Archive for February 2017

What am I doing here? Just defending the language

What am I doing here? Just defending the language
It’s good to be back. Not being able to talk without coughing has been a good way to slow down and think some things through. (The cough’s nearly gone, but it’s slow work in this weather.) Looking at the mirror with the sort of expression my friendly sea lion shows in the photo has led to... Read more »

'Arthur and Sherlock' is a special look at the creative process through biography

'Arthur and Sherlock' is a special look at the creative process through biography
Chapter 1 of Michael Sims’ new book, “Arthur and Sherlock: Conan Doyle and the Creation of Holmes” (Bloomsbury USA, 2017) begins with student Arthur Doyle leading a patient to see his medical professor, Dr. Joseph Bell. Sims writes: “The man’s attitude was respectful but not servile. He did not remove his hat. In a Scottish... Read more »

The joy of "good night"

The joy of "good night"
Hello again. I’ve been away from the blog because I’ve caught the worst cold in many years, with such a nasty cough that I’ve been fighting both laryngitis and bronchitis (usually on different days). But when I’ve been up and around, I’ve been able to keep noticing words. Some words have even taken on fresh importance.... Read more »
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