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People often ask me whether, as a copy editor, I’m driven to distraction by errors I see in others’ writing. The short answer is: not in informal writing. If you write “it’s” in place … more
IN CELEBRATION are the members and friends of First Baptist Church of Danville this week as they opened their new educational building. “The very first class was taught inside last Sunday,” … more
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your own grammar concierge? Anytime you needed help writing something, anytime you needed a bet settled, anytime you were just curious about a language issue, you could … more
DEAR DR. ROACH: My 72-year-old husband was diagnosed with multiple myeloma recently, and we have been told that he will need chemo treatments. He also has anemia, which I think is probably normal. He … more
DEAR DR. ROACH: I’ve been told by a nutritionist that fat-free milk isn’t good for us and that it’s better to use whole milk even if restricting some fats from your diet, which we are doing. … more
Because sinful human natures still cling even to us who believe, causing us to continue to sin, we have a continuous demand for the forgiveness of sins. Thanks be to God, there is available to us a … more
When you retire, will your cost of living decline? Some of your expenses may indeed drop, but others won’t. Plus, you may have some new ones to consider. So, all in all, it’s a good idea to think … more
I don’t hear many people saying “for goodness’ sake” these days. “For conscience’ sake” and “for appearance’ sake” are pretty much nonexistent in my world, too. In fact, the only “for … sake” expression I hear lately includes a word I wouldn’t use in this space even if I could. more
“ARE YOU MARRIED,” he quipped with a twinkle in his eye, “and can you drive a motor home?” So, thus began a conversation exuding kindness and laughter with ninety-three year old WWII Veteran Ken Simpson. more
DEAR DR. ROACH: I would appreciate any advice on dealing with seborrheic dermatitis. I have scratched areas until I bleed. I was told to use Selsun Blue shampoo and hydrocortisone cream, which help. It affects my back, face and scalp. Is this caused by sebaceous glands in skin? -- S.L. more
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