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Working the night shift at the Bethlehem Motel

The night manager of the Bethlehem Motel tossed the cup of old, cold coffee into the trash can and gave a quick, end-of-shift report. By dusk, every last room had been snatched up. But when he flicked the switch so the sign out by the highway could announce to travelers, “NO Vacancy,” nothing happened. The repairman had obviously not come as promised. The night manager said he marched straight over to the computer and fired…

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Coming down to earth at the holidays

Advent is the shortened form of the Latin word adventus. It means “coming.” What a perfect name for this season. Everything is coming at us during the holidays. Colder weather comes, usually. Calendar craziness always comes—on consecutive nights it’s possible to have a play, a party, a performance, a pageant, then another party. Each weekend brings the arrival of better doorbuster sales and bigger blockbuster movies. That end-of-the-year letter from your…

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Some words about words (and about “the Word”)

I read yesterday where the Oxford American Dictionary recently chose its 2012 “Word of the Year.” The winner? “GIF,” a 25 year-old noun (from the world of technology) that morphed this year into a verb meaning “to create a GIF file of (an image or video sequence, especially relating to an event).” “GIF” beat out a number of other finalists, words…

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