Monthly Archives: September 2007

thankfully

Some years ago, I had a client who used thankfully incorrectly. At the time, I didn’t know enough about usage to explain what the problem was. Now, I know. It’s all in the meaning of the word. The Chicago Manual … Continue reading

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writing exercise

Yesterday I wrote about the benefits of meditation and physical exercise, such as swimming, in clearing the mind before writing. Today, I want to give a plug to the value of freewriting. Whether the task before you is essay writing, … Continue reading

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calm mind a must

A couple weeks ago, a client and I had a perfect demonstration of how helpful it is to be calm and clear before writing. Neither one of us was calm or clear during a telephone consultation; we were rushed and … Continue reading

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reason…because

The frequent use of reason with because makes me crazy. I am grateful that I came across several examples of this grammatical error in the The Law of Attraction, by best-selling authors Esther and Jerry Hicks. I enjoy their books … Continue reading

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hyphen (not)

For the past several months, I have been helping a client write and edit the text for her brand new website. She has an impressive business background, and I summed it up like this: “richly-varied business experience.” I later learned … Continue reading

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redundancy

Redundancy has a special talent for sneaking into sentences when the writer isn’t looking. Following are two sentences by best-selling authors. The first is from a book about spiritual principles: Whenever you feel negative emotion, it is always telling you … Continue reading

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negative statements create problems

As I read Ram Dass’ Journey of Awakening yesterday, one sentence stumped me: Everyone needn’t go through the big public routes at all. The spiritual journey is individual, highly personal. It isn’t true that everybody should follow any one path. … Continue reading

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