Friday, October 18, 2013

Visually weird..................but really good

Tom Jones with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.....Long Time

The Licking Land Trust

Your faithful blogger has been a dues paying (but never meeting attending) member of the Licking Land Trust.  The Trust is a local not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and protection of wetlands, waterways, woods, and other significant green spaces. Today's mail brought news of their annual meeting to be held on November 7th.  At the meeting they will raffle off the James Young painting imaged below.  You can acquire your very own raffle ticket here.  Young is a local artist of considerable talent.  His works have shown up on this blog before.  Thinking we may attend the annual meeting.

James Young       "Looking Ahead"

Opening paragraphs...............

He no longer called her by his dead wife's name, even though the resemblance was strong enough to make his heart ache.  Sometimes, when he woke and found her sitting next to his hospital bed, he thought he was hallucinating.
-David Morrell,  Scavenger

Fun with the language......................

A brief exposition on How To Write by Frank L. Visco:

"My several years in the word game have learnt me several rules:

1.   Always avoid alliteration.

2.   Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.

3.   Avoid cliches like the plague.  (They're old hat.)

4.   Employ the vernacular.

5.   Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.

6.   Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are unnecessary.

7.   It is wrong to ever split and infinitive.

8.   Contractions aren't necessary.

9.   Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.

10. One should never generalize.

11. Eliminate quotations.  As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said:  "I hate quotations. Tell me what you know."

12. Comparisons are as bad as cliches.

13. Don't be redundant;  don't use more words than necessary; it's highly superfluous.

14. Profanity sucks.

15. Be more or less specific.

16. Understatement is always best.

17. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.

18. One-word sentences?  Eliminate.

19. Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.

20. The passive voice is to be avoided.

21. Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.

22. Even if a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.

23. Who needs rhetorical questions?"

For the curious amongst you, the Oracle Google is not full of easy information about Frank L. Visco.  It is pretty sure, however, that these rules first appeared in the June 1986 issue of Writer's Digest.

The Art of blogging........................

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and from the archives........................










Fifty years ago.........................

Burt Lancaster, et. al.................................The Leopard

Good advice for only $79.................


The kids will be just fine....................

"By the Spring of 1998, Jonathan was 13, and his ambitions were growing. He had glimpsed the essential truth of the market: that even people who called themselves professionals are often incapable of independent thought and that most people, though obsessed with money, have little ability to make decisions about it."
-Michael Lewis, as excerpted from this wonderful, if somewhat dated, tale.   Lewis offers a peek behind the curtain to find out what the S.E.C. and Wall Street are really like.  Our country is in the best of hands.

thanks ryan

Cultural Offering........................

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