WINGSPREAD E-zine for June, 2016


“Spreading your wings” in a challenging world
June, 2016                                                                                           James Hurd  



  • E-zine subscription information
  • How to purchase Wingspread: Of Faith and Flying
  • New blog article: Entwined Travels (see below)
  • Writer’s Corner
  • Book and Film reviews
  • Favorite quotes

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 New blog article: Entwined Travels

An obscure entry in the Guinness Book of World Records electrified us. We’d visited many Minnesota marvels—Gooseberry Falls, Split Rock Lighthouse, the mighty boat locks on the Mississippi, the Paul Bunyan statue in Brainerd, the 50-foot-tall Jolly Green Giant in Blue Earth. But here was a Guinness-honored marvel just a few miles away, a wonder we could drive to see this very weekend….

Read more here:

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Writers Corner

Term of the week: Dashing Ideas. 

Pity the poorly-paid author—-the old typewriters never had these dashes.
Now we have three to choose from (listed from shortest to longest):

  1. Hyphen: Used to break a word between lines, or to join closely-related words
  2. En dash: Good for between numbers: 1960–65; pp. 13–15
  3. Em dash: A sharp break: George Washington–an amazing leader–died in 1799.

If you’re using Word, you can find these options under “insert symbol.”

Book and Film Reviews

The Life and Faith of C.S. Lewis: The Magic Never Ends. 2002. 85 mins. NR. This sweet biopic helps me understand why Lewis’ books have sold millions of copies, some made into movies, and why he is still popular today.

Arturo Perez-Reverte. The Nautical Chart. Harcourt: New York. 2000. A dark tale of sunken treasure, sea navigation, determining meridians, stolen love, and finally, treachery.

Lynne Truss, Eats, Shoots, & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation.  Gotham Books, New York. 2003. A painless, hilarious, guide to correct punctuation, American and British. Sample (paraphrased) concerning help for over-users of semicolons: “There’s a hospital somewhere in England that does semicolonic irrigation.” A helpful hoot of a book.

 Favorite quotes

♫   We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out. Decca Recording Co. rejecting an album by the Beatles, 1962

♫   Mr. Wagner has beautiful moments but bad quarters of an hour. Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1868)

♫   “Autocorrect” has become my worst enema.

♫   Arrogance doesn’t suit you, it dresses you like a fool.

♫   If you’re addicted to semicolons, there’s a hospital somewhere in England that does semicolonic irrigation. (after Lynne Truss)

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