Weaponizing Language; Using the "D" word

We learn very early in life how to weaponize language. School yard taunts, the verbal abuse we hurl at our siblings and our peers, the calculated assaults by our bullies begin to show us how language can be a weapon. Sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never hurt me. “ –English language childhood rhyme How very wrong we are. Missteps and misuse of language can have serious consequences and unforeseen repercussions. Current culture shows us how language can be politicized and weaponized. Here are a couple of links to sites that discuss it; Weaponizing language historically … Continue reading Weaponizing Language; Using the "D" word

I don’t have the self-esteem to do nothing

‘Doing nothing’… Think about what that actually means in the context of your life, and then consider what it means to your life in retirement. It takes knowing a lot about yourself, and what is important to you to be able to sit and contemplate the world.  Some of us need more than just a good book, a good cup of coffee and good company to feel good about doing nothing.  This isn’t the same as ‘being still‘.  Doing nothing in this context is about just that; doing nothing.  Its about not participating, not interacting, not getting out there and … Continue reading I don’t have the self-esteem to do nothing