Tag Archives: Stories

English Language Day 2019: Avocado, OK, Denim and Other English Words That Have Interesting Origin Stories

Words in English (Photo Credits: File Image) On April 23, playwright William Shakespeare’s birthday, the world celebrates English Language Day. As a part of the UN’s efforts to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity, English Language Day was first observed in 2010. No other language enjoys the same esteemed status that English does today. Thanks to… Read More »

A final HealthNewsReview.org report card from 3,200+ systematic reviews of health care news stories & PR releases

In 2005, as I began building HealthNewsReview.org, I got permission from Dr. David Henry of the Media Doctor Australia project to adopt their news story review criteria. In the ensuing 13 years, no one has ever placed in front of me a solid, specific suggestion for a better set of criteria for reviewing stories about… Read More »

The final finisher: The inspiring stories of last-place marathon runners

He was the final finisher. When David Fraser crossed the finish line at the TCS New York City Marathon last year, it marked his 10th time completing that race, using his toes to push his wheelchair to the finish line. He was the final finisher. When Amina Abdul-Jalil crossed the finish line this year at… Read More »

Adventures with Ambien and Other Stories

One woman’s hysterical look at funny and tragic situations. Growing up in a large family, she described her early life as being the oldest daughter and the only slave in a family of eight children. From getting trained to kill roosters, visits to the local psych ward, to searching for psycho killers, you will laugh… Read More »