Do writing disfluencies exist?

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Every few weeks I sift through the NPR podcasts; I always find an interesting array of interviews and news programs that give much to ponder. One I recently stumbled upon was an interview of author Michael Erard for his recent release, Um . . . Slips, Stumbles, and Verbal Blunders,…

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A bit of language psychology

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Michael Erard is a journalist and linguist specialist who was recently interviewed by NPR on their Science Out of the Box program to discuss his recent book, Um . . . : Slips, Stumbles, and Verbal Blunders, and What They Mean. During the interview, Mr. Erard explains that as we…

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Fresh eyes with a vision for godliness

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One thing I love about traveling is getting out and seeing the world outside my usual bubble. Travel allows me to see new places and new faces and somehow that makes everything familiar look slightly new once I return home. And travel always provides fodder for some great stories and…

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On the fringes of my heart

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Over the past four days, Life Action has been at my church delivering their THIRST Conference, which focuses on personal and corporate revival. God has used this team to speak solid truth that has cut to the depths of my soul. How grateful I am for the opportunity to hear…

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An emotional workout with Coach Dory

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I am not a fan of insects. Never have been. My mom recalls a summer I spent indoors during my elementary school years because I didn’t like the bugs flying around. I’ve grown out of that (meaning, I don’t stay inside to avoid the bugs). The dislike for insects has…

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Walking by faith _________.

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How would you finish that sentence? I finish it like this: Walking by faith takes a lot of faith! Oh, how I wish following Jesus in faith were always bouncy and fun, like playing with Tigger or following Mary Poppins into that sidewalk chalk scene. I’ve found it to be more…

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Ahhhh, new mercies

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Isn’t true that some days are just better than others? We’ve all gotten up on the wrong side of the bed feeling tired, cranky, and so-so about ourselves and our lives. Some weeks I wonder if I will ever get up on the right side of the bed again. Today…

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Respect for people in need

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As much as my heart breaks for people in Africa who lack clean water, I have been reluctant to sit down and “get a plan” for greater involvement. The small things I do I hope are a true help in a tangible sort of way. But often my success and…

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A sense of the “present” God

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It is in the starkness of death that the reality of life is laid bare. Here we stop short, faced with the truth that we all must face. Over the weekend I had two funerals to attend; one for my husband’s grandfather, the other for a dear family friend of…

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