Category Archives: Writing

The Copy Editor’s Apology

When I joined the Pensters Writing Group a couple of years ago, my primary motivation was to benefit the Fairhope Public Library’s Tuesday Book Review & Lecture Series, of which I have been program chairman since 1993. I hoped to … Continue reading

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What is a “five-pound box”?

As I have previously mentioned, I am currently transcribing my father’s letters from Italy during World War II. As I said in “Why I Love the Internet,” it is very satisfying to track down details mentioned in the letters and … Continue reading

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Why I Love the Internet

At our Rotary meeting last week, WKRG-TV Sports Director Randy Patrick commented that it is now so easy to verify information online that there is no excuse for propagating misinformation. As a copy editor (in which capacity I also serve … Continue reading

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Is the postscript obsolete?

I was reading the Letters to the Editor in a magazine this morning (The Rotarian, if you must know), and one of them included a P.S. That got me to thinking, not for the first time, about the logic of … Continue reading

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A Million Little Pieces

Although I haven’t read James Frey’s book, I am aware that the “million little pieces” of his title have to do with the fragmentation or splintering of his life. In my case, what is fragmented is the record of my … Continue reading

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I’ve Been Thinking…

Really I have. Unfortunately, none of the things I’ve been thinking have been worth writing about. Or at least I can’t seem to make them “jell” into a reasonable blog post. Since no one is reading this blog, anyway, I … Continue reading

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The Elephant in My Head

I’ve been thinking about elephants a lot lately. Elephants are so massive (one might even say “mammoth,” but I’ll resist the temptation) that it’s not surprising that they make a memorable impression on anyone who has seen one. Not only … Continue reading

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