Monthly Archives: November 2008

Is That Voice?

Listening to language, spoken melodiously, is a real treat. Reading writing, written well, is even better. The rhythm of language, keenly plucked, like a seasoned old bass in a jazz quartet, delivers the writer’s message. We call such fusion of … Continue reading

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The Lone Dark Hiker

Losing a parent is a profound experience. My father exhaled his last labored breath, early one crispy morning years ago, and after I had adjusted his left eyebrow into a more relaxed expression, I padded into the rooms where my … Continue reading

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The Half Circle of Hell

In Dante’s Inferno, the Roman guide, Virgil, escorts Dante deep down into the Earth through the Nine Circles of Hell. As they descend, we, the readers, savor Dante’s ironic and graphic descriptions of Gluttons, Flatterers, and Seducers, among the many … Continue reading

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I Enjoy Being a Girl

Considering One’s Audience is Lecture #1 in Writing 101. The same goes for Public Speaking 101. But sometimes, the Audience is overrated. Case in point: 1963 Centerville Junior High School Elections The Vice Presidential Race In my only attempt to … Continue reading

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Clichés are a Dime a Dozen

Much has been written in The Lancet and The New England Journal of Medicine about the intricacies of the human brain. From the sensitive cerebral cortex to the spongy frontal lobes, neurosurgeons and brain researchers have delved deeply into how … Continue reading

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