Mark Twain’s Rules for Good Writing

Thanks to the Interesting Literature blog, we have this informative and hilarious article on Mark Twain’s writing tips.

Originally posted on Interesting Literature:

Mark Twain’s 18 rules for writing – part of his response to the fiction of James Fenimore Cooper

Mark Twain (1835-1910) is the writer who once observed, ‘The difference between the almost right word and the right word is the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning.’ (We include that pithy gem in our selection of Mark Twain’s best one-liners.) In his essay, ‘Fenimore Cooper’s Literary Offenses‘ (1895), Twain took the author of The Deerslayer and The Last of the Mohicans to task for his flawed writing style. Scathingly, but hilariously, he writes:

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Bring In The Light

The Creator Writings blog brings us this uplifting post.

Originally posted on The Creator Writings:

Each of you carries a bit of darkness inside.  Whether it is from past negative experiences or things you feel you may have done wrong in the past.  Today, you are invited to take a closer look at that darkness and how much space it takes up within your being.  If you chose to release that darkness, can you see what an incredible amount of space would be available for Light?!

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I cried this morning. A yankee great, Yogi Berra Dead at 90. NEW YORK YANKEES FOREVER

He was a larger-than-life character and top player. RIP
Thank you for this remembrance and honor to him and the team from the blog I Know I Made You Smile.

Originally posted on I Know I Made You Smile:

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Where are the snows of yesteryear?  Where are the ethics of yesteryear? Where are the politicians of yesteryear?

Where is the dignity of FDR?

Where is the straight-forwardness of Truman?

Where is the intelligence of JFK?

Where is the charisma of Reagan?

(I’m giving both sides a voice).

What we seem to have now is  Who is King of the Hill?  Who can pee further? Whose are largest? little boy games.  And at the head of the slide on the playground is Billionaire Bully, the Ugly American. self-appointed emperor with no clothes.

Where is the common sense, let’s speak  rationally, let’s negotiate, let’s listen to the people and find ways to better the situation without resorting to mud pies, insults, and temper tantrums?

This our country and human beings at stake, not the playthings of Congress and all politicians.

Patriot Day – 9/11/2001

Trust our servicemen to take charge.

Originally posted on Pacific Paratrooper:

Some of the destruction caused when the high-jacked American Airlines flight slammed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11. The terrorist attack caused extensive damage to the west face of some of the destruction caused when the high-jacked American Airlines flight slammed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11. The terrorist attack caused extensive damage to the west face of the Pentagon

AFTER FLIGHT 77 hit the Pentagon on 9/11, the following incident occurred:

A chaplain, who happened to be assigned to the Pentagon, told of an incident that never made the news:
“A daycare facility inside the Pentagon had many children, including infants who were in heavy cribs. The daycare supervisor, looking at all the children they needed to evacuate, was in a panic over what they could do. There were many children, mostly toddlers, as well as the infants that would need to be taken out with the cribs.

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“There was no time to try to bundle them into carriers and strollers. Just then a young Marine came running into the center and asked what they needed…

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Try to keep from moving as you fall into the rhythm.

Originally posted on Poesy plus Polemics:

Scott Joplin Portrait by fdlmstudio From Scott Joplin
Portrait by fdlmstudio

ragged rhythms
strode boldly
turned the
century corner
where wine
colored light
played on ivory
bordello pianos
gave stagger
to swaggering
sounds of an
ushering era
a time bridge
for music to
pass from its
martial born
meters through
missed beats
the drop stitch
of rag where
it danced for
brief stutter step
moments till
it tripped and fell
headlong smack
into the jazz age

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#RefugeesWelcome: Being Human Isn’t Illegal

Suzie says it all. Being human is not illegal.

Originally posted on Suzie Speaks:

imageIt’s rare that I comment or share opinion on political issues. I generally adopt what I would consider to be a liberal perspective on most things, and ultimately, I believe that everyone deserves the right to live how they choose in a safe, healthy and happy place.

As Europe is divided over the waves of thousands of refugees desperately fleeing war in Africa and the Middle East, there is one image that will forever stay in my mind – that of Aylan Kurdi, the Syrian toddler whose body washed up on a Turkish beach on Tuesday. The picture has been beamed all over the world and has become a symbol for the worst refugee crisis since World War II.

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