Language

Seventeen Years Ago, Plus or Minus a Day

February 17, 1998. A Tuesday night. Or did it happen just after midnight, making it February 18? I don’t know. The medical records document every IV started, every vial of blood collected, every consent signed. But they don’t document when I lost my daughter. The...

I Missed My Calling

Today's Daily Prompt got me thinking about words. New words, specifically. When I learned the Oxford Dictionaries issue quarterly updates, I presumed it was because (1.) these newly-minted words are much too important to wait a whole year for, or (2.) they have to...

4 Words I Wish They’d Stop Saying

Thanks to our DVR, I don’t see many commercials anymore. But occasionally we’re forced to watch live TV (like over the holidays, when regular programming is replaced with a 24-hour loop of It’s a Wonderful Life), which eliminates the possibility of fast forwarding,...