"When you say the author of the study followed boys from 6th to 8th grades, do you mean he studied the same boys as they moved through the grades, or did he just follow boys who were in those grades?"
Oops - sorry. Was I whining about copy editing again? My bad. Anyway that question has been resolved, thanks to a brief email exchange with the professor who conducted the research.
Yesterday I got to babysit my great niece, little Amelia. We had some important talks about life. She also had to endure my singing. Taking care of an infant - she's just over 3 weeks old - came right back to me, but there was one thing I had forgotten: the impossible softness of a newborn's feet. I mean these little puppies have not really touched the ground yet. They are as smooth as the rest of her sweet little body. And the smell of a new baby...if they could bottle that particular scent, I know we would have world peace.
In the quest of personal peace, though, I must get back to the manuscript....