I was very excited when Pranay Gupte, publisher and editor of the The Earth Times, called and suggested that I write columns for the newspaper. Many of my writings that appeared between 1996 and 2000 are the inspiration for the content of this website. Tanya Selvaratnam offered her creative advice that covers many subjects. Galin Dechoian and Soyeon Kim added their grammatical touch. I thank Richard M. Smith, my linguistic consultant and love of my life, who helps to expand my evolving universe of the English lexicon.