“Spreading your wings in a perplexing world”
November, 2016 James P. Hurd
- New blog article: “Flying Corozalito”
- Writer’s Corner (puzzlers, tips, books)
- Book and Film reviews
- E-zine subscription information
- How to purchase Wingspread: Of Faith and Flying
- Quotable quotes
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New blog article: “Flying Corozalito”
I landed the mission Cessna 180 at Corozalito and walked into the tiny grass-roof house where Wycliffe Bible Translators Florence Gridell and Mariana Slocum lived and worked. A small Chol Indian woman followed me in, laid her precious newborn baby girl on a rough wooden table, and cried out for Florence—“Doña Florencia; ayùdame, por el amor de Diòs! (Florence, help me, for the love of God!)” Florence took the baby in her arms but it was too late—after a few minutes the baby stopped breathing. It was 1968. Read more here: https://jimhurd.com/2016/11/04/flying-corozalito/
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Writer of the month
Dorothy Sayers (1893-1957). English novelist and essayist, a friend of C.S. Lewis, a Christian, and a member of the Inklings writing group. The lead in her detective novels is Lord Peter Wimsey, complemented by Harriet Vane. These novels include The Nine Tailors, Gaudy Night, and Whose Body?
Word of the Month: Craft essay. An essay about writing. Good writers make a thousand decisions about their work. In a craft essay, they talk about this process.
Answers to October’s Quiz of the Month
- Jake said, “I’m going out on the back porch to rest a while.” (adverb: awhile)
- For some people it always takes more friends, less enemies, more excitement, more money, and more renown, whatever else it might take, to make them happier. (Place the last phrase earlier in the sentence)
- We had a great day, it was unforgettable. (“comma splice”—make two sentences)
- The dog’s wound laid bare it’s internal organs. (“its.” Use “it’s” only as a contraction of “it is”)
New quiz for November
Correct these sentences:
- Before I realized it, I had driven much further into the desert.
- He noticed a large stain in the rug that was right in the center.
- The dog aggravated the little puppy.
- He had shone how not to fly the airplane.
Tip of the Month: Ensure vs. insure vs. assure. Insure means a financial guarantee. Ensure involves personal effort to promote an outcome. Assure means to inspire confidence. “He assured me when he said that he will ensure that we insure the building.”
Some of my favorite verbs:
bristle (react angrily)
cameled (to ride a camel)
cauterize (cover over, paper over, gloss over, a matter)
conjure (create out of nothing)
crimsoning (bloodying; using –ing to change noun to a verb)
disembowel (eviscerate, render lifeless, destroy)
Some of my favorite metaphors:
borne by silent sails across the seas
thermals that waft our sentences to higher altitudes
sentences corrugated by excessive underlining
sticking my oar in the water (a daring beginning)
returning to the swamp from which it crawled (fitting end of an evil plan)
a poison which, unnoticed, poisons everything it touches
drinking spiked Kool-Aid (approving of a disastrous plan)
C.S. Lewis, Pilgrim’s Regress. Eerdmans, 1992. A takeoff on Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress. Lewis wrote this soon after his Christian conversion. Many allusions will be unfamiliar to the modern reader.
Strunk & White, Elements of Style. (4th Edition) Pearson, 2000. A lovely little book that goes beyond commas and capitalizations to unveil the secrets of a gripping writer’s style.
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♠ “Do you think a woman will ever occupy the White House?”
“Are you kidding? I’ll believe that when the Cubs win the World Series!”
♠ The first five days after the weekend are the hardest.
♠ I childproofed my whole house, but the kids still get in.
♠ Ban pre-shredded cheese–make America grate again.
♠ Nobody goes to that restaurant anymore—it’s too crowded. (Yogi Berra)
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How childhood (Fundamentalist) faith led to mission bush-piloting in South America—and Barbara. Buy it here: https://jimhurd.com/home/ (or at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, etc.)
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