Jeraldine R.
Subscriber since: August 2009
About Me
I'm a retired college counselor/instructor, who worked long into my latter years. I am passionate about reading/studying, and the use of words. I love the English language, and strive to increase my vocabulary to its richest extent.

After retirement, I discovered a reading genre I had eschewed in my earlier life - Literature and history of the "Old West". It has been so invigorating to practice in my own little immersion program.

In conjunction with my "studies" I have added a new passion - coin collecting. I have acquired a rather nice eclectic collection - with emphasis on old American coinage. Presently, I am concentrating on one dollar coins, such as the Morgan and the "Peace" dollar. There is a huge body of information on coins, as I believe it is gaining in popularity, because of the economic downturn. For people with a lot of money, it is a safe place to invest - especially in gold coins, which is quite a ways outside my budgetary capabilities
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Favorite Word:

Reprise is a soft, but assertive word.The the name of Frank Sinatra's recording company was appropriate for the enterprise that re-recorded his work, enriching and expanding it.

Least Favorite Word:

Awe - a mixture of fear, wonder, reverence. To be stricken with awe by seeing or experiencing something wonderful or frightening - inspirinational, frightening, is not ordinarily an every day occurence. The reason I dislike the word awesome is that it bastardizes an important word, one that should be reserved to describe one's feelings or emotions when in the presence of something bigger than one's self. I especially dislike the use of it when employed by those whose bloom of youth has faded
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Favorite Quote:

""If a man does away with his traditional way of living, and throws away his good customs, he had better first make certain that he has something of value to replace them". Basuto proverb. Gave the title to Robert Ruark's novel "Something of Value", about the Mau Mau uprisings in Africa."
- A proverb of the Basuto peoples of Kenya, Africa.

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