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May 13, 2015

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Catalysts do not cause change. Or has that linguistic battle been lost?

OF: The second definition of catalyst in Collins English Dictionary (2003) is "a person or thing that causes a change." The second definition in American Heritage Roget's Thesaurus (2014) is "an agent that stimulates or precipitates a reaction, development, or change."

We can quibble over the distinction between "cause" and "precipitate," but outside of the sciences, catalyst is generally synonymous with "change agent."

We Do and Something New both seem like excellent suggestions to me. (I especially like the fact that We Do contains the sequence "wed" in addition to echoing the language of traditional vows in a way that suggests equality, solidarity, and cooperation between the members of the couple.)

(Wed Planet initially strikes me as a little bit too Barbara-Walters-marries-Jonathan-Ross-on-Mars, but it's cute and it could grow on me.)

Wow, those people on the cover do NOT look excited about the prospect of wedded bliss.

Jenne: I think that's the point -- a calmer, more realistic perspective on the whole endeavor.

I get that, but they just look bummed out. Like, "hold on, I promised what now?"

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