Archive for May 2020

Looking for passing places as I walk

Looking for passing places as I walk
I realized something funny when I was taking a walk while doing laundry this afternoon: When someone approached, I caught myself looking for a passing place. I haven’t thought much about passing places since I was 12 and traveling in Scotland with my family, meeting Dad’s cousins and seeing part of the country. Especially in... Read more »

Want something ordinary? Here it is (about the word 'ordinary')

Want something ordinary? Here it is (about the word 'ordinary')
During one of several phone conversations that made up most of my human contact yesterday, we talked about things being ordinary. “What’s the etymology of that word, Margaret?” Ah, the echo of my dad and his way of saying he’d heard a good word that day. Just as I used to do for Dad, I... Read more »

Of paperbacks and hardcovers -- why?

Of paperbacks and hardcovers -- why?
I was just leaving a note for a friend on a LinkedIn post when I added a comment that I recognized his paperback copy of Strunk and White (as we word mavens call the classic book by those two, “The Elements of Style”). I wrote that I had two paperback copies of the book and... Read more »
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Redefining 'special occasions' during a crisis

Redefining 'special occasions' during a crisis
I had to go out today — my “economic impact” check wasn’t taking itself to the bank. So I wore my good boots, my gray suede “skates” (so nicknamed since they’re as tall as skate boots, but don’t have blades). And yes, I wore a mask into the bank. Again. As I rode to the bank,... Read more »

Happy Tchaikovsky's birthday!

Happy Tchaikovsky's birthday!
Repeating to repair video reference. The author regrets the error. Ludwig van Beethoven’s getting all the noise ahead of the 250th anniversary of his birth, and that’s not even until Dec. 16 (as any long reader of “Peanuts” comics knows). Meanwhile, today is the 18oth anniversary of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s birth (in 1840 — I did... Read more »