ISSN:1544-8312May, 2012
Judy Vorfeld, PublisherIssue 85

eCommunication Food for Thought

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

Judy's Corner

Lots of happenings, including photography. Spring is a perfect time of year to capture the beauty of nature. And summer is a perfect time to edit those pictures. At least, summer in Arizona. Incidentally, I keep discovering amazing photographers, and will share them in this ezine in the "Arts" section. If you have a favorite photographer who is online, send me the URL.

I've spent quite a bit of time learning WordPress, and am far from finished. It's such a powerful program for people who are a bit cyberdysfunctional. I'm also learning Wikipedia Speak. Much to learn, and learning is part of what keeps me going. What are some of your favorite things to learn?

Want a well-researched, brief quote sent most days by email? Try Duvall's Daily Quote. Example: "Simply stated, it is sagacious to eschew obfuscation." This quote is the last line from the FYI chapter of Augustine's Laws (1984) which discusses the need for clear and simple communication in an obviously tongue-in-cheek manner." To subscribe to Duvall's Daily Quote via email, Subscribe to Duvalls Daily Quote

Grammar Tip #1: What is he proper way to write the time in the U.S.?

It depends. In text, times of day in even, half, and quarter hours are usually spelled out, and with "o'clock," always spell out. [They start their day at five o'clock in the morning. The meeting resumes at ten thirty.] If you want to emphasize exact times, use numerals, and lowercase a.m. and p.m. [The first race starts at 1:00 p.m.] It's also okay to use small caps, with or without periods. (Chicago Manual of Style)

Tip: Except in the twenty-four-hour system, don't use numbers to express noon or midnight (usually). Just say "noon" or "midnight." (CMS)

Associated Press articles are different. Use figures except for noon and midnight. Use a colon to separate hours from minutes, and use a.m. and p.m. You can say "o'clock," but AP discourages it.

Grammar Tip #2: When is "wrongful" wrong?

The two terms aren't interchangeable. "Wrong" (a noun) means "immoral" or "unlawful," and also means "improper, incorrect, unsatisfactory." So you say, "It's wrong to tell a lie," or "The girl's answer was wrong."

"Wrongful" (an adjective) can mean "unjust," or "unfair," or "unsanctioned by law, having no legal right." So you say "That was wrongful conduct," or "She made wrongful demands of the school."

Business Email Tip

For record-keeping purposes (yours and the recipients), I strongly recommend that you always have a subject line. No need to capitalize anything but the first word (and proper nouns). And if you have a back-and-forth situation using the same email and subject, edit the subject line if you're bringing up something a little different than the main subject. Most email programs let you do this.


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


Confederate Imprints Collection of the University of Alabama Libraries. All sorts of music from the Civil War times...well worth a visit just to see the covers of each piece of music.

The Master Drawings Collection (about 5,000 original drawings) offers works by artists of various nationalities. Although most of the images date from between 1830 and 1930, the oldest drawings were created before 1600 and the most recent in the 1950s. The collection represents diverse styles and media and includes finished artworks as well as sketches, preparatory drawings, and designs related to fine prints, paintings, and sculpture. Library of Congress.

The Croatian Museum of Naive Art. The Naive – also called naive art, the art of the naives, primitive art, the art of the modern primitives and so on – is a distinct segment of the art of the 20th century. It is comprehends a discrete group of painters and sculptors untrained in the ways of art, among the limitless number of kinds of expressions and trends in modern art. The Naive is a concept that we use to interrelate some of the separate worlds of modern artistic creativity

Mon Corpuz Photography Including Facebook Gallery

Oregon Institute of Marine Biology Slides & Photographs


Garden Mythbusters

Route 66 Timeline

The Color and the Plant: What's not to Love about Lavender?

Early Electric Vehicles. Also see History of Electric Vehicles

Chin English Dictionary. Chin (Tsin)-English Dictionary currently only supports Chin Hakah.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Biodiversity Research Institute: Two eagle webcams and one peregrine webcam.


Free Dragonfly Clip Art

Make the Margins Bigger: many, if not most books, the margins are just too small.

The Museum of Printing History


Cyberlearning at Community Colleges: 21st Century Biology Education

Education for nonprofits & communities

Better scheduling with Events. What if you could send automated messages to remind students that their assignments are due, or set a timer to unlock a Project at 8:00 am on Monday? Now you can! Events let you add time-sensitive notes and actions to your Projects.

TED-Ed's commitment to creating lessons worth sharing is an extension of TED's mission of spreading great ideas. Within the growing TED-Ed video library, you will find carefully curated educational videos, many of which represent collaborations between talented educators and animators nominated through the TED-Ed platform. This platform also allows users to take any useful educational video, not just TED's, and easily create a customized lesson around the video. Users can distribute the lessons, publicly or privately, and track their impact on the world, a class, or an individual student.

Teaching and Learning Resource Guides from Bowling Green State University Center for Teaching and Learning.


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


The Historic Landscape of Nevada: Development, Water, and the Natural Environment The persistence of the natural landscape and predominantly arid ecology of Nevada has created one of the greatest challenges facing the people of Nevada and the American West as we struggle to maintain our built environment. This project, The Historic Landscape of Nevada: Development, Water and the Natural Environment, documents the historic role of water resource management in Southern Nevada.

The Civil War, Part 1: The Places. Last year marked the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War, a milestone commemorated by The Atlantic in a special issue (now available online). Although photography was still in its infancy, war correspondents produced thousands of images, bringing the harsh realities of the frontlines to those on the home front in a new and visceral way.

Aerial Photographs of Colorado. This collection provides access to almost 1,700 digitized aerial photographs of Colorado taken by the U.S. Forest Service in the years from 1938 to 1947.


When the Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Coffee

Traveling on business? How Can I Quickly Find the Best Neighborhood(s) in Any City-and the Best Hangouts Therein?

The Ultimate Business Survival Guide for Freelancers and Small Businesses

Home-Based Business... Is It For Me?

A hierarchy of business to business needs


10 Must-Follow Instagram Accounts for Stylish Women Rolls Out Confusing Redesign, iPhone App

Checking of staff social media posts to rise

Family robbed after teen posts photo of money on Facebook


Dedicating the merit

Cold-Air Intakes and the Mountain-Words to Make Livings, Words to Make Meanings

Traditional vs. Self-publishing is a False Dichotomy

Guide to Literary Agents

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How to find Judy's websites

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

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