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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


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.

Forbidden Tools

I just saw yet another of those “avoid these words and phrases” lists.

It all starts out innocently enough – someone thinks that a word is overused, so they decide to use it less. Fine. But the next thing you know, they’re telling everyone around them that they shouldn’t use it either, and then

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Mini-Rant o’ the Day: “Couple”

In some uses, you can use couple without of:

They are a couple.
It is a retreat for couples.

In others, you cannot:

I will list a couple of examples here.
She has a couple of books in her house.

Here’s the key: replace couple with pair, and see if you need of:

They are a pair.

NOT: They are a pair of.


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The Rant o’ the Day: Comprise

There are two ways in which you will typically hear this word being used, and one of them is wrong.

I’m well aware that as dictionaries continue their slide away from being a place you can go to find out how you should use some word, and toward simply being wikis of every conceivable way in

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Re “re”

The word “re” is not an abbreviation.

Nor is it an acronym or an initialization. It is simply a Latin word. Originally, it was almost invariably used in the phrase “in re,” meaning “in regard to.” From Wikipedia:

In re, Latin for "in the matter [of]", is a legal term used to indicate that a

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