In the process of sorting through masses of paper during the course of our move from Dallas to Hot Springs Village, I came across some interesting historical materials.  I found copies of articles (the “executive director’s messages”) I wrote for a magazine while I managed an association.  Most of the articles focus on issues relevant to members. Sometimes, though, I allowed myself to inject my interests into an article dealing with member-focused comments.  I found it interesting to read what I wrote back in November, 1994, a few sentences and a few phrases from which follow:

I am an admirer of language,an ever-aspiring wordsmith who privately writes short stories and a bit of poetry…I enjoy listening to someone who can ‘turn a phrase.’ I enjoy the richness of words and carefully crafted sentences and delightful paragraphs.…Words and the thoughts that breed them are the driving forces behind what all of us accomplish.

I then went on to offer some quotes from people who I believed used words well:

  • Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.  Aldous Huxley
  • The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.  Harper Lee
  • Whatever their other contributions to society, lawyers could be a good source of protein. Richard Guindon
  • The human mind treats a new idea the way the body treats a strange protein; it rejects it. P.B. Medawar
  • Some of the greatest love affairs I’ve ever known involved one actor—unassisted. Wilson Mizner

Twenty years ago. I was in love with words and language then, too.

About John Swinburn

"Love not what you are but what you may become."― Miguel de Cervantes
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