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►   One of my favorites . . .

“OMIT NEEDLESS WORDS”
Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all his sentences short, or that he avoid all detail and treat his subjects only in outline, but that every word tell.
                                                    William Strunk, Jr.
                                                 Elements of Style 1918    
                                        

It should be noted, that in as much as “the pen is mightier than the sword," silence, too harbors an effective force.

Too quick to talk, too slow to listen is too little a reward. 

Even the blind have a “mind’s eye” and whatever created, whether in words or drawing, is first in the mind’s eye. Until either is manifested it cannot be shared, loved or hated. In this lies the double edge of the sword . . . once revealed the privacy is shared and lost.

                                 BSJ

 


 

We are my friend, all products of our own making; a series of intricate layers interdependent and created one by the other.

One has what he or she has only if it is cared for.  A failure to take care of what we have results in eventually having nothing.

Look around at what you have. Is tampering with any of its multiple interactive layers worth the consequence?

                                     BSJ


  "A knowledge of different literatures is the best way to free one's self from the tyranny of any of them."

         Jos'. Marti


►  Sandpaper and Words

 Words, not unlike sandpaper, can make something rough or make something smooth. You might say they can uphold or upturn.

Much to my pleasure, words remain our foremost means of communicaton. It is important, however, to be mindful of the fact that they can be made as powerful a part of one's communication arsenal as one chooses, but like all power it must be used carefully and with an awareness of its effect.

Certainly, ethnic and racial sensitivities contribute to the way words are inferred, whether implied or not. But it can not be mistaken that it is more the sensitivity than a reality in most cases. It may also be that over the passing of time certain groups have found  their sensitivities a unique source of power to which they are able to rally support. It goes goes without saying that certain derogatory phrases and words have come to be associated with certain groups. This in itself has evolved and in our present world of "politically correctness" emerged as another means of labeling and defining. Generally, it is from an assumed position that such labeling and defining originates. I guess, in simplest terms one might just call it "name calling."

Herein lies my commitment to my own adage:                                 " I would rather not speak at all than to so often be misunderstood!"

 

►   Thinking of Rod McKuen . . . some things he said that I love!

He said he was not a joiner. People , he said join clubs now for the same reason they once carried them, a need for security!

He never said he likes always being alone. He just preferred it to being with just anybody .

►TWINS

A Grandfather's comments and advice

→  Before you know too much, they are

"Swish and Swash"

→  Know a little more and they are

"Squat and Squirt"

→  If they get to be too much, give one to your sister!

→  No, you won't need two changing tables - you can only change one at a time.

→   How do you breast feed two? That's why you have two breasts?

→   Twins help with the aging process for grandparents. Although you will have to buy twice as much each birthday, you only have to remember one date!

→   The most frequent response to the news:                         " Oh my God!"