Spotlight : Words

By Nancy Polanski (nap) on September 16, 2019

Be A Verb, Not A Noun


"Oscar Wilde said that if you know what you want to be, then you inevitably become it - that is your punishment.  But if you never know, then you can be anything.

There is a truth to that.  We are not nouns, we are verbs.  I am not a thing - an actor, a writer - I am a person who does things - I write, I act.  And I never know what I am going to do next.  I think you can be imprisoned if you think of yourself as a noun."


Stephen Fry

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About Nancy Polanski
I live in Western New York. I'm retired, after working for 30 years in the Microbiology Labs at our county hospital. My time now is spent mostly with the Karen refugee population in Buffalo, advocating for them, teaching, helping and enjoying them. I've twice traveled to their camps in Thailand and experienced their culture. It seems they have taught me more about life than I have taught them.

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To live is the rarest thing in the world wheeker Jan 15, 2021 3:35 AM 0
I like the idea that "labels" should be verbs critterologist Oct 1, 2019 8:48 PM 4

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