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Quote of the Day: “Doubt Kills”

Writers are called to do the impossible: to bear their souls and stand naked before the world to endure the ridicule and fickleness of human nature. That’s enough to leave anyone shaking in their boots. We are left to wonder if we are saying the right thing, if anyone will …read more →

Sankofa, Heritage, Black History

Lexiboost: “Heritage” The First Day of Black History Month

Lexicon has been on a bit of a pause for the first month of this New Year 2013. But this first day of February marks the beginning of Black History Month. Tonight the 44th Annual NAACP Image Awards honors the talented multi-hued artists of film and television. Watching this show …read more →

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Lexiboost: “Feliciations” Merry Christmas!

Felicitations (n): an expression of good wishes; congratulation. Here’s wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a healthy, prosperous New Year! The daily vocabulary vitamin will return again in 2013. Until then, we wish you felicitations in this joyous season of love, peace, and renewal. May you have today …read more →


Lexiboost: “Nonplussed” Ball of confusion

Nonplussed: (v. used with object) 1. to render utterly perplexed; puzzle completely. (n.) 2. a state of utter perplexity. Has the challenge of this month got you wrapped up in knots? One it’s the Holiday Season and there’s so much joy and frustration wrapped up in that wonderful ball of …read more →

Be My Knife (2)

Book Talk: Be My Knife by David Grossman

By Eileen Ramos David Grossman’s novel Be My Knife is as evocative and strange as its title.  As translated from the original Hebrew by Vered Almog and Maya Gurantz, this is an epistolary novel that functions in a weird way. Instead of having all of the replies come one after …read more →

Fireworks Show VII

Lexiboost: “Bromide” Make that resolution today

By Kate E. Stephenson Bromide (n.): 3. a platitude or trite saying. 4. a person who is platitudinous and boring. New Year’s Resolution—what a crock! Never a more offending bromide have I heard. People say they are going to make those resolutions every year and before the breath has left …read more →

Connect the Dots

Lexiboost: “Concatenate” Connect the dots

By Kate E. Stephenson Concatenate [kon-kat-n-eyt] (v. used with object): 1. to link together; unite in a series or chain. In this final month of 2012, this is your opportunity to set yourself up right for the New Year. December is National Write Your Business Proposal month, and it’s also …read more →


LexiBoost: “Sardonic” No need to be snarky

LexiBoost: Sardonic: No need to be snarky By Kate E. Stephenson Sardonic (adj.): characterized by bitter or scornful derision; mocking; cynical; sneering: a sardonic grin. Cynicism is the default these days. It’s the norm to be jaded. And that’s fine—I am definitely a proponent of sarcasm as a demonstration of …read more →