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Last spring, as many of you know, I retired from teaching. The Roget Thesaurus came home to live on my own bookshelf – although not in the room where I usually write. A week or so ago, frustrated because I couldn’t find a synonym that would make a broken sentence work, I heaved a sigh and finally got off my butt. I walked away from the computer, all the way into the next room, and opened Roget’s. I am ashamed to say that I hadn’t used this thesaurus for my own work in years.