“Sayings,” more precisely spoken of as “adages,” are concise, memorable expressions that communicate an important truth derived from experience, custom, or both, and that many people consider true and credible because of their long existence. Most adages are likely to be metaphorical rather than literal, having hidden meanings. There are many hundreds, if not thousands, of adages extant in the English language. “Old wives’ tales” are a type of adage, but unlike most adages, they tend to be literal rather than metaphorical. They do not attempt to moralize, but to teach lessons and make difficult concepts like death or coming of age easy for children to understand. Absent scientific explanations, people developed beliefs that gave meaning and structure to their worldviews so that things “made sense” to them. If enough people shared the same belief about something, that belief, whether valid or not, became part of consensus reality and eventually became an old wives’ tale if it continued to hold sway even after advances in science had shown it to be incorrect.
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About the Author
After being educated in economics at Yale University, David Ritchey served five years as an officer in the U.S. Navy, including a year in Vietnam. Back in civilian life, he initially became a businessman as he had been trained but, suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, he dropped out, got a divorce, moved to a remote old stone farmhouse and took up fine art photography as his vocation, winning over 60 awards during the next fifteen years.
During that period, he became fascinated with the psychology and neurology of both creativity and metaphysics and returned to school to train as a psychotherapist. During his fifteen years of clinical practice specializing in hypnotherapy, he undertook a twelve-year project to research and write about such subjects and his first book, The H.I.S.S. of the A.S.P., was published in 2003. Writing proved to be every bit as rewarding as photography and became his primary vocation. Being an inveterate learner, he focused on non-fiction subjects, enjoying the research as much as the writing. His more than forty published works have won over 25 literary awards. His books can be found at www.davidritchey-author.com and online book stores.
His avocations have included scuba diving, sailing, skiing, tennis, golf, gardening, woodworking, dogs, magic, bridge, and Scrabble. He has two adult children, Harper and Mac, and one almost-adult grandchild, Brendan. He lives in historic Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and spends most of his time either writing or engaging in stimulating conversations over restaurant meals with close friends.
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