I dreamed that I had coffee and dessert with Lewis Thomas, who said the
most delightful things, such as: "I have grown fond of semicolons in
recent years. ... It is almost always a greater pleasure to come across
a semicolon than a period. The period tells you that that is
that; if you didn't get all the meaning you wanted or expected, anyway
you got all the writer intended to parcel out and now you have to move
along. But with a semicolon there you get a pleasant little
feeling of expectancy; there is more to come; read on; it will get
Then I dreamed of sitting in a court of law, where "I witnessed a jury
trial over the placement of a semicolon," just as in THIS TIME I DANCE!
by Tama J. Kieves.