I look away for just a nanosecond and lose all train of thought. It’s this election. No one can focus on anything but watching it come to an end. Tonight it will be over. The people will have elected a new President. Maybe then we can all concentrate on something for longer than nanoseconds again.

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Author: Virginia DeBolt

Writer and teacher who writes blogs about web education, writing practice, and pop culture.

2 thoughts on “Nanosecond”

  1. Isn’t it interesting that lately, at least from the time of WWII much of change in language, even the very way we speak, originates in the theoretical or applied (technological) sciences? Words are symbols and language, IMOH, results from the underlying reality. Nanosecond is a great example.. Time as past, present, future is definitely relative. It certainly no longer connotes rather lengthy stable eras. Time that symbolizes evolutionary, everlasting change is the only remaining stability we can count on. Nanosecond represents it well. Chicago’s public art sculpture, The Bean, also brings home to us the instability of existence as well as its infinitely changing relationships. We used to say “in a blink of an eye.” Now that isn’t good enough. “In a nanosecond” conveys greater rapidity and is a better expression of our era. (to use an anachronism). .

  2. This was her second breast cancer surgery and she believed there would be nothing she was unfamiliar with. She was having the procedure at one of the top hospitals in the country. Her female surgeon was the director of the Woman’s Breast Cancer Center. She completely trusted her and was quite comfortable with facing this second surgery. However, in what felt to her like a nanosecond she awoke and said, “ouch!” That was it. She was back out and under so quickly that there were times that she later found it difficult to believe it happened. It was surrealistic.

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