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WITandWISDOM(tm) - March 5, 2001

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

A man is already halfway in love with a woman who listens to him. - Brendan Francis

Source: Keith's Mostly Clean Humor, McHawList- subscribe@yahoogroups.com


For eight years the struggling young writer wrote incredible numbers of short stories and articles for publication, and for eight long years they were rejected. Fortunately, he didn't give up, and for that he--and America--will always be grateful.

On one occasion... an editor wrote an encouraging note on a rejection slip. It simply said, "Nice try." I think you'll agree that most of us would not rate that little comment very high on the encouragement list, but it literally brought tears to the young writer's eyes. He was given new hope... he simply would not give up.

Finally after many years of effort, he wrote what has deeply affected the entire world and helped him to become one of the most influential writers of the '70s. I'm speaking of Alex Haley and his book ROOTS...

The message is clear: If you have a dream and really believe you have some ability that can be expressed, pursue that dream. Don't give up.

From: Zig Ziglar's Free Weekly Newsletter /www.zigziglar.com

Source: Inspiration A Day!, inspiration_a_day- subscribe@listbot.com

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

HOW TO WRITE GOOD Part 4 of 4 [Feb 12, 19, 27, Mar 5]

About sentence fragments.

Don't use commas, which aren't necessary.

Its very important that you use apostrophe's right.

Don't abbrev.

Check to see if you have any words out.

As far as incomplete constructions, they are wrong.

Never use a preposition to end a sentence with.

The active voice is preferred.

Use of the passive voice is to be avoided.

Eschew obfuscation.

Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do.

Submitted by Drew Shirley


As I approached the church entrance a friend stepped aside and held the door for me. "Thank you, Bill," I said as I walked through. "Is there a tip involved?" "Oh, no, Mary Catherine," he answered. "My mother taught me never to be good for money, but always to be good for nothing."

Source: Kitty's Daily Mews, Copyright (c) 1997-2001 All rights reserved worldwide, mailto:kittysubs@katscratch.com?subject=Sub_KDM

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

Once when Abraham Lincoln was visiting the Union front during the Civil War, a young aide-de-camp was showing him around. Lincoln wanted to take a look at the enemy, so he stood up, top hat and all.

As musket fire began coming his way, the aide-de-camp, named Oliver Wendell Holmes, took Lincoln's arm and dragged him to safety, saying, "Get down, you fool!"

Later the young aide worried about his hasty remark. How would the Commander in Chief react to such disrespect? His concern evaporated when Lincoln sought him out before departing, and said, "Good-bye, Colonel Holmes. I'm glad to see you know how to talk to a civilian."

Source: Bits & Pieces, July 25, 1992, Copyright (c) Economic Press, Inc., www.epinc.com

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