Another writing principle from my friend and mentor, Harold V. Cordry: Never “talk down” to your readers. When you write, it’s between yourself and a reader (singular). [Maybe this is only a personal philosophy that has evolved over a lifetime of writing but to me it seems a good one.] This lone reader is someone you like and care about and whose intelligence and character you respect. If you sometimes devote a little extra space to explaining a point, it’s only because it’s so important to you that this reader understand precisely what you mean (or perhaps it’s for the “other” readers that you are taking pains to explain something more thoroughly). [I wrote “more fully” and twitched because full is full and fully is logically fully and therefore cannot be modified by “more.”] One’s best writing comes, I believe, when one is speaking consciously to this single reader, who is both intelligent and sympathetic.
Recently one of the valued members of Webgrammar's social networking site, Harold Cordry, sent a message to many of his friends, and I want to share it because he is truly my hero. This man, who has been a journalist, professor, and author (including crossword puzzle books) has a magnificent mind, a great sense of humor, and generosity. No grammar or style question will go unanswered. Drop by my site and read through some of the posts. Consider joining. It's stimulating and fun. P.S. The cartoon is Cordry's choice, and he likes to be referred to as the Cartoon Professor. FROM: Harold V. Cordry, Ph.D. REGARDING: < Webgrammar.ning.com > Hello! I’m a former journalist (The Kansas City Star & Times, the Chicago Daily News, the Manhattan Mercury, et al.); a former journalism professor (Univ. of Missouri School of Journalism, Baker Univ., Univ. of Nebraska, and K-State). Since childhood, thanks to my parents, I’ve been a specialist in English grammar and usage, and since reaching the age of mandatory retirement, I’ve been spending my days tutoring on a grammar website. As of this morning, we have 40-odd adults and one little boy in India, Adarsh, who shows up with questions, and I take great pleasure in answering them. But even though I’m mostly paralyzed and able to use only a couple of fingers on my right hand to type, I’m unoccupied most of the time ? perhaps ninety percent of the time I’m logged in (or whatever the correct term is). So today, for the first time, I’m taking it upon myself to get out and advertise. The site’s address is webgrammar.ning.com, and I hope you’ll distribute it as you think appropriate, either to teachers or directly to students. Sincerely, Harold V. Cordry, Ph.D. AKA “Cartoon Professor”
My friend, Bette Miles-Holleman has put together oodles of ways to say "Thank you." She says that by checking through her huge list, and learning a new phrase (or more), you may make a new friend. Plus, if you don't see a language listed and know the correct phrase and spelling, let her know and she'll add it to the list! What a wonderful tool for educators. But also for fun. Check it out. It's impressive.
Show-Mapping Worlds, a new way to look at the U.S. and the world. Rick Hodges, Content Manager, says, "Our site (actually two in one) presents hundreds of data sets about the 50 US states and world countries in animated map form, and allows downloads of data and images.
"It's a free resource for research, teaching, presentations and slideshows, etc. Maps like ours help you see numbers in a new way--literally. By the way, we plan to offer the world site in six language versions soon. Also, we are about ready to roll out a lesson plan for teachers to use the site as an educational tool in the classroom."Give it a try. You may find a something just for your classroom, home schooling project, or other project. Here's the embedded version: