It’s a powerful word. It only has three letters. It’s used all the time.

It’s rarely allowed to flex its muscles. It’s usually employed in lists, in a series such as this, and when combining two independent clauses.

But its real strength happens in it’s rarest of usages: as an embrace.

For example, “I have some great ideas for my school, and I’m a first-year principal.” Contrast that to, “I have some great ideas, but I am a first-year principal.”

The “but” imposes an excuse. The “and” embraces the reality of the challenge.

Three letters with a world of difference.




PS: Tonight, I’ll post the introduction to Season 3 of the Mafost Mashup. You can listen online at Anchor, here on, at Google Podcasts or in Apple Podcasts.