“Here are a couple more suggestions, just because I don't want to deprive readers the potential benefit of fellow squirrel-haters' wisdom, no matter how sordid: Fisher cats was one Brattleboro, Vt., resident's response to my observation that the squirrels seem to have grown more self-assertive since our dog died.”
“However, Mr. Lassman, who describes his clientele as "heads of luxury brands, heads of finance, rather than the nouveau riche," and counts among his services taking care of the smallest details of their journeys—including, "What table they have; what's in the room when they arrive; the room is ready when they get there"—shared my brother's unsentimental view of the world, but thought his technique unnecessarily self-assertive.”
“For instance, Mrs. Pertonwaithe and Mrs. Wickson exercised tremendous social power in the university town, and from them emanated the sentiment that I was a too-forward and self-assertive young woman with a mischievous penchant for officiousness and interference in other persons 'affairs.”
“W Davis no relation to A. P. Davis, but he changed its name from the Reclamation Service to the Bureau of Reclamation, as a reminder to its self-assertive staff of their subservience to Interior Department headquarters.”
“Losing her parents at a relatively young age had no doubt forced her to be self-assertive.”
“My own falsely self-assertive and harmful, unfree ego gets drawn into the expansive heart of God.”
“Max Bedacht was not the kind of frowsy, self-assertive Communist most Congressmen were accustomed to encountering.”
“A couple of weeks later when the specimens finally arrived a worker planting one of them along Lexington Avenue — hundreds of them were going in across the neighborhood — informed me that paving stones and railings, to protect the saplings from our self-assertive canine population, were also on the way.”
“Another Full Moon, which contains the self-assertive “Vertical,” is also notable for “My Position in the History of the Twentieth Century,” in which she reflects on her good fortune in being somewhere else when Hitler was killing Jews in Europe:”
“Those are a far cry from the self-assertive sledgehammer Is at the other end of the scale: I feel your pain, Im the decider, make my day, punk.”
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