Kana's Chronicles

Life in Kana-text (er… CONtext)

November is a popular month for gratitude, given the holiday that’s named for the emotion, but my motivation this year is a little different. I’m grateful that October is over! “Isn’t that the same thing as being-in-November?” you ask reasonably. Well, not precisely.  The thing is, almost every major Drama, Trauma, and Tragedy in my …

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I’m still a little haunted. On my psychiatrist’s chart, that condition is spelled out “P-T-S-D,” but I think “haunted” is a better descriptor of the experience. As much as I’ve tried to process it, my brain still doesn’t entirely know what to do with some of the sights, sounds, and experience my memory contains. I’m speaking …

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Last week CBS This Morning hosted a lexicographer from the Merriam-Webster dictionary, talking about the malleability of language and the ongoing task of incorporating new words into the dictionary. Although prescriptive grammarians (unlike descriptive ones) would have you believe that our language and its rules are static, nothing could be further from the truth. (Sure, I …

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My mother isn’t one for writing-in-books, so I’m tickled that the book she just mailed me has a sentence underlined with a smiley-face. “I believe in crazyass passion.” That’s the line she highlighted in Rinker Buck’s Oregon Trail travelogue, and that says plenty about my mother! She’s a world traveler, kayaker, fly-fisher, river rafter, scuba diver (Nitrox-certified …

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