His Words

What to do when you wake up in a Flannery O’Connor novel

A friend in one of the helping professions once told me, “I would absolutely love my job…if it weren’t for the people.” Then he laughed. (Only later did it dawn on me that his laugh didn’t mean, “I made a funny joke!” It meant, “I just said a true thing and what’s funny is that you think I was joking.”)…

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How not to be a butt while turning the other cheek

The Holidays are upon us…turkeys, trees, and togetherness. But because two of our beds left with Walter when he moved in February, ’tis also the season for the Woodses to do some jolly ‘ol refurnishing. After much research, Len ordered one of those new-fangled, highly-reviewed beds from the young upstart company, Tuft & Needle. Our queen-size mattress arrived shrink wrapped in…

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Talk is cheap (until it costs a fortune)

We are a race of yakkers. Exactly how much we talk is unclear. One oft-cited experiment put the average at 20,000 words daily for women and 7,000 for men. A separate study of college students in 2007 reported numbers more like 16,000 for females and 15,000 for males. Precise figures depend on a variety of factors—culture, gender and age of the speaker, context (coffee shop or library?), time of…

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