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Can Writing a Certain Amount of Words a Day Improve Your Writing?

RAW TRANSCRIPTION — THIS IS SIMPLY SEO FODDER NB: I can’t transcribe properly without saying things like period, next line, new paragraph and so on. Therefore, I would not be freely speaking in this recording but rather dictating.   Can … Continue reading

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An Evil Spirit, Your Beauty, Haunts Me Still, by Michael Drayton

Drayton’s work wears well the dust of centuries. An Evil Spirit, Your Beauty, Haunts Me Still by Michael Drayton (1563–1631) An evil spirit, your beauty, haunts me still, Wherewith, alas, I have been long possess’d, Which ceaseth not to tempt … Continue reading

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I Hoed and Trenched and Weeded by A.E. Housman

No one has ever written better about depression, futility, and ending it all than A.E. Housman. (internal link) All of us question the Meaning of Life at times and wonder whether it is worth going on. Housman’s heartbroken or doomed … Continue reading

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“John Kinsella’s Lament for Mrs Mary Moore” by W.B. Yeats

The best Irish poetry is always longing. Often melancholy. Yeats is most famous for “When You are Old,” a Thomas Kinkade painting put into words. When You are Old When you are old and grey and full of sleep, And nodding … Continue reading

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They Were Nice People. Generally.

“They were nice people. Generally.” Reportedly said by a witness to the dealings of Richard Nixon’s inner circle. That included henchmen like H.R.Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, and John Mitchell. Nice people. Generally. Working Around Connected People in the late 1980s. A … Continue reading

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Keats and Proust and Lennon and McCartney

This poem, this prose, and this song, all remind me of each other. Ben Whishaw beautifully reads Keats. La Belle Dame sans Merci: A Ballad by John Keats (1795 -1821) O what can ail thee, knight-at-arms, Alone and palely loitering? The sedge … Continue reading

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Tyger Tyger, Burning Bright!

Tyger Tyger, Burning Bright! William Blake was a poet and an artist. He was one of the first in Britain (or anywhere else in Europe) to see a tiger in person when he saw one in London. As an artist … Continue reading

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When Did Lying Become Illegal?

Freedom of speech includes the right to lie and make things up. That right is being threatened. Laws against slander and libel are well settled. The law’s insistence on truth in specific cases like contracts usually makes common sense. As … Continue reading

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Indeed.com Review

Breaking News: Indeed.com just released this video without real numbers which states there is a worker shortage. Nonsense. What’s lacking are employers willing (or perhaps able) to pay a decent rate. Raise wages and qualified people appear from everywhere. Truck … 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  maybe 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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