Tommy’s

 

The View From My Window On The World (WoW)

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Latest WoW’s – 2018

“From My Front Porch”     by JoAnn

 

 

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Still shedding weight

The re-roofing of our home is progressing nicely.  The crew seems to be very competent and the work is progressing ...
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A great line I wish I could use it more often

Occasionally, I forget to do things.  I don’t know if it is a result of getting older, or the fact ...
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Hale Family Reunion

A few days ago I was down on our pier with the intent of removing an old, rusty, flower pot ...
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My 67th birthday

I will celebrate my 67th birthday (1/30/1941) and it is so very hard for me to grasp the fact that ...
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Travel plans for the year

Well, the New Year arrived without too much bluster.  We had friends over to help us celebrate.  Being the old ...
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As My World Turns

I read an article the other day by Jacob Mikanowski about the most prominent language spoken on our wonderful planet.  To my surprise it was English. Over 400 million people speak it as their first language and more than one billion use it as their secondary tongue. It is an official language in 59 countries and no language in history has been used by so many people or spanned a greater portion of our globe.

It is the language in the worlds of education, international commerce, global business, internet, & science.  Mandarin (Chinese) and Spanish have more native speakers but English has the greatest number of non-native speakers in the world.  I think what makes that so important is the more our neighbors speak the same language the greater the possibility of peace and harmony in the world.

I’m not advocating the elimination of other languages, just that we should all be able to communicate.  An increasing number of parents in South Korea have their children undergo a form of surgery that snips a thin band of tissue under the tongue, believing it will make their children speak English better.  Supposedly, it enables the child to pronounce the English retroflex consonant easier, a sound considered to be particularly difficult for Koreans (there is no evidence to suggest that it improves that ability).  English retroflex is using the tip of the tongue rolled backwards.

I think if I were a young man with a young family I would insist that my children learn another language, and I would attempt to do the same along with them.  And since I’m on a roll, I would insist they learn to play a musical instrument, attend church, and keep their eye on the possibility of going to college after finishing high school.

Sadly, my enlightenment came a little too late, but Thaddeus Golas said, “Enlightenment doesn’t care how you get there.”

That makes me feel better.

I hope that wherever you are on this spinning 3rd rock from the sun, you are enjoying your day as much as I’m enjoying mine….Tommy