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Birch Bay Public Market

Friday, May 10 through the end of summer, Cathy and I will be selling her hand-made soaps, lotions, and toiletries, along with my photography, note cards, calenders, books, etc.

Come see us!

Across the street from the C Shop

4825 Alderson Road, Birch Bay, Washington 98230

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I had an automated blogroll here, powered by Google Reader, but Google, in its near-infinite lack of wisdom, killed Google Reader. Prior to this murder, all I had to do to put a blog on my blogroll (or to take it off) was to place it in a Reader folder called, appropriately enough, "blogroll" (or, of course, to remove it). I use The Old Reader now for following blogs, but it seems to have no way to something similar regarding the blogroll. If you know of a way to do this, please let me know.

“Active” vs “Passive” Round N, or “Once more into the breach, my friends!”

You have no idea how annoying this is to me!

Or at least I assume none of my three regular readers have figured out, over the years, how annoying it is to me that so many people rant and rail against something that they call “passive voice,” or “passive tense,” or “passive verbs,” all the while not being able to define or point out passive voice!

For those of you who stand on my side of that line in the sand, I’ve just found the single most comprehensive blog post on the truth of the argument that I’ve ever seen. It is to be found at Language Log in an article from November, 2006, titled HOW TO DEFEND YOURSELF FROM BAD ADVICE ABOUT WRITING. It even includes a link to “some examples of passives in the writing of E.B. White, who was the White in Strunk & White,” and another where you can “examine the passive practices of professor Strunk himself.”

Go there. Read that. Arm yourself for the long war. We have not yet begun to fight!

(And if you’re not subscribed to Language Log yet, shame on you!)

 

 

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