Word by Word

Creating myself one word at a time.

August 31, 2013

You know you’re a history nerd when…you spend fours hours at the historical society flipping through old newspaper microfiche and it still isn’t long enough.

“You will never make your mark as a writer unless you develop a respect for words and a curiosity about their shades of meaning that is almost obsessive.”–William Zinser

August 30, 2013

My daughter is now a freshman in high school and over the summer was asked to read The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton for AP English class. This was a book I read in eighth grade and it left an impression on me. So, I decided to revisit some of the books from my past as …

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The March on Washington 50 years ago was a turning point in American history. It also offers us an example of very powerful spoken words. Rev. King was able to weave simple words together that still raise the hair on my neck and bring tears to my eyes. I want to thank Rev. King and …

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“I like hanging around words listening to what they say.”—W.H. Auden I’m not sure when my love of words began. It may have been in third grade when I wrote my first short story. It was a handwritten exposition about my youngest sister—a dabbling in non-fiction that didn’t last long. It could have been in …

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