Source: JoshBerglund19, CC 2.0 This is the latest of my short-short stories embedding a life lesson. Gail was almost perfect: beautiful, strong, brilliant—and she let everyone know it. So, from childhood, people respected but hated her. She became even more polarizing when she developed political views and a mercurial temperament that offended the intelligentsia. Yet her talents got her all the way to the U.S. presidency, although she vied with Donald Trump as the most hated person ever elected. Gail had a love-hate relationship with herself, with the hate part exacerbated during her presidency. Every morning, she’d be awakened by attacks in the New York Times. She’d get into her office to learn she was been sued by yet another activist group. She started most days already furious. Gail’s term was almost over and she had accomplished little. Indeed, her major accomplishment was to polarize the nation even further. As her presidency was about to end, … [Read more...] about Perfect Suicide?
Source: Pixabay, CC0 Public Domain This is the true story of one of my clients. I’ve changed irrelevant details to protect his anonymity. Nick and Marie wanted to marry but agreed to wait until he returned from Afghanistan---just in case. Fortunately, he returned, uninjured, no PTSD, just proud, especially in his uniform that he got freshly pressed for their reunion. Soon after they married, she got pregnant, gained 60 pounds during the pregnancy, and after their son was born, lost only 20. That combined with their having been together for a while resulted in his not feeling sexually attracted to her. When Trump got elected, their political differences, which seemed minor before, got inflamed. Marie felt that Hillary was too dishonest to vote for but Marie hated Trump so she didn’t vote. Nick voted for Trump. They fought bitterly about it—She was shocked that he would vote for Trump and Nick felt that she was narrow-minded, brainwashed by college and the media. … [Read more...] about The Trader
Source: Max Pixels, Public Domain This is the third in a five-part series aimed at helping professionals to take their vocabulary to the highest level likely needed. Each of these 21 words is used in a psychologically oriented sentence. Your challenge is to decide whether each is being used correctly, yes or no. After the answer key below, you'll see concise definitions of the 325 words I identified in doing the research for this series. They are words I had been exposed to but whose meanings I didn't know or wasn't sure of. There are worse uses of your time than to learn ten per night, perhaps just as something to do during TV commercials. YES OR NO? Is the capitalized word used correctly in the sentence? 1. Especially because he wasn’t the boss, his OFFICIOUS manner annoyed his coworkers. 2. Her BÊTE NOIRE was patients who always “forgot” to pay. 3. His CANT was particularly ironic when he, an inveterate liar, intoned, “The truth shall set you … [Read more...] about The Beyond-the-GRE Words Quiz