In August, I blogged (link, link) about the methods anthropologists use to
determine the age of ancient ceramics.
is an article about a brick from Roman times that turned up at Fort Vancouver. The
brick may have been part of a cobblestone street or Roman ruin in Great Britain.
Historians speculate that during Colonial times, the brick was recycled for use
as ballast in an English ship that traveled to British Columbia. The brick is
adorned with the paw prints of an ancient Roman cat that stepped in the wet
clay about 2000 years ago.
I didn't use special night settings on my camera, although I did modify the exposure to maximum brightness. Of course, I used a tripod. I haven't been able to replicate the effect I achieved with my old point-and-shoot camera.
While most writers use exclamation points
judiciously, many people apply them liberally to sentence endings.This
punctuation mark confers various meanings, and the difference between a period and
an exclamation point may be a fine line.
A few weeks ago, I emailed the admissions department
at The Berklee College of Music to inquire about an error on Jeremy’s
application status page. His application fee had been marked both as paid and
outstanding. I received a courteous reply acknowledging the receipt of the
application fee. The email ended with, “Jeremy should be receiving a decision on January
I thought hard about that final exclamation point. Was it a mark of
random enthusiasm, or was it a hint to reassure an overanxious mother? I
decided it was the latter, but told no one. It would sound crazy. I’d be
accused of overthinking arbitrary punctuation.
It turns out, I was right, and I thank the kind
administrator who nourished my little kernel of hope through the month of