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Erik Deckers
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Professional blogger, public speaker, book author, humor writer
Professional blogger, public speaker, book author, humor writer

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Best Restaurants to Have an Existential Crisis In
As a philosophy major and travel writer, I've had my share of both existential crises and road food. And in all my travels, I've found several great restaurants, cafes, and coffee shops to question your purpose in life while enjoying a quick nosh. Here are ...

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Why Don't We Talk Like That Anymore?
One of the things that disappoints me about our language is that it has become less flowery and expressive than it was 300, or even 150, years ago. We don't use lofty language or elevated speech like they did in high society in the 18th century. Our words a...

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Do You Keep Your Ketchup in the Fridge or Pantry?
It was a life changing moment that reshaped my entire childhood. I never knew people lived this way, and the realization that people could do. . . this, and throw caution to the wind, made me realize there was so much more to life than I ever knew. It was t...

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Adventures in Vegetarian Taxidermy
Erik is out of the office this week, so we are reprinting a column from 2005. Kevin: Hello, and welcome to Kevin Ketchum's Kitchen Adventures. I'm Kevin Ketchum and this is my kitchen. Today, I'm joined by Bastian Flannelbeard, noted vegetarian taxidermist ...

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Karl the Curmudgeon Stays Up Late to Get Smarter
I'm fading fast tonight, I said. I don't think I can keep my eyes open much longer. "You bailing out on me, Kid? What a lightweight!" said Karl. We were sitting at First Editions, our favorite literary-themed bar, at a friend's book launch. The subjects was...

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Creative Professionals Don't Work for Exposure
My bank is a bit demanding. They expect me to pay my mortgage with actual money. Ditto my utilities providers. They provide me with electricity, water, and phone service, and I give them money too. They're not interested in alternative forms of payment. I c...

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People From Indiana Now Officially Called "Hoosiers"
Call the neighbors and wake the kids. We're Hoosiers now! That is, we're officially called Hoosiers by the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO), for whatever that's worth. According to a recent story in USA Today, Senator Joe Donnelly and former senator ...

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You, Sir, Have a Historic List of Banned Words
They say the way you spend your first day of the new year is the way you're going to spend the entire year. So, laying on the couch with the flu? No, thank you. But that's where I found myself for the first four days of the new year, fighting for my life, t...

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We Need Some Better Words in the English Language
We have nearly a quarter of a million words in the English language, and yet I can't help feel we have some we don't need, but are lacking some others. The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) contains 171,476 words currently in use, another 47,156 obsolete word...
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