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Not long ago I mentioned in this space that a period or comma always comes before a closing quotation mark. For example: Beth used the word “covert,” not the word “clandestine.” I … more
“Are ‘recur’ and ‘reoccur’ both correct, and do they mean the same thing?” A simple question from reader Lloyd, and a good one. But like most grammar and usage questions, the answer … more
A horse! A horse! My burrito for a horse! In my last column, I recounted the events leading up to my eldest daughter’s I.E.A. Hunt Seat National Finals equestrian competition in Lexington, … more
John 3:16 is a favorite passage of many, telling as it does of God’s love for the world demonstrated by His giving His only-begotten Son so that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have … more
The city was brought literally to its knees. When he heard the news, he literally flew off the handle. She literally went ballistic. If you like unambiguous communication, if you like logic, … more
When you retire, some of your expenses may go down – but health care is not likely to be one of them. In fact, your health care costs during retirement may well increase, so you may want to plan … more
DEAR DR. ROACH: I recently was diagnosed with a benign pleomorphic adenoma of the parotid gland. My surgeon says that the mass should be removed, and explained many of the risks. The risks terrify … more
Before my family’s most recent beach vacation, my wife suggested, under the guise of promoting some father-daughter bonding, that I go with my daughters to get a pedicure. This was actually her … more
These days, I find myself regularly traveling to exotic destinations like Krum, Texas, and Haughton, Louisiana, to watch my eldest and most expensive daughter compete in equestrian competitions. How … more
Just this past year, we’ve seen natural disasters in Texas, California, Florida and Puerto Rico – and looking back even further, it’s not hard to spot other traumas in virtually every part of … more
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