Yesterday was a fun-filled day. I drove to downtown Phoenix to meet some special relatives I hadn't seen for awhile. Finding a parking place wasn't a piece of cake. The streets were crowded with all kinds of vehicles and people...there were some costume events taking place. I was headed for the U.S. Open National Volleyball Championships. Helping me with parking and checking out, Josh, then Josh and Mike, were terrific (Third Street & Jefferson). Thanks to their efficiency and attitudes - plus having had a delightful afternoon with Jerry and Christina Kukuruda, and Derek Engstrom, Dana Kukuruda, and tiny Yorkie, Ellie (and dinner at Sam's Cafe) - I drove out of Phoenix feeling super-spoiled. And loving it.
Archives for May 2010
Yesterday my brother, David, and our friend, Chaplain Carl Richards, and I visited Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Superior, Arizona. With cameras in hand and hopes high. We weren't disappointed. The day was cool and breezy, and the plants and flowers were in glorious bloom. We were about halfway through our visit when one of us looked up and saw the most beautiful color effect in the sky over the nearby mountains. We didn't know the name of the effect until today, when David put one of the photos on Facebook, and one of his friends mentioned that it was called a Sun Dog. She was kind enough to give a URL. The site, in part, says, "A sundog is a rainbow-like spot in a cirrus cloud. Light shining through ice crystals in the cloud makes a sundog, much like light shining through raindrops makes a rainbow." This is one of the reasons I value the Internet. Sharing information. There is so much to learn, isn't there? By the way, David is in the above photo, along with a couple of hikers.
The subject of using one space or two between sentences, especially for people used to typing exclusively on typewriters, often creates colorful conflict. Here's the history: when monospace (fixed-pitch) fonts, like Courier, were in wide use, it was traditional to leave two spaces between the period and the start of the next sentence. There were definite rules for people who typed documents. The rules have changed. Today we generally use proportional fonts (in which the width of the characters varies). Monospace fonts are more often used in databases, tables, etc. Here's the latest commonly accepted standard in the world of typography: choose one space as a rule unless two spaces are needed to create an adequate visual break between sentences. There are exceptions. When the fonts are quite small (for example, a 9-10 pt serif font like Times New Roman), using only one space after the period may not always provide a clear visual break between sentences. Generally a larger point size does provide that visual break. When in doubt, use your own judgment.
The Sue Boynton Poetry Contest is held annually in Bellingham, Washington, in memory of my amazing grandmother, Sue Boynton (shown here in a picture taken in 1919). She was quite a woman. Taught me a lot. Some of it stuck. And that's a good thing. Here's the latest from the people running the contest: The Sue Boynton Poetry Contest is getting ready for this year’s awards ceremony. I know you're not exactly in the neighborhood, but it we appreciate your support and thought you’d be interested to know the following: --We have a terrific new site for the awards ceremony – the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Street. Please join us (if possible) as we honor this year’s winners at 7:00pm on Wednesday, May 12. All poems that were submitted to this year’s contest will be on display and the winning poems will be read by their authors. --A handsome book of winning poems from the first five years of the Sue Boynton Poetry Contest (2006-2010) is being compiled and will be available for sale at the awards ceremony and at Village Books. Proceeds from the sale benefit the Contest. --Watch for this year’s winning poems in front of the Bellingham library and on WTA buses starting around mid-summer. --Additional information about the contest is also available at the Whatcom Poetry Series site – http://www.whatcompoetryseries.org/. Judy K. for The 2010 Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest Committee