SHARIAH [shah-REE-ah]: a system of law deemed to be derived from the Koran

      A lot has been said and written about Islamic law over the past few years, some out of intelligence, some out of ignorance.  The fear of something “different” keeps some people from seeking the truth when it comes to things Islamic.  This is particularly true when dealing with the concept of Shariah, […]

THROES [throhz]: in great pain or discomfort over a period of time

Pain is universal, not confined to a particular gender, race, nationality, age, or political party.   It is the result of injury, stress, illness, anxiety, or any number of causes which bring about the sensation of agony.  Everyone is vulnerable to pain, and, I would suspect, every person experiences pain of one kind or another at […]

REPERTORY/REPERTOIRE: easily confused terms

A repertory company is a theater company with a standard group of actors who present a variety of productions in the course of a season.  The actors shift among roles as the production changes. A repertoire, however, is a file of  songs, poems, monologues, or other production pieces that a performer is prepared to present […]

CABINET: only in Rhode Island: a milkshake!

There’s a lot about Rhode Island that’s unique.  Like on Monday when the state observed “Victory Day.”   Rhode Island is the only state in the United States that continues to observe this day as “Victory over Japan” day.   The horrific details of that victory have caused a stir among many Rhode Islanders, but the […]

PRACTICE: to train … or … to perform after much preparation

Stand-up comedians get a lot of traction out of the idea that doctors, lawyers, or other professionals are known to “practice medicine (etc.) for years.”   The standard drum roll line is, “Wouldn’t you think they’d get it right by now?” It’s a play off the multiple meanings of the word practice, which can, indeed, mean […]

PRE-CANCEROUS: showing pathological changes that may be preliminary to malignancy.

The bump on my forehead turned out to be something worth checking, so my dermatologist took a sample.  I’m still waiting for the report back, but if it turns out to be a basal cell tumor he will bring me back in and dig it out.  I’ve had it done before, and, while it’s not […]