Sarah Elizabeth Wilson Huff, 1822–1911

Forty years ago I found this picture in a trunk full of estate detritus: clothing, photos, travel souvenirs, things that someone couldn’t quite bring themselves to put in the trash. …


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Disclosure: I never had a paid membership; I was gifted one by Medium after a successful piece I published in 2018. “Successful” here means it earned me north of $300 and attracted thousands of readers and claps. …


When Purging Melancholy Gave Way to Treating Depression

“Melancholy” by Edvard Munch — The Athenaeum: Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=38127031

“The passions of melancholy doe more strongly worke in the minde of man, then doe those which come of any pleasant and delectable cause.” –from A Method unto Mortification, 1608.

First, to answer the question posed in the title and to make it clear that this is a linguistic, not…


Did you look systematically at example sentences throughout the dictionary in question, or just cherry-pick? I don't think your thesis would not stand up to peer review. You might find it instructive to read the commentary on your piece from members of the Dictionary Society of North America, some of whom have worked for Oxford Dictionaries and were editors and lexicographers on the dictionary you have targeted.


First, the bona fides: I left my last full-time salaried job in 1990, at the age of 36, with the goal of never having a boss other than myself again. That was 30 years ago. Today I am mostly retired. My home is a paid-off, comfortable condo in an urban-proximate…


Photo: Glenn Asakawa/University of Colorado. File photo from a 2018 commencement.

I met my students for the last time in person on Wednesday, March 18th. We were already nervous by then. Fresh rumors wafted through corridors and across campus walkways every day. The administration sent regular email blasts, each with new and graver information than the last. The day before this…


“an obscene and lascivious letter”

First, before I raise any hackles: this all happened long ago, and by the time you get to the end of this short account you will question whether the perp, Albert Ketchum, was an elder of the Mormon Church anywhere but in his own mind. …


mid-1930s; a publicity shot for the Gold Woman

On the 6th of September 1890 in the bayou country of Louisiana, probably in the family home, came a child Angeline, the seventh of ten children, and the fifth girl. Unusually for a girl so late in the birth order she was named for her mother, who went by Angie…


Detail from a photo by Serge Melki — Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24320911

It happened when I was 13. I was not new to the game; already an old hand, in fact. I learned the basic technique from other boys in the mountain town where I grew up when I was six. We were at it all the time, singly, doubly, in small…


Screenshot from the Quora Partner Program

First, to obviate objections: there’s still a lot of useful content on Quora, the product of sincere people asking questions and knowledgeable people answering them. …

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