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About thomasfarley01

Freelance writer specializing in outdoor subjects, particularly rocks, gems and minerals.

Loveliest of Trees by A.E. Housman

— Loveliest of Trees by A.E. Housman Loveliest of trees, the cherry now Is hung with bloom along the bough, And stands about the woodland ride Wearing white for Eastertide. Now, of my threescore years and ten, Twenty will not … Continue reading

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More On Real World Revising and Editing

Content writers don’t care about word choice. Not ultimately. It’s up to the editor, perhaps their boss, or ┬ámaybe the client who makes the final decision on words and word usage. That’s why assessment tests with difficult grammar problems make … Continue reading

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Real World Revising and Editing

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Non-Snowflake Women

Non-Snowflake Women These are just a few women I have admired over the years for their relentless advocacy. When confronted they did not back down, change their tone, or change their views. They needed no cover. You took cover from … Continue reading

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My First Encounter With a Snowflake

My First Encounter With a Snowflake “Snowflake is a 2010s derogatory slang term for a person, implying that they have an inflated sense of uniqueness, an unwarranted sense of entitlement, or are overly-emotional, easily offended, and unable to deal with … Continue reading

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An Entire Email Filled With This

“We have also enabled functionality that will allow you to leverage a 3rd party patient engagement application to manage your personal health care information. Currently, the patient engagement application that communicates with our Electronic Health Record software is MyLinks.” At … Continue reading

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A Computer Wrote This Op-Ed. Sort of.

The Guardian (external link) asked Liam Porr, a computer science undergraduate student at Berkeley, to have a computer with the latest technology write an essay. The op-ed dragged on endlessly and I wondered if repetition was programmed into its instructions. … Continue reading

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Nina Simone

Rockhounding site: https://southwestrockhounding.com Writing site: https://thomasfarleywriting.com The incomparable Nina Simone. Trying her best to convince herself. Like what we’re all trying to do.

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Google Translating Rilke

Google, Frauenfarn, and Systran Translating Rilke Rilke is a mostly impenetrable poet whose craft hints at great things, only briefly glimpsed through a language barrier and the inherent nature of the mystic. I’ve written many times on him, this is … Continue reading

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That’s All That I Remember

Incident by Countee Cullen (1903 – 1946) Once riding in old Baltimore, Heart-filled, head-filled with glee, I saw a Baltimorean Keep looking straight at me. Now I was eight and very small, And he was no whit bigger, And so … Continue reading

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