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I remember

I remember
every knowing glance
every loving touch
every thought over the distance
every kiss
I will take with me to eternity

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In defense of The Period.

 

“Use a period [ . ] at the end of a sentence that makes a statement. There is no space between the last letter and the period. Use one space between the period and the first letter of the next sentence.” – excerpt from The Period – Guide to Grammar and Writing.

I imagine that just about all of us, by now, have been busted by evoking a certain tone in instant messages, texting and on social networks. While I believe that it’s true that the ‘tone’ of what we say can be easily misinterpreted (as inferred by the receiver), especially in rapid-fire bursts of communication, I was surprised by a revelation from my friend Brooke Ballard in her post about the difference between ‘tone and ‘voice.’  The period is pissed. She and I had a short Twitter conversation about it:

Notice, no period.

Text, IM, and Twitter have made it both necessary and acceptable to eliminate punctuation. People have grown quite accustomed to it, apparently. I get that, so I don’t plan to turn this into a ‘use proper punctuation’ rant. I just want to say this: I was using the period before I could even write. At age five (or so), I’d scribble pages and pages of long lines of pretend cursive, ending a line once in a while with a period, not an exclamation. My Mom would encourage me, saying “Oh, what nice writing. Look, you even punctuated!”

Now, as our language changes with the times, punctuation is changing in its purpose, to indicating emotion. I’m going to miss you, period. And to my ‘Friends’, ‘Followers’, and ‘Connections’, please understand, when I use a period, I’ve just finished a thought. And I’m not pissed.

Image credit: Dynamic Typography http://classes.dma.ucla.edu/Spring07/155/projects/peng/

Related reading:

Links included in Brooke’s blog post:

New Republic “The Period Is Pissed When did our plainest punctuation mark become so aggressive?”

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/115726/period-our-simplest-punctuation-mark-has-become-sign-anger

The American University Text Messaging and IM: Linguistic Comparison of American College Data

http://www.american.edu/cas/lfs/faculty-docs/upload/text-messaging-and-im.pdf

hen did our plainest punctuation mark become so aggressive?

Aside

Because I dance to my own song

Please don’ leave me scorn’d

I’ve whistled my own tune

From the day that I was born’d

Our First Kiss

This is a love story, and I knew it from the very first moment I saw her (Avi).

We came together so naturally and easily. It was like peas and carrots, y’know?

And she said, ‘I want to come see you.’ Happy! The planning, the waiting… then, the day.

Not nervous, just anticipating. What if I miss her? How will I recognize her? There, in the airport baggage claim. In the crowd.

Emboldened by ginger ale(s), I took to the search at the appointed time. Her text said, ‘We’re on the ground.’ My heart just jumped. About 60 times.

Where is she? I wandered a bit, and ended up at the bottom of the escalator. When I saw her, time stopped. How could I not have known? Her smile made my knees wiggle, and we waved at each other. Like we were in seventh grade again.

Then, she was there. In front of me. Did we say a word? I leaned toward her and my eyes closed. Our lips touched. It was soft, warm, and sweet, and tasted good! Just the right time passed – and I opened my eyes to hers. Time. Stopped. Again. This one sweet kiss. A soft touch, our joining together. I will never forget it. I haven’t been the same since. This love, like none I’ve ever felt before. No, I’ve never really loved before. This is the one. Forever.

Secure Communication – A Force for Good in Health Care Provider/Patient Conversations

The thing we all expect and hope for in social media is that someone is listening. We consciously and purposely share our thoughts for the greater good, right? The discussion regarding the use of social media in improving communication between health care providers and patients surrounds issues common to both sides of the Provider/Patient relationship: Providers are concerned with privacy mandates and liability while patients desire a private forum in which to share personal information.

Privacy concerns complicate the adoption of social media as a powerful channel for healthcare outreach and education and as an inbound route for patient communication with providers. The use of secure, encrypted communication as a complement to public forums like Twitter and Facebook could be a workable solution.

In a recent article in the New York Times (link to full article here) I read about Nadim Kobeissi, a 21 year old Lebanese man now living in Brooklyn NY that is working on CryptoCat, a secure messaging service created to avoid detection by government authorities. Nadim’s simple explanation is this: “you click a link and you’re chatting with someone over an encrypted chatroom… That’s it. You’re done. It’s just as easy to use as Facebook chat, Google chat, anything.” Ah, beauty in simplicity.

So, you healthcare providers out there, take note. Imagine a scenario where a patient may initially make contact via Twitter or Facebook, the wide-ranging, public forums that you need to be participating in, then simply click a link to enter into secure, private communication. What do you think of the possibilities?

I have two writers…

Mitchell is an excellent expositor. His style is refreshing – not a mundane, third person ‘view from above’, but a first person, ‘feel like you’re there’ writer. Bret’s tendency is toward third-person mundanity. But if you give him a push, he’ll give you a gem.

Check this out:

True Love

By Bret Salke

2/19/10

 

What is true love? The feelings of true love are affection, devotion, and happiness. People who are in love tell each other things like “you make me happy.” When someone is in love they are joyful, giddy, and crazy. There are many feelings of true love.

Other things can happen when people are in love. People who are in love can be separated for some reason. Other people can get in the way of people’s love. One person’s feelings for the other can change. Feelings surrounding love are complicated.

Is true love worth dying for? It can be sad if love goes wrong. Lovers will do drastic things for each other when they are sad. But most people get over a lost love. Happiness, Trouble, and Sadness are part of love.

 

Bret wrote this as an assignment that asked him to try to explain how a tragedy like ‘Romeo and Juliet’ might happen…

Kids…

Kids these days… are so different from when I was a teen! They are sophisticated, motivated, and determined. And irresponsible, lazy and contrary.

I’m a Dad to two teen boys, and I’m proud of each of them!

The 17 year old is impressive. He’s a swimmer and water polo player (member of a State Champion Team!) He spends 24 hours a week in a pool. He stays up on his homework. He’s a scientist. He gets great grades. How does he do it? He’s self-motivated. I don’t have to ask about it – in fact, he gets annoyed when I do!

The 13 year old is a joy. He is always happy! Always ready to smile. Loyal and friendly. But his head is in the clouds. School is not a priority, yet his grades are pretty good. Any assignment can be a battle. When it interests him, he’s unstoppable. A writer, his poetry is amazing.

They fight like sworn enemies, but will defend each other to the end. Their life is not ideal, but they are making the best of it. That’s what I love about kids. They are resilient, yet not unbreakable. I’m gonna stick with these two. They are the best things that have ever happened to me!