Statistics can tell a compelling story. Or they can hide one. It depends on who's interpreting the numbers.
Q. My husband has been taking lisinopril for years now to control hypertension. We never associated his persistent nonstop coughing with this drug until today.
Randy Newman apparently wrote his song, “Short People,” about individuals who are short in a figurative sense -- meaning “short-tempered and small-minded.” He was surprised at the strong reaction to the song, though he croons, “Short people got no reason to live.”
Once upon a time, in the not too far-away village of Efland, there was a school named Efland Cheeks Elementary School. In that school there was a young third-grade teacher named Omar Currie. He was well-liked by his students and their parents
One year, I took my middle school 8th graders to see a play in a nearby town, although, on a school bus with a speed regulator on it and 40 screaming children, a teacher wouldn’t actually call it a “nearby” town. No, for a teacher it would fall under the heading “Might As Well Be Yemen.” But, as with childbirth, the heavens protect teachers from remembering the pain once it’s over, so that we’ll blindly trot right back into pregnancy and field trips as clueless as we were before.
I don’t generally have great expectations when celebrities of any stripe cross genres to write a book. I hold out some hope for actors and actresses whose understanding of characterization and pacing has the potential to show up in their writing.