CYBER : computer, the computer network, virtual reality, modern


We are told that this coming Monday is known as “Cyber Monday,”  a commercial observance created by the folks who bring you out-of-control-materialism.    Not to be outdone by Black Friday and Local Saturday, the people at the electronics megacorporations are not featuring a day on which you can do all your Christmas Shopping online. For […]

FORTHWITH: immediately, at once


There is one meteorologist on our local TV who insists upon using the word forthwith over and over again. A storm is going to hit forthwith. The cold front has begun to affect one section of the state forthwith. People should take caution forthwith when driving. We can expect a change in the temperatures in the […]

HOLIDAY CONVERGENCE: Thanksgiving Day and Chanukah


It won’t happen again for 70,043 years.   I’m already making my reservations.  The Festival of Chanukah (Hanukkah) and Thanksgiving Day become a Holiday Convergence at that point.  The last time it happened was in 1888. There is some relationship to this convergence.   They both are festive celebrations and they both feature specific foods. The Festival […]

THANKSGIVING DAY: is it a religious holiday?

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“Thanksgiving has its historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, and has long been celebrated in a secular manner as well.”* There is no question that the c elebration of Thanksgiving Day has become a secular holiday, even a National Holiday, in America.   The Macy’s Parade, the football games, the Westminster Dog Show, food, drink, […]

AXIOMATIC [ak-see-uh-MAT-ik] : obvious, self-evident


It is amusing sometimes to be in the middle of a conversation when someone says something that is so obvious, so clearly self-evident, that it stuns those listening.  Or it may come in the midst of an article, or even something as profound as a dissertation or a scholarly paper of some kind.  Everything is […]

PRECIPITATION: that moisture that falls from the air to the ground


It’s almost a 100% chance that we will encounter some snow this week when we drive to Pittsburgh for Thanksgiving.   We haven’t had any measurable snow in our part of Rhode Island yet this year, but our friends and relatives to the west of us have tasted Winter and are already sick of it.  And […]