Word of the Week: Hoi Polloi

PART of the joy of writing—or its challenge, depending on how you look at it—is the whole process of going word shopping. That, essentially, is what diction is. Diction: choice of words. You set about choosing the right word, the best word for your sentence.

Sometimes, your mind hums with a few possibilities, then you do the taste test, or more correctly, the ear test. Sounds nice? Hmmm. Maybe not. Then you try another, and another. Continue reading


The Spirit and Personality of What We Wear

HOW we dress speaks of who we are, our personality, and even our profession.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, for instance, would never sport an Issey Miyake black turtleneck, the kind that gave Steve Jobs that quintessential look of a relaxed yet stylish tech geek and entrepreneur rolled into one. As a leader of a country, whose national colors are red and white, it is natural for him to wear shirts that echo those very colors you find on the state flag. Continue reading