Robert Richey Is Dead

It was disconcerting to read of my recent death in the NewsTribune—”Serving readers of the Illinois Valley.”  The online periodical, obviously committed to brevity in a world of gratuitous loquaciousness, ingloriously reported that I “died the morning of December 31, 2016.”  The revelation of my passing, er, death, got me thinking, which is a testament to the NewsTribune’s other commitment to thought-provoking reparte’.

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Indianisms: A Colorful Turn of Phrase

Indianisms decorate the English language like adorned elephants in Rajasthan.  More than a supplementary language in India, English is one of two languages recognized for use in the Official Languages Act of 1963.  Despite 22 officially recognized languages in India—and more than a hundred unofficial languages—English continues to play an important role in commerce and trade, serving as a symbol of power and influence.  The best part about English is the way Indian’s have made it their own, creating Indianisms as linguistically colorful as a spice market vendor’s cart. 

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Enlightenment

I recently attained enlightenment.  At 7:46 PM UTC on 3 January 2017, 48 yrs, 236 days, 8 hrs, 15 mins, 31 seconds after exiting the womb and starting the search—I was progressive at a very young age—enlightenment descended over me like warm rays of sunshine.  I know this because I tweeted as much seconds after the event—minus the colorful prose. 

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