Paul Wesslund

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Inspirations from the author of the best book I ever read

Reading Time: 5 minutes Sometimes you sit down to write and it’s wrong. It’s not the over discussed writer’s block. It’s not a negative thought from your head, a discouraging message from the heart or even a sense from your gut. It’s something from deep in your bones telling you that you’re not yet ready to type; that you

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It’s a free country. What does that mean exactly?

Reading Time: 3 minutes I supplemented my college education this week with a lesson about part of what makes this a uniquely free country. The phrase “Free country” gets used in ways that mean a lot of different things. What I realized this week is how it’s more than a slogan. A free country is real, specific, and rare

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There should be a their there

Reading Time: 3 minutes I just read an essay I liked by a columnist asking to be referred to as “they” and not “he.” That’s a request that would horrify a traditional grammarian. I think it makes sense but they’d say it doesn’t follow the rules. If you were bothered by my use of “they” to refer to a

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The power of labels

Reading Time: 2 minutes How would you label yourself? You get one word. OK, give yourself a two or three-word phrase. Is that fair? Accurate? Would it tell someone who you are? Red Sox fan? Farmer? Retired? Liberal? And what would the person seeing that label conclude? Might it be filtered through their biases? I’m working on a writing

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