7 years since tinywords relaunched

Has it really been 7 years since I relaunched tinywords.com? Time flies. I am no longer editing the journal — that job has been ably taken over by Kathe Palka and Peter Newton — but I continue to maintain the technical side of the site, which is now about 16 years old. It is one […]

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Don’t panic

This is what I was searching for about not panicking and not overdoing the outrage. (click through to see Quinn’s whole thread) Let me say something to my friends about the political emotion of the moment… I have spent an unusual portion of my life in mortal danger. — Quinn's internet 👻 (@quinnnorton) November 29, […]

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If language is not correct

​“If language is not correct, then what is said is not what is meant; if what is said is not what is meant, then what must be done remains undone; if this remains undone, morals and art will deteriorate; if justice goes astray, the people will stand about in helpless confusion. Hence there must be […]

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Specific gratitude

Keeping a gratitude diary, or less pretentiously, taking some time out of every day to write down the things you’re thankful for, is an effective way to increase happiness.

And I’d like to suggest one small addition.

In addition to writing down things you’re thankful for (rainbows, puppies, burritos) take some time each day to express your gratitude to a specific person.

Specific gratitude

Hope

The radio tells me that calls to suicide hotlines are up 30 percent since the election. The news tells me that racists will be in the white house. Friends share stories with me about how bad things are about to get. A writer I respect says we have less than two months at best. People […]

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Something to lose

In the past few days I’ve been thinking about how much I have to lose. I enjoy the evenings at my son’s soccer practice, overhearing snippets of English, Spanish, and Arabic. I love the Spanish-speaking soccer moms who bring way too much food to weekend soccer tournaments, plying us with sandwiches, endless fruit salad, macaroni salad, ceviche […]

Something to lose

I’m making a stand

Both my kids go to schools where many students, and/or their parents, are going to be vulnerable to deportation. We told them both that it’s important to let everyone know that they stand against this. That there are friends who will fight…so I want you all to know this too. I’m not going to just […]

I’m making a stand