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The Gift of Time

Whenever I have to tell my daughter I'm too busy to play, she runs to her room and whips out her drawing paper and crayons. A few minutes later she has a gift ready for me. It reads:

Gift Certifikit
No Work. A whole day of play with me.

If I begin redeeming my gift certificates, I wouldn't need to work for the next week and a half. But that shows the best gifts often don't cost a thing, except time.

So this holiday season consider giving the best gift of all -- the gift of time. But on those occasions when you can't do that, may I suggest the second-best gift: books. Here are two of mine to choose from:

A Word A Day: A Romp through Some of the Most Unusual and Intriguing Words in English
ISBN: 0471230324
Another Word A Day: An All-new Romp through Some of the Most Unusual and Intriguing Words in English
ISBN: 0471718459
Buy them at any of these online shops in your country.

Happy Holidays!

-Anu Garg
(words at wordsmith.org)

Do give books -- religious or otherwise -- for Christmas. They're never fattening, seldom sinful, and permanently personal. -Lenore Hershey, editor and writer (1919-1997)


"A delightful, quirky collection."
-The New York Times

"Just the thing if romping with words is what you want to do."
-The Washington Post

"A lively compendium."
-Hartford Courant

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