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Word of the Day: July 30, 2020

Word of the Day: July 30, 2020

higgledy-piggledy  Definition: (adjective) In utter disorder. Synonyms: hugger-mugger, jumbled, topsy-turvy, disorderly Usage: My mother ordered me to straighten up my room and get rid of the higgledy-piggledy piles of clothing littering my floor.

by · July 30, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Whose Birthday Is It? July 29, 2020

Whose Birthday Is It? July 29, 2020

Ken Burns (1953) Burns is an acclaimed American director and producer of lengthy historical documentaries. Known for his extensive use of archival footage and photographs, he is considered one of the most influential documentarians in the US. His films have been among public television’s most-watched programs, and include The Civil War, Baseball, Jazz, The War, and The National Parks. The Civil War is considered to be his masterpiece. What is the “Ken Burns Effect”? More…

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Quote of the Day: July 29, 2020

Quote of the Day: July 29, 2020

Belladonna, n.: In Italian a beautiful lady; in English a deadly poison. A striking example of the essential identity of the two tongues. Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

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Word of the Day: July 29, 2020

Word of the Day: July 29, 2020

purloin  Definition: (verb) To steal, often in a violation of trust. Synonyms: cabbage, filch, pilfer, snarf, swipe, abstract, nobble, pinch, sneak, hook, lift Usage: Someone at the party purloined my emerald ring! Discuss.

by · July 29, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Whose Birthday Is It? July 28, 2020

Whose Birthday Is It? July 28, 2020

Malcolm Lowry (1909) Lowry was an English writer known for his articulation of the spiritual desolation of the modern individual. His reputation rests on the semi-autobiographical 1947 novel Under the Volcano. Set in Mexico—from which Lowry was once deported—it recounts the last day of a dispirited, alcoholic, former British consul. Though critically praised, it received popular recognition only after Lowry’s death—probably from the effects of alcoholism—at 47. What is listed as his official cause of death? More…

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Quote of the Day: July 28, 2020

Quote of the Day: July 28, 2020

Certainly virtue is like precious odors, most fragrant when they are incensed, or crushed: for prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue. Francis Bacon (1561-1626) 

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Word of the Day: July 28, 2020

Word of the Day: July 28, 2020

dither  Definition: (noun) An excited state of agitation. Synonyms: fuss, pother, tizzy, flap Usage: I was in such a dither while getting dressed this morning that I accidentally left the house with mismatched shoes. Discuss.

by · July 28, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Whose Birthday Is It? July 27, 2020

Whose Birthday Is It? July 27, 2020

Vladimir Galaktionovich Korolenko (1853) Korolenko was a Ukrainian-Russian writer. Arrested for revolutionary activities in 1879, he was sent to various places of exile where he wrote many of his lyrical short stories, notable for their descriptions of desolate nature and the lives of the poor. After 1895, he devoted himself to liberal journalism. Greatly honored in Russia, he reservedly welcomed the 1917 revolution but later opposed the Bolsheviks. His most famous story, “Makar’s Dream,” describes a dying peasant’s dream—of what? More…

by · July 27, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Quote of the Day: July 27, 2020

Quote of the Day: July 27, 2020

You had no right to be born; for you make no use of life. Instead of living for, in, and with yourself, as a reasonable being ought, you seek only to fasten your feebleness on some other person’s strength. Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855) 

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Word of the Day: July 27, 2020

Word of the Day: July 27, 2020

upbraid  Definition: (verb) Express criticism towards. Synonyms: reproach Usage: Eleanor upbraided her husband for forgetting to pick up the dry cleaning. Discuss. 

by · July 27, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Whose Birthday Is It? July 26, 2020

Whose Birthday Is It? July 26, 2020

Aldous Huxley (1894) Huxley was a British writer known for his works of witty and pessimistic satire, like Antic Hay (1923), which established his reputation as a novelist. In his acclaimed Brave New World, he envisions a nightmarish, scientifically controlled future society that underscores the dehumanizing aspects of technological progress. His later works reveal an interest in philosophy and mysticism. Though he spent much of his life in the US, he was repeatedly denied citizenship for what reason? More…

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Quote of the Day: July 26, 2020

Quote of the Day: July 26, 2020

If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

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Word of the Day: July 26, 2020

Word of the Day: July 26, 2020

titter  Definition: (verb) To laugh in a restrained, nervous way. Synonyms: giggle Usage: Mention sex therapy and most people will titter with embarrassment. Discuss. 

by · July 26, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Whose Birthday Is It? July 25, 2020

Whose Birthday Is It? July 25, 2020

Thomas Eakins (1844) Perhaps the greatest American artist of the 19th century, Eakins lived, worked, and taught in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for most of his life. There, he painted The Gross Clinic in 1875. Depicting a surgical operation, it was initially criticized for being too realistic, but it is now seen as his masterpiece. Eakins was an influential art teacher, but his decision to use nude models of both sexes in mixed-gender classes caused an uproar. What incident led to his resignation in 1886? More…

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Quote of the Day: July 25, 2020

Quote of the Day: July 25, 2020

Do not mind anything that anyone tells you about anyone else. Judge everyone and everything for yourself. Henry James (1843-1916)

by · July 25, 2020 · Bulletin Board