Category Archives: SAYINGS

OKAY I LIED ABOUT THE HERMIT THING

There’s an old Buddhist story about monks raking up leaves at their monastery before a visit from a revered guru. When the guru arrives, he looks out at the beautiful grounds with an appreciative smile, then raises his hand as … Continue reading

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SOMETIMES IT TAKES A GHOST

Shakespeare’s Hamlet is considered one of the greatest plays ever written. But it’s also a ghost story. The king is killed by his brother, who then marries the widow and takes the crown. The dead king re-appears as a ghost, … Continue reading

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BUTCH AND SUNDANCE

Even though I watched The Spy Who Loved Me nine times as a child, that was a drop in the bucket compared to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The 1969 western with Paul Newman and Robert Redford was basically on … Continue reading

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THANK YOU, MISS KOPP

Yesterday I wrote about a bad teacher. Today I write about a good one — Janice Kopp. Miss Kopp was my 6th-grade teacher. She was strict, scary, a grammar fanatic, and … utterly heroic. She remains one of the two … Continue reading

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PAVEL’S MOUSE

A couple months ago, I clipped a news item for my wife. It was about an alleged rape at her old high school in New Hampshire. To me, the story was of passing interest, mainly because it occurred at her … Continue reading

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BOLSHY, DOUGHTY SWEDES

The grandparents were in town last weekend. They always inject some unpredictability into proceedings. For instance, I wasn’t prepared for the intensity of my 79-year-old mother’s attention to the NFL Draft Combine. For those unfamiliar with the Combine, it’s a … Continue reading

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IF IT WAS A SNAKE, IT WOULD’VE BIT ME

My wife is up to her old tricks again, mangling idioms at an alarming rate. Here are three recent mix-ups from my Beirut-born beloved. They threw you under the river Aleen was aiming for, “They sold you down the river,” or … Continue reading

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BIG NOTHING

My friend Dora Kuhn has a good saying for an item or event which fails to live up to the hype. Big Nothing. I thought of this when I saw the movie Hugo.  What a steaming pile of crap. An extremely beautiful piece … Continue reading

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THIS LYING-AROUND SHIT

What’s the recipe for a good pep talk? To me, it’s Anger plus Encouragement plus a Little Bit of Crazy. A widely acknowledged classic was given by coach Herb Brooks to the US hockey team before their upset victory against the … Continue reading

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I SMELL A RAT

Back in the saddle after long break in Montana. I know most of you come here looking for the mixed-up idioms of my Beirut-born, Armenian wife.  However, I am going to play against type today and write about NASCAR, guns, … Continue reading

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