Are you familiar with an ivy leaf-shaped punctuation mark called a hedera? How about the virgule? The pilcrow? Ever see the 16th century point d’ ironie? Henry Hitchings’ Wall Street Journal article takes an enjoyable look at punctuation’s fluid history and future. One interesting point is his assertion that today’s punctuation is marked by “…an increasing tendency to punctuate for rhetorical rather than grammatical effect. Instead of presenting syntactical and logical relationships, punctuation reproduces the patterns of speech.”
Read about the prenatal test for depression resistance here. Made me smile.
My teenage cousin Karl is outgoing and joyful and loving. He’s a voracious reader. He has a wicked sense of humor. Lane is a happy-go-lucky little boy I used to nanny. Lane plays the piano, downhill skis, loves puzzles, and is both ridiculously cute and stubborn as a mule. They both embrace life whole-heartedly. They both bring joy to all around them. They both have Down Syndrome. They both deserve to live,
Do you see a lot of people with Down Syndrome window-shopping at the mall, walking in your neighborhood, or browsing at the library? If you don’t, it’s not because they were never conceived. It’s because more than eight out of ten babies with Down Syndrome in the United States are killed before birth. Statistically, it was safer to be a Jew in Nazi territory during the Holocaust (roughly 64% died) than a child with Down Syndrome conceived in our country today. That quiet grocery store aisle or empty park bench should be a ghostly reminder of lives we stopped short. Lives that the article’s author points out are statistically happier than average for all concerned.
On a less sobering note, here’s a little help for those of us who are fashion-challenged: How to tie a scarf six different ways
These Baked Eggs in Spicy Tomato Sauce look delicious. I’d try them today if we weren’t about out of eggs. And cheese. And tomatoes. And milk. And cream. And fruit. And…and…it might be time to hit the grocery store.