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Removing Grammar from My Life

I’m downsizing my grammar book collection, or at least trying to.  Tough job. I have so many favorites. How can I heartlessly toss these treasures in a box for a yard sale? No. Some simply cannot go.

Last night I picked up Essays of E. B. WhiteEssays by E.B.White (Harper Perennial, 1977 edition. Original copyright 1934). White is known for Charlotte’s Web, a book about a pig, a spider, and a young girl–a favorite with children everywhere. White is also known for his writings in the New Yorker and Harper’s magazine.

In one essay, White describes his own attempts to discard some of the accumulated miscellany gathered in his lifetime.  But one book, he decides, he can’t possibly disown is The Elements of Style,  the much favored, much challenged book Strunk and Whiteby William Strunk, Jr.

In 1919, E.B. White took an English class at Cornell University with Strunk as the teacher. Elements of Style was on the required reading list.

Years later, (1957) E.B. White was asked to revise of The Elements, but after time spent working on it, he decided that “I discovered that for all my fine talk, I was no match for the parts of speech…[and] I felt uneasy at posing as an expert on rhetoric, when the truth is I write by ear, always with difficulty and seldom with any exact notion of what is taking place under the hood.”

Those reservations notwithstanding, White did revise Strunk’s original work. And, of course, that work has been revised again and again and is still a best seller on Amazon.

Downsizing my grammar book collection forces me to pick up old favorites and riffle through their pages and even smell a bit of their mustiness. With a sigh, Essays and Elements both go into a box to be donated to the library for its book sale. If I get nostalgic for these oldies, I will visit them on Amazon. I am sure they will be there for years to come.

Janice Hall Heck is coauthor of  Triumph Over Terror, a book writtencropped-final-front-cover-triumph-over-terror-foreword-white-2.jpg with Bob Ossler Chaplain.  Look for more information at http://www.bobosslerchaplain.com and http://www.triumphoverterror.com

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Blue Skies

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Daily Post Prompt: Underdog

Bob Ossler, Chaplain

So this prompt I can write about: Underdog.

My coauthor (Janice Hall Heck) and I have written a book entitled Triumph Over Terror, a book about my experiences as a volunteer chaplain at Ground Zero after September 11. It was a hard book to write because of the painful memories of suffering that flooded back into my mind. But, to once and for all, clear my head of these memories, I enlisted the help of my writers critique group friend, Janice Hall Heck.

It took us a year, but now Triumph Over Terror has been published and available on
Amazon for just over a year where we have 51 5-star reviews.

Now we are in a Readers Choice competition, and we are an UNDERDOG, trailing a book about a special needs DOG by about 450 points. I don’t know how the author amassed so many votes. We have been working…

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Quest Conquered: Book Published

My last post, A Quest of Another Kind,  was about a challenge that my friend Chaplain Bob Ossler and I undertook: writing a book about his experiences at Ground Zero after September 11. It took over a year and more than 1000 typed pages in various drafts, but we completed it and found a small publisher interesting in getting it out in print and ebook formats. Triumph Over Terror is for sale on Amazon and Ingram.

The book, Triumph Over Terror, has been out for just over a year, and we have entered various contests. We claimed a Finalist position in the  AmericanBookFest.com Best Books of 2017 competition, and earned the right to post this award on our blog site and on the book itself. http://www.americanbookfest.com

Now we are in the Readers Choice competition and are presently in 5th place. This competition requires readers to vote for their favorite book. Each author tries to drum up as many friends and readers as possible.  There is not tangible reward for winning this competition–just some bragging rights and a gold sticker to paste on the front cover of the book. Mostly it’s an honor and even a bit humbling to see how many people like and vote for our book.

Would you vote for us, too. Click here. buff.ly/2zYMgjJ Category 6 #Memoir Triumph Over Terror by Chaplain Bob Ossler and Janice Hall Heck.

Please vote for Triumph Over Terror now. Click on the site, then click on the black bar (it says 1/16) at the right corner and wait a second. Then click through to page 6/16, and scroll down to Triumph Over Terror. A little circle will spin to show you have voted.

Thanks.

Triumph Over Terror Paperback – July 19, 2016

 

A Quest of Another Kind

Weekly Photo Challenge: Quest

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Simple Definition of quest…Merriam Webster online dictionary

  • : a journey made in search of something

  • : a long and difficult effort to find or do something

My friend, Bob Ossler, and I set out on a quest more than sixteen months ago: to write his memories of his work as a volunteer chaplain at Ground Zero in New York City after 9/11.

Bob is a talker and a storyteller. He is not a writer. But he joined a writers’ critique group that my friend, Kathryn Ross, and I organized at Cumberland County Community Church, in Millville, NJ.

Bob started telling his Ground Zero stories and stopped us cold. We listened to story after story, spellbound and teary-eyed.

When Bob stopped talking, silence overwhelmed the conference room. Then, almost in unison, the writers in the group said, “Bob, you must write these stories so readers can see a new picture of what happened at Ground Zero. Your stories tell about people with fractured and broken hearts and spirits. They don’t just tell about buildings that crashed to the ground.”

“I can’t write,” he insisted. “I’ve tried and tried. But each time I end up in an emotional mess. I just can’t do it.”

“Can you email?” I asked.

“Yes,” he answered.

“Then write me emails, and let’s see what happens.”

And that’s just what he did. Bob wrote me hundreds of emails of his memories about Ground Zero. We met weekly for three hours, and I plagued him for more details. We wrote and rewrote. Then we found a publisher, Scoti Springfield Domeij of Blackside Publishing, who caught our vision and encouraged us to keep writing.

Fifteen months and ten reams of paper later, our quest ended in a published book. Writing this book was a journey, a long and difficult journey, but we did it. And here is our final product. It was a quest well worth doing, but we are both glad that it is finished.  What will our next quest be? Stay turned. We are already working on another brainchild.

FINAL Front COVER Triumph Over Terror FOREWORD WHITE (2)

Triumph Over Terror is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats.

For more on this project see our website and blog at www.triumphoverterror.com

http://www.janiceheckwrites.com

Weekly Photo Challenge – Edge

At the edge of the lake at dusk…reflections…mirror

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15th Anniversary 9-11 Tribute

#NeverForget. Every September 11, patriotic Americans spend time reflecting on the terrorist attacks of 9-11. They were beyond our comprehension at that time…and even now remain incomprehensible. How could such a terrible attack occur on American soil? So many people lost their lives: firefighters, police officers, first responders, emergency workers, civilians. But America is strong, and we recover from these terrible events. Even so, we do not forget.

Chaplain Bob Ossler spent 45 days working at Ground Zero and his memories of those events are strong. He has recorded his memories and reflections in his book, Triumph Over Terror.  Here are a few of the scenes he remembers taken by photograph friends Chaplain Dan Schafer, Dan Pennino, Mary Gepana Eble, Krystyna Anderson and a few others in a video scripted by Janice Hall Heck and produced by Sam Rempel.

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See more on Chaplain Bob Osslers website http://www.triumphoverterror.com

Thursday Doors – September 8, 2016

Thursday Doors – September 8, 2016

Doorway to nowhere, Mykonos Janice Heck photo

Doorway to nowhere, Mykonos, Greece

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sept 11 Mirror

15th Anniversary of attacks on the World Trade Center complex.

This image is especially appropriate for this week. One World Trade Center in New York City mirrors blue skies and white clouds…harmony and peace. One World Trade Center represents the hope, determination, resilience, and strength of Americans in the face of adversity. With this new One World Trade Center as a reminder, we will never forget all those who lost their lives (firefighters, police, emergency workers, and citizens) in the 9-11 terrorist attacks.

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See more Ground Zero photos on the Triumph Over Terror website by Ground Zero Chaplain and Janice Hall Heck.

Cee’s Purple: Puppy with Purple Scarf

Miss Avery loves to dress up for the day.

Avery

Lisa Senter, photo

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge-Purples

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