Another excuse to use the word “penultimate”

Last Thursday, I used “penultimate” to describe my next-to-last interview on our local NPR affiliate, and discovered that using such a word gets attention.  So naturally, I have to use it again. I also have to write down this day, because it’s been pretty overwhelming. I’ve had a summer cold for almost a week now,Continue reading “Another excuse to use the word “penultimate””

Lessons in inadequacy

A few weeks back, a couple of grad school friends trekked to Everest Base Camp.  I viewed the pictures of them looking fit and happy while slumped in my office chair feeling slothlike and boring. This past week, I stood on a pier at the Norfolk Navy base and watched as the USS Carr, aContinue reading “Lessons in inadequacy”