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WINGSPREAD E-zine for June, 2017

“Spreading your wings in a perplexing world”
June, 2017                                                            James Hurd      

 Contents

  • New blog article: A Dream Dashed
  • Writer’s Corner
  • 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: A Dream Dashed

It’s 1959, I’ve just turned 18, and I’m standing in the ready room of a tiny airport outside of Chicago, scanning for my name on the list of students Moody has accepted into their two-year aviation and mechanics program. I have no other goals, no other plans, except flying. I read down the names—Doerksen, Hoisington…

Read more here:   https://jimhurd.com/2017/06/02/a-dream-dashed/

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 Writers’ Corner

Writer of the Month: Gregory Boyd

Greg Boyd is crazy, but mostly crazy good. He writes about theology—not the boring kind, but stuff you care about. His most recent book: Crucifixion of the Warrior God. Fortress Press. 2017. He addresses the question: Is the enemy-loving Jesus the son of the Old Testament Warrior God?

Other of his books:

Letters From a Skeptic: A Son Wrestles with His Father’s Questions about Christianity (1994); reprint edition, 2008.

 God at War: The Bible and Spiritual Conflict (1997). The reality of spiritual warfare.

The Myth of a Christian Nation: How the Quest for Political Power Is Destroying the Church (2006). A critique of the church’s involvement in politics.

Word of the Month:   Epigram

A short quote or aphorism at the beginning of an article or chapter.

Quiz of the Month: What does the thesaurus bird eat for supper? (Answer next month!)

 Answer to last week’s quiz: Disinterested means   a.  Impartial

 Tip of the Month: Your first paragraph is the most important, and must do several things: 1. Compel the reader to read the second paragraph. 2. Define the “envelope,” the parameters, of your piece. 3. Raise several questions in the reader’s mind. 4. Create tension. 5. Signal the genre of your piece—is it mystery? memoir? essay? 6. Signal the style of your writing—humorous, formal, casual?

 More “How to write good”

  •  I did not object to the object.
  • The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
  • There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
  • They were too close to the door to close it.
  • The buck does funny things when the does are present.
  • A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer.
  • To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
  • The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
  • Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
  • I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
  • How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

Book and Film Reviews 

Anne of Green Gables: A new beginning. First in a Netflix series based on the book by Lucy Maud Montgomery about an orphan girl on Prince Edward Island who is adopted by Matthew Cuthbert and his sister, Marilla. Warm, engaging. This is a new movie interpretation.

 Gregory Boyd. Crucifixion of the Warrior God (2 volumes, Fortress Press, 2017). Boyd views the violent images of God in the Old Testament through the compassionate lens of the New Testament Christ. A powerful portrait of the enemy-loving God. Nerdy, heavy going, but he promises a “Cliff Notes” version coming out soon.

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Quotable quotes on egotism

♠   Egotist: a person more interested in himself than in me.
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

♠   The nice thing about egotists is that they don’t talk about other people.                                                                                                          Lucille S. Harper

♠   Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity.
Frank Leahy

♠   I’ve always wanted to be somebody, but now I see I should have been more specific.
Lily Tomlin

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WINGSPREAD E-zine for April, 2017

 “Spreading your wings in a perplexing world”

April, 2017                                                                                                              James Hurd      

Contents

  • New blog article: The YMCA—a Dangerous Place
  • Writer’s Corner
  • 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: The YMCA—a Dangerous Place

 Why do I do stupid things? Once when I drove to a wedding, I found the correct church, arrived in good time, remembered my gift, only to discover an empty parking lot. Turns out I was exactly one day late. On the first day of a recent school semester, I walked into the wrong classroom to greet incredulous students. I’ve put the wrong oil in my car… once without replacing the drain plug. A couple of years ago, when I pulled into my garage I forgot to press the “park” button on my hybrid car, and got out with it still turned on. It rolled forward and rammed the workbench….

Read more here: https://jimhurd.com/2017/04/18/the-ymca-a-dangerous-place/

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 Writers’ Corner

Writer of the Month. Mark Twain. Pen name of Samuel Clemens (1835-1910). Quintessential American storyteller and humorist. His Tom Sawyer, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and Life on the Mississippi betray his deep 19th century roots in Middle America.

Word of the Month. Platform: Refers to everything the writer does to increase her visibility—website, social media, networking, etc.

Quiz of the Month:

Disinterested means?

  1. Impartial
  2. Uninterested
  3. Bored
  4. Unengaged

Answer to last week’s quiz:

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, and peace.

The last comma is called an Oxford comma. It’s optional, but if you use it, be consistent and always use it before the last item in a series.

Tip of the Month: Sometimes you need to create a natural break in your narrative. Instead of inserting asterisks or a little symbol, perhaps the easiest way is inserting a couple of blank lines.

More of “How to write good”:

  1. The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
  2. A bass was painted on the head of the bass
  3. When he shot at the dove it dove into the bushes.
  4. I did not object to the object.
  5. Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.

Book and Film Reviews

Ellis Peters, The Virgin in the Ice. Another of the Brother Cadfael Chronicles that brings to life 12th century England and the town of Shrewsbury. Cadfael is a veteran of the Crisades, an absentee father, and now a herbalist at the Abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul, Shrewsbery, England. He is also is a first-class sleuth.

Greg Boyd, The Crucifixion of the Warrior God. Vols. 1&2. 2017. Yahweh the warrior, and the peaceful Jesus. Another offering from Boyd, who reflects on the works and message of Jesus in the light of a sometimes violent god. (Unrated…. Okay; I haven’t read it yet!)

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 Buy James Hurd’s Wingspread: A Memoir of Faith and Flying.  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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Something to ponder

If we could shrink the earth’s population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all the existing human ratios remaining the same, there would be:

57 Asians
21 Europeans
14 from the Western Hemisphere, both north and south
8 Africans
52 would be female
48 would be male
70 would be non-white
30 would be white
70 would be non-Christian
30 would be Christian
6 people would possess 59% of the entire world’s
wealth and all 6 would be from the United States.
80 would live in substandard housing
70 would be unable to read
50 would suffer from malnutrition
1 (yes, only 1) would have a college education
1 would own a computer

When one considers our world from such a compressed perspective, the need for acceptance, understanding, and education becomes glaringly apparent.
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Wingspread Ezine for March, 2017

Spreading your wings in a perplexing world
March, 2017                                                        James Hurd      

 Contents

  • New blog article: “Al, My Pachuco Friend”
  • Writer’s Corner
  • 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: Al, My Pachuco Friend

I met Al Lopez only once after high school—in jail.

Growing up in Orange, California in the 1950s, I saw Mexican kids walking to Holy Family Catholic School, and wondered why they wore blue and white uniforms. I knew that other, poorer Mexican kids went to Kilefer Elementary—“the Mexican school”—over by the Orange Packing House….       Read more here:  
https://jimhurd.com/2017/03/10/al-my-pacucho-friend/

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 Writers’ Corner

Writer of the Month: Arthur Conan Doyle. (The Complete Sherlock Holmes, “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” “A Study in Scarlet,” “The Sign of the Four”). Perhaps the best known English mystery writer ever. Several movie adaptations have appeared, including many with the famous Holmes character, Basil Rathbone.

Word of the Month:   Lyrical: expressing the writer’s emotions in an imaginative or beautiful way.

Quiz of the Month: Compare these two sentences:

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy and peace.

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, and peace.

Question: What is the formal name of the last comma in the second sentence, and when should you use it?

Answer to last week’s quiz: “Mark Twain” is a pen name. His birth name is Samuel L. Clemens

Tip of the Month: A writer must tighten every piece she writes. Try reducing your piece by 20 percent. Try eliminating all the adverbs. Eliminate all but one adjective that modifies a noun. Try to reduce or eliminate backstory. Shorten description. The narrative’s the thing—focus on telling your story.

 For lovers of English:

There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that word is “UP.”

  • It’s easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP?
  • At a meeting, why does a topic come UP?
  • Why do we speak UP, and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report?
  • We call UP our friends.
  • And we use it to brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver; we warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen.
  • We lock UP the house and some guys fix UP the old car.

At other times the little word has special meaning.

  • People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses.
  • To be dressed is one thing, but to be dressed UP is special.
  • A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP.
  • We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night.

Book and Film Reviews

Celtic Daily Prayer. A prayer book, but with a Celtic flair. (Think Holy Island, St. Patrick, 6th and 7th century Celtic monks, writers, and missionaries.) Daily readings and scripture. I’ve used it for 15 years. HarperCollins. 2002.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov. One of those classic Russian journeys through 19th century psyches. This one’s about three brothers, their father, and their loves and hates for each other. Betrayal, jealousy, murder, romance, and general mayhem. 700 small-print pages. Don’t plan on a one-night reading. 1957 Signet Classic.

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 Buy James Hurd’s Wingspread: A Memoir of Faith and Flying.  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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 Quotable quotes about music

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

♠    There are some experiences in life which should not be demanded twice from any man, and one of them is listening to the Brahms Requiem.   George Bernard Shaw

♠   Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end.  Igor Stravinsky

♠   Mr. Wagner has beautiful musical moments but bad quarters of an hour.   Gioacchino Rossini

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WINGSPREAD E-zine for February, 2017

“Spreading your wings in a perplexing world”
February, 2017                   James Hurd      

Contents

  • New blog article: First Solo
  • Writer’s Corner
  • Book and Film reviews
  • E-zine subscription information
  • How to purchase Wingspread: Of Faith and Flying

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New article: First Solo

 I’d washed out of Moody’s flight school, but remained at the Institute’s downtown Chicago campus to take courses in Bible and missions.

All of us students ate in the vast dining hall in Crowell Hall basement. I would look across at the flyboys who ate with us groundlings but sat at a separate table. They trained out at Moody-Wooddale Airport two days a week, but they lived here. Most of them wore immaculate, black flying boots. I don’t know how anyone could be a good pilot without black flying boots. Dave explained to me how he would smell burnt leather when he spent two hours burning off the old polish and applying the new. And their aviation glasses—gray-shaded and expensive. I didn’t feel worthy to wear flight boots or aviation glasses….     Read more here:   https://jimhurd.com/2017/02/18/first-solo/

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Writers’ Corner

Writer of the Month: Ellis Peters, the pen name of Edith Pargeter. She writes readable novels about live and death in medieval Shrewsbury, England. The wonderful Brother Cadfael series features a Benedictine monk, who also is an amateur detective living in the 12th century at the Abbey in Shrewsbury.

Word of the Month:   slatternly (of a woman—dirty and untidy)

Quiz of the Month: What is Mark Twain’s real name?

(Answer to last month’s quiz: Who is considered to have invented modern German? Answer: Martin Luther)

Tip of the Month: Try taking the most interesting sentence of your story or essay and putting it at the beginning. It’s easier than you think.

 Fun with words:

 You think English is easy? (Jottings from a retired English teacher)


1) The bandage was wound around the wound.

2) The farm was used to produce produce.

3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.

4) We must polish the Polish furniture.

5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.

 Book and Film Reviews

Greg Boyd, The Cosmic Dance. 2016. ReKnew Pub. A “Dick and Jane” graphic book (pictures with speech-balloons) about serious topics: quantum theory, relativity, the speed of light, how chaos can generate order, how God can be in control and people still have freedom of choice. Did I mention it’s a serious book? Even if you don’t understand it all (I certainly didn’t), it’s an amazing book about the cosmos and an amazing book about God.

Ellis Peters, The Heretic’s Apprentice. A “Brother Cadfael” novel, set in 12th century England. Will the young apprentice Elave be pronounced a heretic, or will common sense and compassion prevail? Cadfael, the Benedictine monk, herbalist, and amateur detective will get to the bottom of this.

Monk’s Hood. A movie of Brother Cadfael. Who poisoned the landowner? Murder, false accusation, and mercy in 12th century England.

 

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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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WINGSPREAD E-zine for January, 2017


“Spreading your wings in a perplexing world”
January, 2017                                                                                       James Hurd      

 Contents

  • New blog article: Feasting with Mine Enemy
  • Writer’s Corner
  • 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—Feasting with Mine Enemy

The Niyayobateri men circle the dance ground several times, then stop and stand stone-faced in the center of the shabono with their arrows cocked, gazing up into the darkening sky. This is the moment when they will learn if their Blapoteri hosts will accept them—or shoot them. I think, This could be the 1500s instead of 1969.

Read more here:   https://jimhurd.com/2016/12/27/feasting-with-mine-enemy/

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 Writers’ Corner
 doestoevsky  Writer of the Month: Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881).
A Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist, journalist and philosopher. His works explore human psychology in troubled 19th-century Russia. He was convicted of anti-state activities, subjected to a mock execution, and then exiled to Siberia for four years. His works include Crime and Punishment, Brothers Karamazov, The Idiot, and The Possessed.

Metaphor of the Month:   “…lit by a fire from beyond this world….” (enlivened by a transcendent quality)

Answers to last month’s quiz

  • You should vote, irregardless [regardless] of your political preferences.
  • Today they have less [fewer] workers than formerly. [Use “fewer” if you can count the items.]
  • Caribou smells good, like [as] a coffee shop should. [But, in today’s slatternly English, you can get away with “like.”]

 January’s Quiz:

Who is considered to have invented modern German?

  1. The Amish
  2. The Nazis
  3. Martin Luther
  4. Baron von Richthofen

Tip of the Month: How discriminate between “illusive, elusive, or allusive”?

  • Illusive: Unreal, insubstantial
  • Elusive: Hard to perceive, hard to capture
  • Allusive: Referring to, alluding to

 

Book and Film Reviews

Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment. Penguin Books, 2014. A psychological thriller (OK—“thriller” in a clunky Russian sort of way) about a man whose deadly guilt tortures him for years.)

Henri Nouwen, The Return of the Prodigal Son. Doubleday, 1992.  A profound meditation on Rembrandt’s painting of the same name. The unquenchable love of the father for his errant son.

Martin Luther, 3-program set on the Reformation, by Christian History Institute, 2016. The amazing story of Reformation upheaval: Lutheran (Luther and Melanchthon), Reformed movement (Zwingli and Calvin) and Anabaptist movement (Grabel, Sattler, Simons).

 

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 Buy James Hurd’s Wingspread: A Memoir of Faith and Flying.  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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 Quotable quotes

♠   This girl said she recognized me from the vegetarian club, but I’d never met herbivore.

♠    I’m reading a book about anti-gravity. I just can’t put it down.

♠    I did a theatrical performance about puns.   It was a play on words.

♠    Did you hear about the cross-eyed teacher who lost her job because she couldn’t control her pupils?

♠    What species of dinosaur has the most extensive vocabulary?  A thesaurus.

♠    Don’t worry about old age; it doesn’t last.

♠    Velcro – what a rip off!

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WINGSPREAD E-zine for November, 2016


“Spreading your wings in a perplexing world”
November, 2016                                                                                            James P. Hurd   

 Contents

  • 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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 Writers’ Corner

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:
ape (imitate)
botch (fail)
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)
eclipse (surpass)

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)

 Book Reviews
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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 Quotable quotes

   “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)

 Buy James Hurd’s Wingspread: A Memoir of Faith and Flying.  

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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WINGSPREAD E-zine for August, 2016


“Spreading your wings” in a perplexing world
August, 2016                                                                                      James Hurd

 Contents

  • New blog article: Get Thee Behind Me Satan—and Push!
  • Writer’s Word of the Week
  • Book and Film reviews
  • Favorite quotes
  • E-zine subscription information
  • How to purchase Wingspread: Of Faith and Flying

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New blog article: Get Thee Behind Me Satan—and Push!

You’re kidding yourself! No—really. We all are. What to do?

 In self-deception you’re both the deceiver and the deceived—you talk yourself into a lie. But SD is so frequent that you don’t even notice it.

Examples abound. I tell myself I can indulge my lust and still have high morals. Although I’m all for good nutrition, I tell myself it’s OK to eat lots of sugars and fats. (Anyway, next week I’ll start my diet.) When I was a pilot, I convinced myself I could beat the odds and fly through bad weather–a practice I condemned in other pilots….

Read more here:   https://jimhurd.com/2016/08/05/get-thee-behind-me-satan-and-push/

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 Writers’ Word of the Week:   Forward Lean
Forward lean means that your writing keeps the reader reading—it pulls the reader onward by tension, unanswered questions, puzzles, unsupplied information. Be a good writer—use forward lean.

Book and Film Reviews

Ecclesiastes: The meaning of your life. Hea Sun Kim and Mary Lou Blakeman. How understand the most realistic, but pessimistic book of the Bible? Kim and Blakeman help us unravel the writings of Qohelet and his observations on “life under the sun.” 1995. 129 pp.

Tender Mercies: Some thoughts on faith. Another gem by Ann Lamott. Honest, transparent, memoir-ish. Makes you love her, and gives you faith to face the craziness of life. Anchor Books, 1999. 272 pp.

Key Largo. A historic black-and-white Bogey film with army veteran Frank McCloud (Humphrey Bogart) and war-widow Nora Temple (Lauren Bacall), set in hurricane season in the Florida Keys. Bad guys have taken over the hotel. The hurricane comes. Will Bogart again save the day? 1948 1 hr 41m

 Favorite quotes

   If you want good answers, you must learn to ask good questions.

   I hate it when I go to the kitchen looking for food and all I find are ingredients.

♫   I was so sick of semicolons that I lapsed into a comma.  Lynn Truss

♫   Ah synonym rolls! Just like grammar used to make.

   Quote about Amish life:  “If you admire our faith, strengthen yours. If you admire our sense of commitment, deepen yours. If you admire our community spirit, build your own. If you admire the simple life, cut back. If you admire deep character and enduring values, live them yourself.”

♫   “With age comes wisdom, but sometimes age comes alone.”  Oscar Wilde
[I hear you, Oscar!]

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WINGSPREAD E-zine, July, 2016


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

 Contents

  • Subscribe to this E-zine
  • How to purchase Wingspread: Of Faith and Flying
  • New blog article: Eden: No Walk in the Park
  • Writer’s Word of the Week: head-hopping
  • Book and Film reviews
  • Favorite quotes

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 Buy James Hurd’s Wingspread: A Memoir of Faith and Flying.  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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 New blog article: Eden: No Walk in the Park

I remember walking away, looking for Adam and telling myself, Wow, Eve! You got scared by the big green snake, but he really talked sense. I ate the luscious fruit and I didn’t die. Anyway, God loves me so much I’m sure one piece of fruit is no big deal with him.

Shortly after we had arrived in the park God said, “Enjoy, celebrate, but don’t eat any fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil or you’ll die.” (Adam and I referred to the tree as “the TKGE.”)

So I asked Adam, “If God loves us, why would he deny us good fruit?”

 Read more here:   https://jimhurd.com/2016/07/01/eden-no-walk-in-the-park/

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 Writers’ Word of the Week:   Head-hopping
Switching narrators among several characters. Changing Point of View. Be careful with this one; you’ll confuse your reader.

Book and Film Reviews

The Monuments Men. A 2014 film. Matt Damon, Bill Murray. Directed by George Clooney. The frantic scramble to recover stolen Nazi art at the end of WWII. ♥ ♥ ♥

 Casablanca. 1942 romantic drama of love, war, and escape. Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergmann.    ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Michael Phillips, The Baron’s Apprenticeship. Bethany House. 1986. 272 pp. A re-telling of a favorite George MacDonald story. A young boy discovers his true identity and his true love.    ♥ ♥ ♥

Judith Barrington, Writing the Memoir: A practical guide to the craft, the personal challenges, and ethical dilemmas of writing your true stories. 2nd Ed. The Eighth Mountain Press: Portland, OR. 2002. A master memoirist unveils the secrets of her craft.    ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Favorite quotes

♫   Synonym: A word used in place of a word you can’t spell.

   “Britain [or the U.S.] does not have permanent friends or permanent enemies; she has permanent interests.”

   Some people can’t punctuate their way out of a paper bag. Lynne Truss

  I asked our marriage counselor if she wanted to meet only with the innocent party, or should I come along too?

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WINGSPREAD E-zine for June, 2016

WINGSPREAD E-zine

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

 

Contents

  • 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

 Subscribe free to this free E-zine   Click here http://jimhurd.com/home/ to subscribe to Wingspread  E-magazine sent direct to your email inbox, every month. You will receive a free article for subscribing. Please share this URL with interested friends, “like” it on Facebook, retweet on Twitter, etc.

 Buy James Hurd’s Wingspread: A Memoir of Faith and Flying.  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.com, etc.)
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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:   https://jimhurd.com/2016/05/23/entwined-travels/

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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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WINGSPREAD: E-zine for May 2016

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

 Contents

  • E-zine subscription information
  • How to purchase Wingspread: Of Faith and Flying
  • New blog article: Learning to Love Manure Day
  • Writer’s Corner
  • Book and Film reviews
  • Favorite quotes

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 Buy James Hurd’s Wingspread: A Memoir of Faith and Flying.  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.com, etc.)
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New blog article: Learning to Love Manure Day

I’ve always hated manure. So on my first day of work at the egg ranch, when Ron said, “the real fun here is manure day,” I thought he’d gone mad.

During high school, we worked on Marv’s egg ranch. Marv was the kind of guy who only washed from the waist up. A serious, bible-quoting Christian, thick-necked, bulbous-nosed, and rough-edged, he talked like someone had put sand in his toothpaste….

Read more here:   https://jimhurd.com/2016/05/06/learning-to-love-manure-day/

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Writer’s Corner
Term of the Week:   backstory

Backstory refers to a flashback. A history of a character in your story. A recollected memory. An explanation of something that happened earlier that allows the reader to better understand the primary narrative.

A giveaway that you are reading backstory is the word had.

 Examples:

“Harry met Sally. Sally had been a dancer in the Starlight Club in the 50s.”

“Harry remembered the last time he had been there—he had become very drunk.”

“Harry had worked as a bartender in several bars when he was in his 20s.”

Beware too much backstory! The reader is impatient, and wants to get on with the primary narrative. Descriptions of people or places, flashbacks, mental activity—these are all wonderful and necessary, but if they obstruct the flow of the narrative they may frustrate the reader. If you must use backstory, feed it to the reader is small medicine-like doses.
Book and Film Reviews
*Alert: These books and films are selected. Some may be “popular and contemporary,” but most of them have been around for awhile.

 The Intern. 2015. 121 min. Rated: PG-13. Robert De Niro and Ann Hathaway. A retired CEO interns under a beautiful young woman in a startup company, and saves her
bacon.

Hornet Flight. Macmillan, 2002. A Ken Follett page-turning WWII thriller about the Allied underground at the start of the war. The fate of millions hangs on an intrepid crew of men and women running around Denmark under the noses of the Nazis.                           

 Favorite quotes

♫   Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.      Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

♫   Thank you for sending me a copy of your book—I’ll waste no time reading it.
Moses Hadas (1900-1966)

♫   A story is the shortest distance between a person and the truth.             Fr. De Mello

♫   God gave you two ends: One to sit on and one to think with. Success depends upon which one you use most —
Heads you win
Tails you lose.

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