Subscriber since: May 2009
Location: Eugene, OR
About Me
After taking years to grow up and discover the world (more or less taking my retirement while I was still young), I went back to school in my 50s. Shortly before my 60th birthday, I graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Oregon, with a BA in English. I am extremely lucky to have the perfect job right now. I work from my home for a wonderful behavioral scientist who wants to make the world a better place. He is a prolific writer, and I edit everything he writes. I began as a secretary, then moved up the ranks until I outgrew my job. Eventually, they created a new job description for me because no one else was doing what I do there (well, here at home, actually, often in pajamas, by the woodstove, with my critters around me). I love reading. I read with a dictionary at my side: my dictionary has hundreds of post-it markers sticking out of it, as I highlight and mark every new word I learn. This visual thesaurus is amazing and I know I will use it ceaselessly.
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Favorite Word:

joie de vivre
I love the way this phrase sounds, and I love its meaning. When I was very sick for several years, I lost my joie de vivre and I know what life is like without it. I prefer life with it!
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Least Favorite Word:

It is overused in the media to the extent it has become banal (one of my favorite words)
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Favorite Quote:

"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend, and inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."
- Groucho Marx

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Comparative Nonsense
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