Sharon Mindy

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On the Lighter Side

On the Lighter Side

Traditions that Need to Go Out of Style: Thank You Notes

Thank you notes. Were they foisted upon us by greeting card companies, or is there someone else I should blame? I have nothing against thank you notes themselves, just the social compunction to write them. Most of the time, I still dutifully snail mail my “thank you” when somebody gives me a gift. I guess it’s one of the die-hard remnants of my Very Traditional Upbringing. But if this point of etiquette were to join those that have already fallen by the wayside in modern  ...

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Faith & Spirituality, On the Lighter Side

Things People Say: Christianese Edition

Christianese: a dialect in its own right, spoken by an entire subset of English language users. Like the wind, you don’t see where it comes from, but you see what it does (mostly, makes us look silly). First up, we have money-related Christianese.This really is a thing, you know. We have almost as many euphemisms for giving money as we do for death, which is really telling of what makes us uncomfortable when you think about it. Nevertheless, a whole host of “Christian”  ...

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On the Lighter Side

10 More Things That Make No Sense

1. The expression “Falling in love.”  Why is it falling? On what higher level was I before I fell, and (most importantly) what condition will I be in after I’ve fallen? Is it accidental and unplanned like falling into a ditch, falling down stairs, falling asleep? If so, why does the world seem so addicted to the experience? 2. Getting “tipsy” drunk. Failing to “please enjoy responsibly” causes headaches, dehydration, dizziness, and a general feeling  ...

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Lifestyle, On the Lighter Side

To Stay Awake, Perchance to Be Productive

People ask me if I’m an early bird or a night owl. I don’t think I’m either one. When I think early bird or morning person, the image that immediately comes to mind is one of a hardcore spartan who lives on granola and celery and gets up at sunrise every day to go on a 5-mile jog. Well, that’s not me, exactly, which my worn-out snooze button would tell you if it could talk. And when I think night owl, I think of my freshman year college roommates, who  ...

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