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Words Remembered

Proverbial language has been defined by linguist Neal Norrick as “self-contained, pithy, traditional expressions with didactic content and fixed poetic forms.” Less scientifically but more poetically, English statesman Lord John Russell is credited with defining proverbs as “the wisdom of many and the wit of one.” (ABC Dictionary of Chinese Proverbs, John S. Rohsenow, 2002)

Things Fall Apart

When I was 18 with a baby, I was married into a construction crew that regularly wrecked their jeans. At a dollar a patch I made my first money sewing and became a bit of a hero.

In 2011 the Nashawannuck Pond was dredged after decades of discussion and planning. A man-made body of water constructed in 1847 to provide an abundant, steady water source for the mills of Easthampton, it had become gradually shallower from accumulations of organic material, sediment, and erosion.