Monthly Archives: October 2011

The Magic of Words

In My Fair Lady, Eliza Doolittle sang, “Words! Words! I’m so sick of words!” Unlike Eliza, I love words and the wordsmiths who use them.  In the past, I had a crush on Abba Eban (Israel’s former ambassador to the … Continue reading

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Call Me Old Fashioned

Call me old fashioned, but when I attend a concert of Classical music, I don’t need or expect extraneous embellishments. Two weeks ago at a nearby movie theater, I enjoyed a giant screen live broadcast of Gustavo Dudamel conducting the … Continue reading

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The Derivation of Words

I studied Latin for six years, two years in Junior High and four years in High School. I nailed the Latin Achievement Test on the SATs. During my interview at Pembroke (now officially Brown University), the interviewer cited my background … Continue reading

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Today, one of my short stories was rejected for the third, fourth, maybe fifth time.  I stopped counting. Some publications are kind enough to send whole pages of writing suggestions–most of which I already practice.  This last rejected story involved … Continue reading

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Characters Whose Names Begin With The Same Letter

In writing classes, instructors caution that character names beginning with the same letter confuse the reader. Amen to that.  I just finished a novel where two ranchers, prominent to the story, were named Stallard and Stargill.  A mother and daughter … Continue reading

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