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nursery rhymes.

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“read to your children all of the time

novels and nursery rhymes

autobiographies, even the newspaper

it doesn’t matter; it’s quality time

because once upon a time

we grew up on stories in the voices in which they were told

we need words to hold us and the world to behold us

for us to truly know our souls.”

-taylor mali

in honor of world nursery rhyme week

 

 

 

 

image credit: 1930s vintage etsy art

voices.

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i hear the grandies’ voices

one reads words out loud

while the other

writes ‘created words’

and mentions,

“maybe i should take a writing class.”

 

handwriting is so cool

because it is like

the written equivalent of someone’s voice.

 

-word porn

the power of one word.

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if-

THE SPARTANS ON CALLING AN ENEMY’S BLUFF: “IF.”

Philip II of Macedon was the father of Alexander the Great. His son would one day conquer the (known) world, but Philip got things started by conquering all the city-states of ancient Greece. Well, almost all. Sparta, on the southernmost tip of the land Philip sought to control, was a strict military culture known for its brutal martial prowess.

In 346 B.C, Philip sent a message to intimidate the Spartans. “You are advised to submit without further delay, for if I bring my army on your land, I will destroy your farms, slay your people and raze your city.” The term “Laconic wit,” comes from the Spartan region Laconia.

The Spartans employed it to great effect with their one word response to Philip: “If.”

Philip never attempted to conquer Sparta.