27 Words

27 Words

“I make my living selling verbs.” This statement popped into my mind a few weeks ago, like a prophecy. I had the very clear sense that it was true, or would be at some future time. I’m still waiting to learn what it means. Sales guru Blair Warren is...

I am excessively diverted.

“I am excessively diverted.” That’s what Elizabeth Bennet said in Jane Austen’s novel, Pride and Prejudice. She was diverted by the report of a forthcoming marriage proposal. I am diverted, on a daily basis, by almost anything at all. Divert as...

Mailer Daemon

Yesterday I went walking in the woods with a friend, scrambling up and down the escarpment and strolling along the valley floor. The conversation began with the weather, moved on to New Year’s Resolutions, then past regrets, and ended with a discussion of...
Adopt a Word

Adopt a Word

I am writing this post in the atrium of the Toronto Reference Library, beside a fountain that creates a pleasing soundscape for my work. I came because I am between meetings and needed a quiet place to write. But these networked nuclei of words and ideas are so much...