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  • interfaith cooperation in Germany
    Relativism and pluralism: ongoing debate
    In a report about the NAIN Connect gathering in Detroit last August published at State of Formation, Ellie Anders describes the profound friendships that she saw among the older generation of interfaith activists, noting that interfaith...
  • Dictionary
    Things that can be found in a dictionary
    It is amazing the number of people of all ages who have no idea of all the information one can find in a dictionary. Teachers find it quite evident when referring students to dictionaries only to realize they seldom have little idea how to use it...
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    A - Z of Writing Creatively: I is for In Medias Res
    I is for In Medias Res When learning how to write fiction, especially stories, one is told that there is a very clear beginning, middle, and end. This is basic plot structure and is elementary knowledge for any writer, it is also a very simplistic...
  • Hyperbole Definition
    A - Z of Writing Creatively: H is for Hyperbole
    H is for Hyperbole In the current century many times people will exaggerate a story or use sarcasm to undermine something therefore stating that things can no longer be taken at face value. This is the same with symbols and metaphors as well in...
  • Definition of Flashback
    A-Z of Writing Creatively: F is for Flashback
    F is for Flashback Opening Paragraph Although many times there are great tragedies and brilliant opportunities for success within America, or really any country, it may still be important to learn the tricks and techniques that people approach...
  • Fictionary
    The very definition of fun
    From a book in progress, “Stories from Room in the Inn”:We played Fictionary as a class activity yesterday. In Fictionary, one player finds an uncommon word in the dictionary, announces it to make sure that none of the players knows it...
  • Berries
    Berries: An English mistake?
    They are everywhere and used for seemingly everything including sustenance, pigment extraction, even cosmetics. At first glance, the fruits included in the berry family appear to truly be of one species. After comparing fruit names and meanings...
  • Oxford English Dictionaries
    Consult a dictionary, then consult a few more
    Words themselves are quite marvelous. In the English language, it’s difficult to even count the number of words due to word origins (Latin, Japanese, Greek), forms (slang, abbreviations, hyphens), classes (adverbs, adjectives, nouns), and...
  • All white bed
    Interior design terms and definitions series T-Z
    The Interior design and decorating world can be a confusing place to be. If you live in South Carolina and would love to find an Interior designer or decorator, visit: South Carolina Interior Design Scout for available listings in your county....
  • Vocabulary and reading comprehension
    Nurture a love and appreciation of words
    Vocabulary is important to reading comprehension. Children cannot make sense of text without understanding what most of the words mean. Vocabulary activities should assist children in learning words that are not likely to be encountered in their...
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    Definition: Overgeneration and Undergeneration
    An alert I set up recently led me to a European Union patent application for a new method of text mining. My alert is programmed to look weekly for new documents in Google Scholar that contain the terms "synonyms" and "information...
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    Definition: Cross Reference
    In the metadata context, a cross reference is a term that leads to the preferred synonym for a particular concept. Cross references occur in catalogs, thesauri, and indexes. For example, a cross reference might say, Bombay SEE Mumbai. Sometimes...
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    The Islamic gold dinar in Malaysia
    My article on the new Kelantan Gold Dinar went live on Illume yesterday. Here’s a teaser: “In the wake of a mortgage melt down, a recession and unprecedented national debt many economists observed that Islamic finance, specifically its...
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    Charlie Rangel thinks he owns you
    Any discussion of the draft should begin with the 13th amendment from yee olde US Constitution: "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime where of the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within...
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    Ask the candidates: How do you define government?
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