Over the course of the average lifetime, a person takes around 700 million breaths. It may be the case, as the axiom goes, that "life isn't measured by how many breaths you take, but by how many moments take your breath away." Nevertheless, our relationship to every moment is nothing if not a baffling mixture of dreamlike wonder and prosaic incomprehension. The expression "It seems like only yesterday ..." is so much part of our discourse that it exists beyond the realm of cliché. And yet it was only yesterday that a friend described her life over the past few weeks since experiencing a terrible car accident as being "that... More >>>