GUNG HO : wholeheartedly enthusiastic !

As you might imagine, the term gung ho has its origin in the military … the Marines to be specific. Most of us are not aware of it today, but the word gung ho has been in English only since 1942 and is one of the many words that entered the language as a result […]

The Penultimate Posting: Tomorrow will be my 1,000th Blog Posting!

In October, 2009, I posted my first ever blog posting along with a promise that it would be the first posted every day.   Except for a couple of days when I was in the hospital and one when my technology failed, I’ve kept that promise and TOMORROW, AUGUST 29, 20112, WILL BE MY 1,000th POSTING […]

ALGORITHM: a set of rules for finding a solution in a specific number of steps

No, you don’t have to be a well-schooled mathematician in order to understand today’s posting.   While algorithm is a word appropriately identified with advanced mathematics to describe a process for solving problems, it is not restricted to that realm.  If it were, I would have hit the delete button long before this.  Math and I […]

SACRIFICE: an offering of something of value as a benefit to someone or something else*

Let me start this posting with a list: David inconveniences himself regularly for his wife, Melissa, as a sign of love Mom and Dad forgo a special night out to attend a backyard drama staged by their children Dustin Pedroia hits into the hands of the left fielder so Jacoby Ellsbury can score from 3rd […]

FOREFRONT: the position of greatest importance or prominence

This morning I was watching an early morning news show, absorbed in the discussion of the unrest in Tunisia, Egypt, and now Yemen.     One of the commentators mentioned that selecting the primary news of the morning is tricky; a lot depends upon one’s perspective.   Some will be focused this morning on the selection of a […]

COLD: the absence of heat

My wife and I have a running issue over the definition of the word cold. I have to admit that the one I have given in the title to this posting is my own, based upon what I have claimed is a technical explanation for why we experience cold. I don’t know how much weight […]