Archive for November, 2013

What Movember Taught Me About My Body

November 28, 2013

November is a wonderful month.  Depending on where you are, the leaves are changing, the weather is cold enough to start wearing layers, and spiced hot wine becomes available in my grocery stores (look up glühwein and then drink it every day).  I always liked the idea of participating in Movember as well.  A lot of my guy friends do it, and I wanted to participate somehow, which led me to this topic.

I stopped shaving my legs about two years ago.  At the time I was living in France as an au pair and I didn’t have anyone I wanted to impress.  The decision was in part due to my laziness, but it was also the realization that I don’t have much by way of leg hair to begin with, so why bother?

When Movember rolled around this year, I panicked a little.  Of course no one had a…

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Blogs I liked

November 27, 2013

Here are some of the great blogs that I liked, and worth reading.

1- http://bethtourek.com/2011/09/13/stuff-frequent-travelers-wish-we-knew/

2- http://angriestpear.wordpress.com/2011/10/26/neighbors/

3- http://inspiredeverymoment.wordpress.com/2011/10/23/10-things-you-must-let-go-of-today/

4- http://mostlybrightideas.wordpress.com/2011/09/30/don%e2%80%99t-ask-don%e2%80%99t-yell/

5- http://lizpurdy.wordpress.com/2011/09/22/an-appeal-to-wordpress/

6- http://ayestria.wordpress.com/2011/07/11/why-having-a-favorite-thing-can-make-it-your-not-favorite-thing/

7-  http://thebrandbuilder.wordpress.com/2011/12/31/the-last-year/

8- http://mind-over-madness.com/2011/12/19/why-i-will-probably-never-run-a-yellow-light-again-and-other-insights-into-a-first-time-experience/

9- http://twistedsifter.com/2011/02/picture-of-the-day-the-world-press-photo-of-the-year/

 

Thanks,

Muhammad.

Marriage Isn’t For You

November 25, 2013

Seth Adam Smith

Having been married only a year and a half, I’ve recently come to the conclusion that marriage isn’t for me.

Now before you start making assumptions, keep reading.

I met my wife in high school when we were 15 years old. We were friends for ten years until…until we decided no longer wanted to be just friends. 🙂 I strongly recommend that best friends fall in love. Good times will be had by all.

Nevertheless, falling in love with my best friend did not prevent me from having certain fears and anxieties about getting married. The nearer Kim and I approached the decision to marry, the more I was filled with a paralyzing fear. Was I ready? Was I making the right choice? Was Kim the right person to marry? Would she make me happy?

Then, one fateful night, I shared these thoughts and concerns with my dad.

Perhaps each…

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The English Language On Word Order Depends

November 25, 2013

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I-need-you-I-miss-you-I-love-you-3-love-10112773-1024-768While I’m hiking The Long Trail, I’m reposting old favorites. This one originally published October 22, 2013.

The English language on word order depends.

If that sentence doesn’t convince you, try this:

Take the adverb “only” and place it in different positions in the following sentence.

He said, “I love you.” (Nice thought.)

Only he said, “I love you.” (No one else said it.)

He only said, “I love you.” (He said nothing else.)

He said, “Only I love you.” (No one else does.)

He said, “I love only you.” (He doesn’t love any one else.)

He said, “I love you only.” (His love is exclusive.)

In The Elements of Style, Strunk and White advise that “Modifiers should come, if possible, next to the word they modify.” When modifiers are misplaced, the result is always  ambiguity – and often hilarity as well. Consider this Classified Ad:…

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Marriage Isn’t For You

November 25, 2013

Seth Adam Smith

Having been married only a year and a half, I’ve recently come to the conclusion that marriage isn’t for me.

Now before you start making assumptions, keep reading.

I met my wife in high school when we were 15 years old. We were friends for ten years until…until we decided no longer wanted to be just friends. 🙂 I strongly recommend that best friends fall in love. Good times will be had by all.

Nevertheless, falling in love with my best friend did not prevent me from having certain fears and anxieties about getting married. The nearer Kim and I approached the decision to marry, the more I was filled with a paralyzing fear. Was I ready? Was I making the right choice? Was Kim the right person to marry? Would she make me happy?

Then, one fateful night, I shared these thoughts and concerns with my dad.

Perhaps each…

View original post 594 more words