BARBARA’S BOOK

Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Wrestling with God: Stories of Doubt and Faith" book cover with photo of author Barbara Falconer Newhall

"Any seeker of any faith will be blessed to read the words of this fine author and observer."

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Noah Lukeman on the Colon, That Most Majestic of Punctuation Marks . . .

Ever since I read Noah Lukeman’s treatise on the comma in a 2006 issue of The Writer’s Chronicle, I have been a fan. A devotee. No, let’s face it, a groupie.

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The Rhetorician in the White House — Or, How I Learned to Love the Passive Voice

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.

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In the Garden With the Grammar Geek: Is It Ever OK to Use the Passive Voice?

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.

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The Writing Room: Splitting the Infinitive — How to Boldy Go There

“To boldly go where no man has gone before.” Nitpickers and pedants take exception to that stirring old Star Trek slogan. I don’t.

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Writing Room: The Punch Line Always Goes Last

Everyone knows that the punch line goes at the end of a joke, not the beginning. A mystery writer knows to set the story up and get all the necessary events and clues in place before revealing that the pizza delivery guy did it. The same is true of a paragraph and a sentence.

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