Mountains Are Mountains and Rivers Are Rivers: Applying Eastern Teachings to Everyday Life

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Hyperion Books, 1999 - Philosophy - 304 pages
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If you ask for "a pop" in Manhattan you're most likely going to be offered a strange pill or be punched in the face. The same request in the Midwest, however, will get you a sweet, bubbly soft drink. Pop or soda. Jimmies or sprinkles. A bag or a sack. People from all over the world e-mail Mike Ellis with examples of local slang and phrases, linguistic idiosyncrasies that he has come to think of as a kind of homecooking. His website gets over 100,000 hits each week.

The slang we use often reflects who we are and where we've come from, and Mike Ellis has a gift for zooming in on the often humorous, ironic, and colorful way that religions, nationalities, classes, subcultures, professions, and pundits put their spin on the native tongue. The book will have all kinds of slang -- from occupational and recreational slang to time tunnel and television slang -- and the slanguage text will be blended with smart, humorous artwork that will frame, amplify, or spin selected words and phrases. Slanguage is sure to be a big hit in the same vein as the bestselling How to Speak Southern.

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This somewhat curious anthology brings together instances and anecdotes on themes such as openness, tranquillity, harmony, and meditation by writers as various as Sylvia Boorstein, Venerable Henepola ... Read full review



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Nancy J. Thomas is editorial director at Lion Brand Yarn Company, the former editor of "Vogue Knitting" and "Knitter's Magazine, " the founding editor of "Family Circle Knitting, " and author of a nationally syndicated column called "The NeedleWorks." Nancy also coauthored "Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book." She has appeared on television, including the "Today" show, to promote knitting and has hosted hand-knitting fashion shows around the country.

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