Archive for June 2015

'Grantchester,' Sidney Chambers and the problem of good books vs. good TV

'Grantchester,' Sidney Chambers and the problem of good books vs. good TV
I’ve found a great series of detective stories , thanks to Channel 11 (PBS). They’re the “Grantchester” stories by James Runcie (Bloomsbury Books, 2012-2015). I first discovered the main character, Canon Sidney Chambers, and his cohorts by watching the early stories on Channel 11 earlier this year. I was captivated by the characters and the... Read more »

Summertime Serious questions

Summertime Serious questions
Yes, I’ve been thinking of other things besides hockey lately, and here they are: Do I need to start a category called Punctuation Worth Defending? When I see *this* and -This- even in (otherwise) erudite writing, I start wondering. What do those marks signify, anyway? Italics and bold will do for emphasis! Colons in headlines:... Read more »

An open thank-you note to the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks

An open thank-you note to the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks
Dear Champs, “Open letters” are usually so angry, but you won’t get that from me. This is an open thank-you note from a delighted, devoted follower. You wouldn’t know me on the street, but I’d probably recognize all of you. It’s not just my good memory; I’ve loved watching and listening to hockey for most... Read more »
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I propose a week of speaking in complete sentences.

I propose a week of speaking in complete sentences.
I have spent much of my working life interacting with the public. I have spent my whole working life, and most of my life in general, using words and being fascinated by them. Sometimes that makes me feel very lonely. Some days, after hearing hours and hours of fragments, I long for a complete sentence.... Read more »

Hockey jargon for the Stanley Cup Final, part 2: a goalie goes into a butterfly...

Hockey jargon for the Stanley Cup Final, part 2: a goalie goes into a butterfly...
(Note: Thanks to my faithful commenter Jack for mentioning butterflies in commenting on my first post about hockey jargon. I didn’t remember it in time for that one, but it was waiting in  my notes for this part two.) If you’re listening to Blackhawks hockey games more than watching them, it may be difficult to imagine... Read more »

Hockey jargon for the Stanley Cup Final: Flamingo is a verb!

Hockey jargon for the Stanley Cup Final: Flamingo is a verb!
For those of you who are new to the Chicago Blackhawks’ bandwagon, here’s a handy hint for the Stanley Cup Final: Flamingo is a verb. When you’re watching the games, look for times when the Blackhawks or Tampa Bay Lightning players need to get their foot (or sometimes their leg) out of the way of... Read more »
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