and consequences of everyday diction.
Today at lunch I overheard a comment the greeter made to a customer as she seated him. She said something to the effect of so you’ve been in Lake Jackson for fifty years and then said, “so you know everybody and their… Read More ›
“All men are created equal” is, of course, one of the most essential doctrines of civil religion in the United States – a doctrine equally in sharp contrast with most human societies. While it is well-established that “men” did in… Read More ›
I’m often a bit irked at how often people–the news, politicians, and other people in the United States–discuss whether something is or is not in the Constitution of the United States, whether something is Constitutional or not. Have these people… Read More ›
My latest poem about the magical power of words on a page came during a “bell hooks” moment, that is when I wanted to sleep but my brain had other plans.
What does “life” really mean? Join me in this thought exercise!
8 Reasons to Stop Asking: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” – Hidden Power of Words Series, #21
Children and young adults are bombarded with various forms of the question “what do you what to be when you grow up” from almost day one. Such questions are important in that we need to always think about the future, but there are… Read More ›