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Words – so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.

~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

When I need to know the meaning of a word, I look it up in a dictionary.” ~ William Safire

Have you ever looked in a lexicon for the animal listed first?

If you have, you would have noticed a medium-sized, nocturnal burrowing mammal native to Africa, and is the only living species of the order Tubulidentata although other prehistoric species; and genera of Tubulidentata are known, and colloquially referred to as “African antbear”, anteater, or the “Cape anteater”.

Looking in the dictionary for the first animal listed is the Aardvark.

Doing a bit of research you may uncover where the name comes from.

Hint: It comes from more than one source.

When doing research you may also find that English is a language stolen most from more than one source to create a common language that separates two countries, England and America.

There are many things to be learned from reading the pages of a dictionary while also building a vocabulary.

Everyone needs a vocabulary, and be able to express themselves using both written and oral communications.

Language is used to express emotions, love, and the id.

Only by reading all manner of books and the dictionary, can one grow their vocabulary and find the right word to use in any situation.

As Mark Twain said, “The difference between the almost right word & the right word is really a large matter–it’s the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.

Any lexicon is well worth reading to help grow a vocabulary and new ways of expression in daily life. Unfortunately, there is also a caveat to a large vocabulary.

That caveat is to know when and where to use a five-dollar, or ten-dollar word when communicating.

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Robert Medak

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Future Plans

Reading is like taking a magic carpet ride to other lands and times.”

Many children change what they want to be, as they grow older. Some choose a fireman, police officer when they are young, this may change with age.

The point of all of this is the fact that there requirements and training for most jobs.

Some jobs require education past high school, and some may require advanced degrees. There is also a learning curve once you lad a job.

You be might reading textbooks, training manuals, job handbooks, and maybe even a management handbook that are related to your position in a company.

As a reader for over 60-years, there are more books than can be read in one lifetime on almost as many subjects.

If you are open to learning new things, pick a subject and look for books on the subjects that appeal to you, also check out ones that you may not like but would like to learn about that has nothing to do with your interests.

As you grow up, reader is the best teacher, if you want to be a writer.

If you choose to be a writer, please have a second source of income, because making a living as a writer is very difficult at best. There are more than 200,000 books written per year.

As soon as you start working, even a part-time job, think to the future when you are older and approaching retirement. You must have a nest egg to rely on for you to live on. Rely on yourself, not other people or the government.

Hold on to your dreams, but live in reality.

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Robert Medak

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When was the last time you read a book?

Why should you read a book?

  • You can learn about other cultures
  • You can learn numerous subjects
  • You can visit other lands while sitting at home
  • You can expand your knowledge
  • It is entertaining
  • It will make you well-rounded in your knowledge
  • Reading is relaxing
  • Reading stimulates the mind
  • Reading helps you write better

What books to read?

Choosing a book for reading is up to the person, some people like fantasy, others mystery, or books about animals of the world, books about plants. The choices are limitless.

There are books for young children to adults.

You can have something to talk about with your friends if they read; they might even read the same books you do. It is a good thing to have something in common with your friends, and can talk about it face-to-face.

If there is something that interests you, like cats or dogs, the ocean, insects, birds, or something else, a trip to the local library will be a journey into knowledge by finding books on the subject and reading them to learn more about what you enjoy.

Reading a book isn’t just for school, but an extension of things from school.

Reading before bed is a way to relax and sleep better because you will be tired and it will be easier to fall asleep.

What you were reading may also help you with reading and understanding your schoolwork better.

Practice in everything makes you better at it.

Plan a trip to the library when the weather is good and pick out some books to read. You will enjoy it.

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Robert Medak

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Be Careful on the Internet

Be careful on the internet when you post personal information about yourself when posting online.

Remember that everything you post is online forever. If you post pictures, make comments, talk about your school by name, town, and more, you never know who is reading it or how they will use that information.

Sad to say, but there are adults looking for children in chat rooms, who may do bad things to children, and are looking for children’s information they can use to come to children’s homes, school, or even parks and playgrounds and abduct them and hurt them.

Information you put online can be used by someone to bully you like many children have been.

The internet is a great place, but it can also be a place to get into trouble if you post too much personal information about you and your family. If there are things you don’t want getting out in public, don’t post them or tell anyone online what they are.

Girls like to send pictures to their boyfriend, this is a big mistake. You don’t know what he will do with it, or who he’ll share it with.

This is also true for things you share with people using a cell phone. Many people regret things they’ve post that come back to haunt them later.

Modeling pictures have cost people titles in contests, and may even hurt people in trying to get a job because many businesses use the internet to search the potential employee to see what they say and do online. Employees have lost jobs over things they’ve said about a company they work for.

As much as people like to think things are private, the truth is that nothing you put online is truly private and might be used to cause emotional harm, bullying, and get you for getting a job you want later in life.

Please, be careful what you say and post online.

 

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Christmas Time

English: Golden retriever fetching a tennis ba...
English: Golden retriever fetching a tennis ball from the ocean. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Christmas is approaching, and many children are requesting a pet for Christmas.

If you receive a pet for Christmas, remember that a pet is not like a toy you get tired of and ignore; a pet is a part of your family for life and is a living creature that needs to be taken care of.

If you want a pet for Christmas, you should also be willing to take on the responsibility of taking care of your pet, and any other animals in your home. Never ignore your pets just because you get tired of them because the novelty wears off.

Dogs and cats can live for 15 to 20 years old, unfortunately the larger the dog the shorter the life span, some breeds as low as 10 years.

When you have a pet, you are responsible for the pet’s food, water, health, training, and emotional stimulus. Pets need someone to clean their living space, have toys to play with, someone to watch out for foods that can harm them, like plants, cleaning products, and other home hazards, and kept safe from other animals. Fish that a cat can reach is not a safe environment for your fish.

Once while getting licenses for my pets, a father, and his young son came to the pound saying they didn’t want their dog anymore. The dog was a young golden retriever, if no one adopted that dog, it could end up put to sleep.

Before you ask for a pet for Christmas, think about the fact you need to care for that pet for its lifetime.

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School’s Out, What to do

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Reading a book (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is the time of year, you think about a vacation trip, or going to camp for the summer.

How about taking a book with you to read when you have a few minutes free to yourself or before going to sleep.

  • Reading is fun
  • Reading will help you in school
  • Reading is entertaining
  • Reading is a good way to pass time
  • Reading is a good way for you to learn about what interests you
  • Reading will help you understand what you read better
  • Reading can help you grow your vocabulary
  • Reading can help you with your writing
  • Reading can help you retain what you read better
  • Reading can help build character

Librarians will help you find books on subjects that interest you and are age appropriate for the age of the reader. This means that the librarian will help you pick a book on a subject that younger readers and their parents will be comfortable with you reading and won’t be too many words younger readers won’t understand.

Librarians can be your best friend helping you with books and subjects that interest readers of all ages. As you get older, they can help you learn how to find books for yourself.

You may need to write projects for school, as you get older, the library and the books inside are great for these reports on your own or with the librarians help finding the right book or books you need.

As a person in his 60s is still an avid reader, writer and book reviewer.

Pick up a book and read it, ask your parents to take you to the library, talk with the librarian and find a book on a subject that interests you.

Robert Medak

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Unicorns do exist

Many people don’t believe in Unicorns and think they are only in fantasy stories.

There is an animal called the Unicorn of the sea; this animal is the Narwhal, or Narwhale is a small arctic whale with a single ivory spiral tusk protruding from what looks like its head.

Could it be that the Narwhal is a Unicorn from the past, and made its ways into the water as a way of saving itself from becoming extinct? Is there anyone who studied Narwhals to find out?

Writers had to come up with the ideas for their stories from something they’ve seen or heard about. Writers in the past were friends of scientists, or would talk with scientists, to get information about the Science Fiction stories they wrote, in some cases, writers were scientists.

Has anyone ever delved into folklore and found that Unicorns are mythical only? There is no study found on the internet that says anyone has.

Do some research on the Narwhal and see what you can find. Start at the library to see what you can find, then come home and do an internet search for mammals, specifically the Narwhal to see what you can find.

Maybe you can write a paper about the Narwhal for school. Maybe you can write a story about Narwhals.

It’s fun learning new things about animals the inhabit the earth we all live on and see what we can find out about them.

Robert Medak

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Do You Read Books?

Bradbury receiving the National Medal of Arts ...

Author Ray Bradburysaid, “You’ve got to love libraries. You’ve got to love books. You’ve got to love poetry. You’ve got to love everything about literature. Then, you can pick the one thing you love most and write about it.”

It’s not just about wanting to write, but about learning new things. Whatever subject you want to learn about, there are books that will help you learn.

It’s my personal philosophy to try and learn something new every day. I could live in a library or bookstore and be very happy. I have been an avid reader for as long as I can remember. I have read books by Isaac Asimov to Emil Zola. I have read books of poetry, novels, short stories, mysteries, myth, religion, philosophy, physiology, zoology, phytology, botany, mammals, reptiles, etymology, and more. This is because I like all types of reading and learning things.

By reading books, you can learn about other countries, cultures, space, and many other subjects that may be of interest to you. The most powerful item in my wallet is my library card, which allows me to borrow books and read about different times, places, and times.

I have helped in literacy programs, and feel that anyone who is able to read and write should help others learning English, or those who haven’t learned to read and write, so that a new and brighter world opens before their eyes.

It’s by reading and helping people to expand their abilities that we who help, gain as much as the ones we help.

I feel that everyone should be able to read and write in their native language, which in America is American English although America has no official language.

Congress tried many times to have English declared the official language congress has never passed a bill to make it so.

Do yourself a favor, go to the library and check out a book and read it from cover to cover, you might enjoy the journey it takes you on. Remember this quote from Ray Bradbury, “I still love books. Nothing a computer can do can compare to a book. You can’t really put a book on the Internet. Three companies have offered to put books by me on the Net, and I said, ‘If you can make something that has a nice jacket, nice paper with that nice smell, then we’ll talk.’ All the computer can give you is a manuscript. People don’t want to read manuscripts. They want to read books. Books smell good. They look good. You can press it to your bosom. You can carry it in your pocket.”

Robert Medak

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Picking up Stray Animals

Should you pick up stray animals?

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The question is, can your family afford to take care of the stray while you search for a possible owner. It would be nice if the animal had a chip, or had a collar with the information needed to get the stray back to an owner.

If there is no chip or any information about the stray, making flyers about where you found the animal and placing them near the spot, so if there is an owner, they can contact you about the animal and you can return it to them.

If no one calls about the animal, you must make the choice to keep the animal and take care of it if you can, or to call your local animal control to come and pick up the animal. This choice must be a family decision, if you choose to keep the stray, than it is up to you to care for that animal.

Taking care of a stray means taking the animal to a vet for a health check, shots, medication, or anything the stray may need after the vet gives it a .

If the stray is healthy, it is up to you to care for the animal if it needs food, water, playtime, exercise, a place to sleep, maybe even a fenced yard. It all depends on the stray.

You don’t want more animals than the regulations allow for where you live, but if you do decide to keep the animal because you can’t find an owner, remember that there is a lot to do when you’re caring for any animal.

You also want to introduce the new pet slowly to make sure that it gets along with any other pets in the house. Do this by letting them meet outside somewhere away from the backyard, or any place that the pet you have feels is theirs.

Watch for any signs that the new animal and any you may have are comfortable with each other, which may take a few days.

Enjoy pets because they will teach you many things.

Robert Medak

Freelance Writer/Editor/Reviewer/Marketer

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