I don’t like the snapdragons growing in my front yard. Their color, somewhere between scarlet and maroon, gets on my nerves. If I rip them in full bloom out of the ground am I an assassin? They may be ugly, but they are alive.
If you haven’t yet read President Obama’s memoir, “Dreams from My Father,” don’t miss it. It explains, I think, how Obama got so smart.
The passive sentence gets a bad rap — it’s weak, it’s vague, it’s passive. But sometimes a neatly turned passive sentence is just what our ever-shrinking world needs. Obama’s Cairo speech is an example.
Passive sentences can be wordy and vague — or useful. For me, a passive sentence is one that — for better or worse — obscures the doer of the action.
Why pray? Karen Armstrong, one of my favorite authors, has some answers for the skeptical.
Writer’s block? Not my problem. At least, that’s what I thought until I read Jane Anne Staw’s book, Unstuck: A Supportive and Practical Guide to Working Through Writer’s Block.