Who hasn’t marvelled over the miracle of our existence, seemingly appearing out of nowhere?
Who hasn’t marvelled over the complexities of the human mind, seemingly each a world, indeed, a universe unto itself?
Who hasn’t marvelled over the complexities of the heart, and the great love it is capable of feeling?
Who hasn’t marvelled over the love that binds couples, families and friends, indeed, even strangers at times?
Who hasn’t marvelled over both the inevitability of death and the subsequent grief it leaves in its wake?
Who hasn’t marvelled over man’s ability to forget all of the above . . . at times?
P.S. OK, grammar freaks . . . did I use “marvelled over” incorrectly here? Should it be “marvelled at”? Or does it really matter?
It doesn’t matter, Julian, expecially when it’s an article…or so I’ve been told. My pet peeves are using which rather than that, less than when you can’t count it v.. a number that you can count – among others.
Grammar goddess per my last boss & my husband.
I’m with you on those two pet peeves, Cheri. I always correct them in the copy I handle at work.
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As far as grammar goes, I believe that ‘if you don’t say what you mean, you don’t mean what you say’, so precision in words I use, to me, is of utmost importance. However, let’s not let grammar stand it the way of substance and of whimsey. Our language is designed to be flexible and adaptable, and so grammar and spelling should subjugate to the overall meaning of what the speaker is saying. Often, breaking the rules creatively and purposefully enhances the message. So now… back to substance. Let’s celebrate all the good things that make us good, let’s, sometimes, be happy to be alive.
Don’t worry your pretty little blond head about it. You’re a journalist; no one expects you to know anything about grammar.