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, a “monk for the modern age” by George Parker, 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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A Rose is a . . .

April 7, 2020 (permalink)

A rose is a rose, unless a daisy is a rose.  On the cover of this manual, we see a field of white squares and a single red one, as if all the other roses in the garden were changed into daisies.
From Visual Machine /System Product Editor User's Guide, Release 6, 1988.
#rose #daisy
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February 21, 2020 (permalink)

A rose is a peacock feather.  From Rosa Amorosa by George Egerton, 1901.
#vintage book #peacock feather #rose
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September 8, 2019 (permalink)

"What a lovely thing a rose is."  From The Strand (1893).

#vintage illustration #rose
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March 15, 2018 (permalink)

"The two roses."  From Tales of Magic and Meaning, written and illustrated by Alfred Crowquill, 1856.
#vintage illustration #fairy tale #two roses
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February 28, 2018 (permalink)

May you, too, have roses without end (barring any allergies and presuming you like roses).  From Le Journal Amusant, 1920.
#vintage illustration #vintage ad #perfume #roses #rose petals #rose perfume
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December 19, 2017 (permalink)

From The Little Grammar by Ethan Allen Cross, 1922.
#christmas #sentence diagram
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October 10, 2017 (permalink)

"The Rose of Hell" is a natural wooden flower.  From Popular Mechanics, 1909.

#vintage illustration #flower #vintage headline #rose of hell #fuego #guatemala
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February 6, 2017 (permalink)

"In mathematics, a rose is a topological space obtained by gluing together a collection of circles along a single point." —Qualitative Research for the Social Sciences
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January 28, 2017 (permalink)

An apple is an apple is an apple because "an apple has established rules in a world in which an apple is an apple" (Martin Odudukudu, Thinking and Learning).  Our image is from the Fruit Grower's Handbook by William Waring, 1851.
#apples #overlap #fruit
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November 26, 2016 (permalink)

"A rose is clearly not a rose. 'Rose' is a word standing in for that flowery thing that is out there in the garden.  To say 'a rose is a rose' is already once removed from what a rose really is." —Mark Yakich, Poetry: A Survivor's Guide

"A rose is not a rose," by Aguno.
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September 4, 2016 (permalink)

This just in: Rose is still a rose.
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June 10, 2016 (permalink)

[Insert a "kanga-rose" pun here.]
"A rose is a rose is a rose.  A rose is not intent to actualize itself as a kangaroo." —Charles Edmund Degeneffe and Ruth Torkelson Lynch, "Gestalt Therapy," Counseling Theories and Techniques for Rehabilitation and Mental Health Professionals (2015)
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November 21, 2015 (permalink)

Roses photo courtesy of Thomas Hawk.

"When 'a rose is a rose,' that is one thing, but when 'a rose is a rose is a rose,' that is another." —Hugh J. Silverman, Cultural Semiosis: Tracing the Signifier

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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.

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February 9, 2015 (permalink)

York RoseA rose may be a rose, but humans resist such finality.
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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.)
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January 4, 2015 (permalink)

York RoseA rose may be a rose may be a rose; but not this one.
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December 3, 2014 (permalink)

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