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A poem on the writing of letters


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The other day someone (thanks Chris) posted a quote from John Donne on facebook that said “letters mingle souls”. Being a lover of both John Donne’s poetry, and of letters, I had to go away and look this up. I certainly concur that there is a particular closeness developed through the writing of letters, though

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Integrity and fear


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I liked this post on integrity from Don Miller. I don’t know about this link between integrity and being ‘integrated’, except that it is the same root word, or what that would look like precisely within yourself, but it is an interesting idea. And I like how he cuts people a little slack in this notion of

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Shakespeare’s contribution to English


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Hopefully some readers are enjoying their Shakespeare education. If you think some of the quotes sound cliché, the thing to remember is that it was actually Shakespeare who coined them. You can scroll down at this link to see just some of the many phrases and words that Shakespeare invented . Here is a sample

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What lives beneath


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… … she looks into my eyes as if trying to catch the image of a minnow that has darted across the pool of a limpid spring. Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood This is our next bookclub book. For some reason I really liked that sentence, that metaphor. It captures the way it often is, when

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Ali’s grammar tip #1


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I try very hard not to be one of those grammar nazis who corrects others on the internet. I don’t think there are any prizes, or is a whole lot of goodwill on offer, for being that person. But I work as an editor, trained to spot such mistakes, I have done the Cambridge CELTA

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