The English language offers several beautiful idioms to describe someone unwelcome at a social gathering. The most common, “a skunk at a garden party,” paints the image quite nicely.
I had a friend – a newspaper editor and publisher – who mangled many words, sometimes inventing new ones in the process.
The Kansas City Star recently reported that Urban Summit activists have turned in petition signatures requiring a citywide vote for an additional sales tax to support development on the east side of to
Vicarious embarrassment—it’s the feeling you get when you watch someone else in an awkward situation. It’s the best description of how I feel when I hear my colleagues at the University of Missouri-St. Louis explain why faculty members should unionize. Squirming, stomach churning . . .
Like most observers of American society and politics, I am trying to make sense of our current political moment.
Recently, Kansas City, Missouri’s mayor, Sly James, wrote in The Hill that America needed a new agenda for cities. No argument here.
Everyone knows the expression “stubborn as a mule.” More than a tired cliché, however, that is a doltish misperception, foisted upon us by the least adept of mule-handlers. In the words of a real expert, it is “a classic example of man ascribing stupidity to the beast instead of to himself.”
I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t like recess. As a former elementary school teacher myself, I can tell you that recess is a special time.
One of my favorite books as a child was If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. “If you give a mouse a cookie,” the story begins, “he’s going to ask for a glass of milk.” Before long the mouse receives a haircut, a nap complete with a bedtime story, and more.
Mayor Slay and many—but not all—regional leaders are peddling a curious elixir: a $2 billion expansion of MetroLink. The expansion would create a new line running from north Saint Louis County, through downtown, to South County. But what condition is this elixir supposed to treat?