CRAIG CONLEY (Prof. Oddfellow) is recognized by Encarta as “America’s most creative and diligent scholar of letters, words and punctuation.” He has been called a “language fanatic” by Page Six gossip columnist Cindy Adams, a “cult hero” by Publisher’s Weekly, and “a true Renaissance man of the modern era, diving headfirst into comprehensive, open-minded study of realms obscured or merely obscure” by Clint Marsh. An eccentric scholar, Conley’s ideas are often decades ahead of their time. He invented the concept of the “virtual pet” in 1980, fifteen years before the debut of the popular “Tamagotchi” in Japan. His virtual pet, actually a rare flower, still thrives and has reached an incomprehensible size. Conley’s website is
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September 11, 2015 (permalink)

"We have entered a Guadalupan city, where a rose is no longer just a rose." —Stephanie Merrim, The Spectacular City, Mexico, and Colonial Hispanic Literary Culture

Roses as symbols of Our Lady of Guadalupe, courtesy of tkkate.

February 9, 2015 (permalink)

York RoseA rose may be a rose, but humans resist such finality.

January 31, 2015 (permalink)

Lancaster Rose"A rose may be a rose, but children are not children." —Mary Jane Drummond, Assessing Children's Learning

How so?

Answer: Children are a heterogeneous crowd of unique individuals, onto whom we project our understanding of what it is to be four – or seven – or 11 years old. (The answer is in black text on the black background. Highlight it to view.)

January 4, 2015 (permalink)

York RoseA rose may be a rose may be a rose; but not this one.

December 3, 2014 (permalink)

Henry Bouquet as depicted in History of the County of Westmoreland, Pennsylvania by George Dallas Albert, 1882.

November 12, 2014 (permalink)

Lancaster RoseA rose is not just a rose: it is the vibrant depths of the color crimson, the whirl of intricate interlaced patterns, the soft texture of velvet.

October 23, 2014 (permalink)

Lancaster RoseA rose may be a rose may be a rose, but orgasms also come in a variety of colors and styles.

October 16, 2014 (permalink)

York RoseA rose is a rose or a nose: A deficit in initial letter identification.
—K. Patterson & B. Wilson, Cognitive Neuropsychology (1990)

September 21, 2014 (permalink)

York RoseA rose may be a rose may be a rose because a lawyer says that only a rose can solve our problem—therefore we have a rose.

August 27, 2014 (permalink)

As it turns out, a rose may be a rose, but there are arguments about certain swans.

August 18, 2014 (permalink)

Lancaster RoseA rose may be a rose may be a rose, but its "loss" can take a variety of strongly divergent forms.

August 14, 2014 (permalink)

Lancaster RoseA rose may be a rose by any other name, but a mutual fund by a different name or classification can be misleading.
USA Today, 1995

August 10, 2014 (permalink)

York RoseA rose may be a rose may be a rose, but not so sludge.

August 9, 2014 (permalink)

Lancaster RoseA rose may be a rose, but a movie with an inappropriate title may be a loser because of that title.
Filmmakers, 1978

March 29, 2014 (permalink)

An illustration from a 1904 issue of The Reader magazine.

March 25, 2014 (permalink)

A rose, rather, is the beginning, a form that can be an infusion of metaphors and ideas that are bigger than itself.

Photo courtesy of Charles Roffey.

November 1, 2013 (permalink)

A still from the perennially hilarious Addams Family.  Morticia is referring to the model of rare harpsichord that Lurch plays.

October 25, 2013 (permalink)

"A rose is a continuation of the rosebush" [just as one is a continuation of one's mother]. —You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment (2010)

World's largest rosebush by peppergrasss.

September 21, 2013 (permalink)

"A rose is a rose because it has the principle of 'rose' and not the principle of 'fork.'"
Lee Dian Rainey, Confucius and Confucianism: The Essentials (2010)

A rose with forks, by LuluP.

Rose forks by Fox & Thomas.

September 6, 2013 (permalink)

"A rose is a rose . . . except when you're shopping for flowers for your wedding. Then a 'bridal' rose is suddenly eight times more expensive than a regular rose." —Denise Fields, Bridal Bargains (2010)

Expensive rose by Melody Shanahan-Kluth.

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