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For the last 56 years, I have been a practicing Christian (liberally conservative and evangelical). Should any posting I make to any Stack Exchange website pique your curiosity as to the what and why of my beliefs, feel free to communicate with me at drlarter@yahoo.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 over 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 was certified recently as a paralegal. I am currently looking for employment in that field, and would like to round out the last stage of my work life in some area of jurisprudence.

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 (pronuntiatio or actio) .


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comment What is a single word for the capability of a theory, for example, to generate further thought and theorizing?
@FumbleFingers: Done. To be honest, I post questions so rarely that I'm not terribly familiar with the protocols in place. Don
Aug
14
comment What is a single word for the capability of a theory, for example, to generate further thought and theorizing?
Thanks! Close, but no cigar. I'll know it when I lay eyes on it. Don
Aug
14
comment What is a single word for the capability of a theory, for example, to generate further thought and theorizing?
Thanks! Good synonym, but not THE one I'm looking for. I'll recognize it when I see it, however. Don
Aug
14
comment What is a single word for the capability of a theory, for example, to generate further thought and theorizing?
Great synonym, ermanen, but not the one I'm looking for. Gosh, this is frustrating. When I see it, I'll put it on a Post-It note and display it prominently. Better yet, I'll ensconce it behind matte board, frame it, and then screw the frame to the wall in my study. Don
Aug
14
comment What is a single word for the capability of a theory, for example, to generate further thought and theorizing?
I like "rich theory," but I think the word I'm after is a single adjective. I was exposed to it initially in grad school when the discussion in a seminar concerned the ability of a really good theory to generate more and more worthwhile research. Don
Aug
14
comment What is a single word for the capability of a theory, for example, to generate further thought and theorizing?
Good word to remember, but no, it's not the one I'm blocked on. As I've been telling commenters and answerers, I'll know it when I see it. Don
Aug
14
comment What is a single word for the capability of a theory, for example, to generate further thought and theorizing?
@DanBron: You've provided an excellent list, but THE word isn't there. As I've been telling commenters, I'll know it when I see it. Either that, or ten-and-a-half hours from now when I'm drifting off to sleep, it'll come to me. Darn those sometimes unpredictable synapses! Don
Aug
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asked What is a single word for the capability of a theory, for example, to generate further thought and theorizing?
Aug
14
answered “Food for thought” in a word
Aug
13
answered Term for someone asking “For a friend”
Aug
7
answered One word for “insulting someone by mimicking them”?
Aug
4
revised “Pandora's Box” metaphors
erratum
Aug
3
answered “Pandora's Box” metaphors
Aug
2
answered A man who keeps his word
Jul
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answered How often is “more often than not”?
Jul
30
awarded  single-word-requests
Jul
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awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
29
revised Appropriate word for a young person who behaves like a cynical old person?
clarified and simplified
Jul
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revised Is there any other word for “thumbs up thumbs down”?
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