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Saving Hong Kong

Janice Heck:

Photos of Umbrella Revolution from 20-year expat, Marcia Barham, who was the music teacher when I was principal of the Lower Primary School, Hong Kong International School. (I left HK in 2000.)

Originally posted on marciabarham - Four Oceans, One Family:

Sent to the The Foreign Correspondents’ Club, Hong Kong

So I read online where the FCC was asking for our photos of the Umbrella Movement. My first thoughts – oh, that’s great, I have been down four times and taken photographs trying to preserve my memories of Occupy Central; I have lots of photos; I wanted friends to know more about what is currently happening in HK. Then I thought, Oh crap, the FCC asked for photos – that is THE journalists’ club of Asia; I can never submit my photos! But why not, my perspective may be a bit different as an associate member. So here we go.

Arriving in Hong Kong July of ’94, I had little knowledge of the city, its culture or history with China. That was to quickly change. I took a teaching position at the Hong Kong International School as an adventure and it being…

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Worst of the Week: Writing Errors in Everyday Life: Your, You’re

Janice Heck:

Here’s a post from my writing blog.

Originally posted on Janice Heck Writes:

This trash can owner is obviously annoyed with some of his dog-walking neighbors.

OC Shout, fall 030

This error is so easy to avoid.

You are = you’re.

Omitted punctuation doesn’t help this frustrated person’s message either.

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Words That Make My Heart Go Boom — Part 2

Janice Heck:

Another great collection of quotes from E. Check her blog, A Sign of Life: Seeking forward motion one sign of life at a time.

http://asignoflife.wordpress.com

Originally posted on A Sign Of Life:

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Nurturing Thurs – Another Shot

Janice Heck:

Great advice!

Originally posted on "On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea":


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If you have not gotten it right yet —
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Take another shot!!
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Be kind to yourself:
GET OUT OF YOUR WAY and Continue Clicking!!
<3 <3 <3

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Frequent Contributors to
Nurturing Thursday:

Inside the Mind of Isadora
Tea and Paper
Carol Carlisle
Mazeepuran
Jacqueline King
Pocket Perspectives
Meg Evans
Hope* the Happy Hugger
Laurie’s Gentle Healing Notes

 Welcome our newest participant:
Michelle of Hope* the Happy Hugger

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What is Nurturing Thursday, you ask?

In this amazingly competitive society of ours, how many of us truly feel good about ourselves? How often do we extend to ourselves … the same courtesies, considerations, nurturing, forgiveness and understanding we would a loved one, a friend, or even a stranger?

Our culture tells us we need to be special and above average to feel good about ourselves. Yet, it is not possible for all of us to be above…

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9/11—NEVER FORGET

Janice Heck:

Never forget.

Originally posted on Russel Ray Photos:

9/11

NEVER FORGET

Eagle and United States flag

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Introducing Kathryn Ross, Performance Storyteller, and her New YouTube Video

Janice Heck:

Meet my friend, Kathryn Ross. If you are a home schooler, you will enjoy her forthcoming book described in this YouTube video.

Originally posted on Janice Heck Writes:

KathrynI count among my friends Kathryn Ross of The Writer’s Reverie.

Kathryn, Performance Storyteller, is passionate about literature, history, and biblical truths, giving performances to both home and public schooled children in the Southern New Jersey area.

Dressed in the clothing style of her time frame, she dramatizes her stories and brings them to life, much to the delight and wonder of her audiences.

Kathryn’s words describe her work:

I’m Kathryn Ross, an Enrichment Artist with a passion to bless and inspire others to a life more abundant and purposeful in all good things and beauty.

I share such treasures through the power of dramatized storytelling, blogging at The Writer’s Reverie, publishing my works through Pageant Wagon Publishing, hosting teatime hospitality retreats, and exploring handcrafted creative arts through Cameo Impressions at Etsy.

My love of God and Biblical values also permeates the original literature and history programming I write and perform for varied audiences as Pageant…

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Serial Commas, Parallel Structure, and Zombies for Hire

Janice Heck:

Zombies teach about parallel structure and serial commas in this post!

Originally posted on Janice Heck Writes:

In Serial Commas and Compulsive Behavior, serial comma (aka Harvard Comma and Oxford Comma) combatants duked it out over correct usage.

On my scoreboard, the serial comma won, hands down. But journalists, Brits, and Aussies don’t all agree with me.

A Bigger Problem: Parallel Structure

But a major underlying issue compounds the serial comma problem: parallel structure.

To be grammatically correct, both serial commas and parallel structure must be right in your writing.

Constance Hale, author of Sin and Syntax: How to Craft wickedly Effective Prose (1999), reminds us of the danger of not books on writing - Hale 001understanding parallel structure and appropriate punctuation:

Some of the most hilarious errors in English result from phrases that aren’t properly tracked. If you don’t know what you’re doing, phrases will deliver you straight to The Danger Zone.

Want to avoid errors with serial commas and parallel structure and keep June Casagrande’s nasty old grammar snobs from picking on your…

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Apostrophe Atrocity: On The Marquee at the Shore

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Heavens forfend! An error on the marquee down at the shore.

Contractions photo - Janice Heck

The contraction stands for two words: Let us. Using the contraction form, it should read “Let’s…”

Oh well, the heat must have gone to someone’s head!

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Serial Commas and Compulsive Behavior

Originally posted on Janice Heck Writes:

Academics and journalists duke it out when it comes to using serial commas in sentences.

Serial commas (aka the Oxford comma and the Harvard Comma)

…come before conjunctions (most often before and, or)

…when used in a series (or list) of three or more words, phrases, or clauses in sentences.

Commas in series, graphic

What are the colors in the American flag? The academics write it this way:

The American flag is red, white, and blue.       (with serial comma)

American flag

The journalists (along with the Brits and Aussies) favor this writing:

The British flag is red, white and blue.       (without serial comma)

British flag

The Battleground

Turns out there is a long history of wordy disputes between these two deeply-rooted warring camps.  Lynn Truss, a Brit and author of TrussEats, Shoots & Leaves, traces the conflict back hundreds of years and advises,

Never make the mistake of getting between these two groups, especially when the…

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One Tired, Tarnished Writing Tip…with Six Twists

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Read.

That’s It. That’s the tired tip.

Read.

Probably the most common piece of advice given to wannabe and novice writers. The advice is generic…read, read, read.

Yes, and then . . .?

What does reading do for our writing?

Pat Conroy, author of My Reading Life (2010), suggests this:Conroy My Reading Life

Now when I pick up a book, the prayer that rises out of me is that it changes me utterly and that I am not the man who first selected that book from a well-stocked shelf.

The unstated purposes of “read, read, read” for writers are

  •  to explore all genres of writing,
  •  to identify qualities in writing that appeal to us as readers,
  •  to emulate those fine qualities in our own writing, and
  •  ultimately, as Conroy suggests, to internalize our reading so we change and become better persons ourselves.

How can you read more, high quality writers without spending a fortune…

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