When Grammar and Geography Collide: Emigrant versus Immigrant

To emigrate is to exit a country; to immigrate is to come into a country. Emigrants exit; immigrants come in. E-E-I-I. How often have you heard or read this memory trick? It's repeated without thought, like a burp after a sip of soda: involuntary and expected. The emigrant/immigrant pair came up in the final assignment … Continue reading When Grammar and Geography Collide: Emigrant versus Immigrant

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The Funeral Home

Funeral home. Funeral parlour. Mortuary. Whatever you call it, you probably only go rarely, and only when summoned to. Like other places of death—ambulances, hospitals, hospices—the necropolis remains marginal in most people's lives. I've been to a dozen funerals, at least. At each one, people offered condolences, shook hands, cried, and stood in circles, talking … Continue reading The Funeral Home

At Home in Ikea

My home is a collage of recent and not-so-recent Ikea catalogues. I eat at an Ikea table, sit on Ikea chairs, work at an Ikea desk, arrange my books on Ikea shelves, lounge on an Ikea couch, draw Ikea curtains, and sleep on an Ikea bed. And in this collage, the actual Ikea catalogue sits … Continue reading At Home in Ikea