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For the last 55 years, I have been a practicing Christian (liberally conservative and evangelical). Should any posting I make to the ELU website pique your curiosity as to the what and why of my beliefs, feel free to communicate with me at email@example.com. I do not claim to have all the answers--let alone all the questions(!), but I would consider it a privilege to discuss Christianity with you in a rational and civilized fashion.
My wife (a native Egyptian and Christian) and I have been married almost 40 years. We have two grown children who have flown the coop, making us empty nesters.
I have a Master's degree in Speech Communications and three years of doctoral studies in Rhetorical Theory at the University of Pittsburgh. After a brief stint as a teacher of public speaking, I embarked on a couple of different and totally divergent pursuits by owning and operating two small businesses.
Tired of being in business for myself, I went back to school at Duquesne University's Paralegal Institute in Pittsburgh, where I hope to be certified as a paralegal and then land a job in the legal field to round out the last stage of my work life.
A rhetorical perspective is almost as natural to me as breathing. Overt and covert attempts at persuasion, whether written or spoken, are my legitimate targets for analysis, evaluation, and criticism. Of particular interest to the EL&U web site contributors would be, with some adaptations and modifications, the traditional canons of speech: style (elocutio), invention (inventio), organization (dispositio), memorability (memoria), and delivery (actio) .
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