LITIGIOUS: excessively or readily inclined to litigate

It’s something that has bothered me for years. I’ve watched us become a nation which is addicted to litigation. We are a litigious society. There was a time within my memory when the act of suing someone was more isolated, reserved for only the most serious events. It may be that I was raised in […]

IRENIC: tending to promote peace or reconciliation; peaceful or conciliatory.

Tea Parties, shouting Senators, Tweets filled with angry words, Becks, Limbaughs, Foxers,cynics,too, Birthers and lemming herds. The fury of these months gone by has weakened…undermined… a nation seeking after change; a nation redefined. The doubts and rumors planted in the minds of frightened folk have blosssomed into warlike thoughts, their hopes gone up in smoke. […]

AL QAEDA: a network comprising both a multinational, stateless arm and a fundamentalist Sunni movement calling for global jihad.

I have made reference to Al Qaeda numerous times over the past several months. My assumption has been that because the term is used so frequently in the media and in political speeches, people must know what it means. The reality is that some people don’t have a clue what is meant by Al Qaeda. […]

RIGHT BRAINED: being more adept at spatial and nonverbal concepts and being more creative and emotional than logical and analytical.

I’m not good at math. I mean…I’m really not good at math. In undergraduate school they offered what one might call “Math for Dummies” in order to allow people like me to fulfill the math segment required for graduation. I liked the course so much that I took it three times. Finally I squeaked through. […]

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: property that results from original creative thought, as patents, copyright material, and trademarks.

Artists, writers, poets, and musicians are faced with the issue of protecting their products from theft. They are forced to register their products under a legal process which is called “Intellectual Property Law.” It is not an easy process, and it is not foolproof. It’s hard for such artists to make a living at their […]

SUPERLATIVE: of the highest kind, quality, or order; surpassing all else or others; supreme; extreme

Frequently I am critical of those who gravitate to superlatives without restraint. Everything is the greatest, the best, or the most wonderful. There are no gradations, no limitations, or no less than outstanding. This is especially true when people talk about their children or their grandchildren. But last night we sat in a restaurant on […]