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The balance of my mind
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Some time ago, I learned that British coroners, when returning a verdict of suicide, were fond of using the phrase "while the balance of his/her mind was temporarily disturbed".  While the balance of my mind was temporarily disturbed, it occurred to me that the wonderful irony of that "temporarily" was by no means confined to suicide, but would improve the recording of any human action whatever.  So I opened half a dozen biographical books and extracted a past-tense sentence from each at random:

While the balance of his mind was temporarily disturbed, Agee soon noticed the ardent, frightened girl from Utica.

While the balance of his mind was temporarily disturbed, he ordered that this horse should be kept as long as he would live, and it was so.

In 1946 and 1947, while the balance of his mind was temporarily disturbed, though he continued to live with Chester Kallman, Auden found himself involved in a heterosexual relationship as well.

Mr. McAllister, by the way, while the balance of his mind was temporarily disturbed, lost by seven times the size of his previous defeat.

While the balance of his mind was temporarily disturbed, this multi-talented jazzman organized his own Dixieland band at the start of the Roaring Twenties.

While the balance of his mind was temporarily disturbed, Kraemer hated the "ugly German."
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