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Read an article in the paper last week regarding how the liberal use of adverbs in prose often evokes the disdain of other writers, including those in the legal profession. For example, U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy tells us that avoiding adverbs “forces you to confront the significance of your word choice. You just discipline yourself to choose your words more carefully.”

 

Clyde’s dale

I’ve always loved horses. Probably because, as I’ve noted in earlier essays, I was raised on a seemingly unending series of TV westerns during my childhood back in the 50’s (remember this? Cowboys and Cowgirls)…

Surpriiise!

If you have ever enjoyed a box of Cracker Jacks you may recall that each box includes some kind of semi-excellent prize. I quickly learned that those trinkets, along with the peanuts, usually settled to…

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