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Daily Yoga: A Year of Practice

January 22, 2021 6:24 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The pandemic is not over. And we haven’t yet come to the year-mark on quarantine. (I count mine beginning on March 15, 2020.) Nevertheless, I’m feeling something ‘yearly’ this week. It could be that we’re still close enough to the start of a New Year. Or, gosh, maybe something else... read more

How To Do Things With Words

January 12, 2021 6:39 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Beliefs have consequences. Actions have consequences. Like beliefs and actions, words have consequences. Words do things. What things? J.L. Austen maps them out in How To Do Things with Words (1962). Austen was an ordinary language philosopher who taught at Oxford. He was one of several language philosophers and linguists... read more

African American Vernacular English

African American Vernacular English

June 16, 2020 6:41 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

African American Vernacular English (AAVE) has a number of names, including Black Vernacular English. For many decades now linguists have studied AAVE. They understand it not as a defective form of Standard English. Rather it is a variety of English in its own right. It has its own lexicon, grammar... read more

how reading romance novels can boost your mood

Mood Boosting: Read a Romance

April 17, 2020 11:45 pm Published by 3 Comments

In January, 2015 the Wall Street Journal ran a front page article on the rise of professional cuddlers. These people might charge $1/minute to spoon. No skin-to-skin contact occurs. The cuddlers and their clients keep their clothes on. Their customers say that cuddling lessens anxiety and increases a sense of... read more