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ISSN:1544-8312Summer 2013
Judy Vorfeld, PublisherIssue 91

A Gentle Blend of Communication Expressway
& Webgrammar's Food for Thought

Judy's Corner

Many thanks for the responses to last name plurals/possessives. Fun exercise.

Do you enjoy reading? How? Printed books? Devices, like Kindle and Nook? What are some of your favorite books? It's been a long, hot summer, and I've indulged in a lot of reading. And re-reading. When you have exceptional writers, re-reading is a joy. I sometimes read for insight, but more often for entertainment. Sometimes it's the plot, but other times it's the characters. But usually something that briefly allows me to be somewhere else and get involved in the moment.

There are authors who do brilliantly on a series, then go on to disappoint. That doesn't diminish their fine work in that series, however. Just a few of my favorite authors: Craig Thomas, Patrick O'Brian, David Baldacci, John Grisham, Michael Connelly, Malcolm Gladwell, Seth Godin, Nelson DeMille, John Lescroart, Lee Child, Jeffrey Deaver, P.D. James, Robert Ludlum, John le Carre, and Sarah-Kate Lynch. Why Sara-Kate? Well, read Blessed Are the Cheesemakers and you will understand. Once you stop chuckling.

And I want to mention how nice it is to hear from longtime subscribers. Like Deb Lurie and Karl-Erik Tallmo. Plus through Karen Chung's website I had the pleasure of meeting James Buchanan (, who introduced himself by saying, "We have recently placed a huge archive of violin and bow makers into our website..." and I was honored to add his link to the ARTS section of this issue. It is especially meaningful since my mother, Ethel Crook, was a magnificent violinist blessed with perfect pitch and a love for music that was breathtaking.

Web link for this issue.

Grammar Tip #1

Confused over biannual and biennial and semiannual? Here are the differences:

Chicago Manual of Style says that "biannual" and "semiannual" both mean twice a year. But "biennial" means once every TWO years. CMS recommends the following (to avoid confusion): Use "semiannual" instead of "biannual," and "once every two years" instead of "biennial."

Grammar Tip #2

Confusing Word Pairs: 1. flair (talent, instinctive discernment, distinctive elegance), flare (to burst into flame, to erupt, to become suddenly angry, an expanding or opening outward 2. wound (injury to an organism or to the feelings), wound( past tense/participle of wind as in wrapping something around another object, to go along a twisting path, wind a watch, winding river). There is much more depth to the meaning of all of these words, which you can find at American Heritage Dictionary online:

Business Email Tip

List of Salutations Part 2

Two men
Dear Mr. Smith and Mr. Jones
Two women
Dear Ms. Smith and Ms. Jones/Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Jones/Miss Smith and Miss Jones/Miss Smith and Ms. Jones/Mrs Smith and Miss
Woman and man (no personal relationship)
Dear Ms./Mrs./Miss Smith and Mr. Jones or Mr. Smith and Ms./Mrs./Miss Smith


Arts - CTO - Desktop Publishing, Design, & Typography - Education - Grammar - History - Small Biz/Home Office - Technology - For Writers, Journalists, Playwrights


G-nie Arambulo Photography

Clark Little Photography: Waves of Hawaii

AMATI, The Marketplace for Stringed Instruments. Amati has over 14,000 makers listed in its archives.

Petrucci Music Library. 71,508 works - 251,590 scores - 25,613 recordings - 7,627 composers - 226 performers

The Getty Iris. The online magazine of the Getty.


22 Maps That Show How Americans Speak English Totally Differently From Each Other

Where Do Birds Sleep at Night...

The Little Free Library

Green Now: the Retailer's Guide to Environmental Responsibility

755 postcards from the Thomas and Jean Ross Bliffert Postcard Collection

When Tragedy Strikes, Veterinary Compassion Trumps

Mental Floss


Strolling through the mall one day

What's a good typeface for books?

A brief ode to the power of type

A Typographic Carousel - showcasing pre-digital typographic techniques & processes . . . to lure in digital natives

Top Design Resources for Non-Designers


Language Software Reviews 2013

Over 500 courses from the world's leading universities

The Changing Face of Online Education

University of New Mexico College of Nursing

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Educational Programs


Common Errors In English: Professor Paul Brians

Daily Grammar

Daily Writing Tips: Get a daily grammar, spelling, punctuation or vocabulary tip.

Guide To Grammar And Style: Jack Lynch

Professor Charles Darling's Grammar Site


Some Were Neighbors: United States Holocaust Museum

Theodore Roosevelt - His Life and Times on Film: Library of Congress

Festival de Flor y Canto de Aztlan, Films and Photographs, 1973

General Artemas Ward House and Its Collections

Downtown Toledo Associates Records, 1955-1978. Correspondence, reports, studies, and newspaper clippings related to downtown revitalization. Subjects include: parking, urban renewal, transportation, and other postwar ideas on urban planning.


How to Get Everything You Want. Seriously

The Seven Deadly Sins of Telling Stories in Business

Being A Big Fish In A Small Pond Works Until The Drought

When to Pivot from Your Plan - Five Things to Consider

How to Build Credibility with Your Audience

3 Storytelling Styles that Work for Any Presentation


The end of the independent bookstore (and a new golden age for books)


Plagiarism Detect

StatisticBrain: Percentages, numbers, financials, ranking. Our goal is to bring you accurate and timely statistics. We will never become number analysts because we believe numbers should only be interpreted by the reader. We want to educate, assist, and sometimes entertain with numbers on every subject.

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World

POODWADDLE.COM STATS: Population, Mortality, Illness, Environment, Energy, Food, Economy, Crime, & Fun Stats


Readability: Beyond the Basics

Writing Courses, Tips, and Tools

2013 AP Stylebook now available

150 Resources to Help You Write Better, Faster, and More Persuasively

Three Mechanics For Stronger Multidimensional Writing

Science Fiction & Fantasy Stack Exchange

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How to find Judy's websites

Editing & Writing Services (Biz site w/writing tips blog)
Office Support Services (Original biz site w/more personal blog & ezine)
Webgrammar for educators, writers, editors, researchers, librarians, etc.
Digifeld (Complimentary redigitized photography by Judy Vorfeld)
Judy Vorfeld's personal website

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