Taking the boy out of George, one lonely note at a time

My day begins with the newspaper. Years ago, I would wake to a thudding sound as the newspaper hit my front door. But as crime escalated in the city, my condo will no longer allow the newspaper delivery person to enter the locked building. In the early morning, I slip on a house coat and quietly walk down to the front door—the only resident with a newspaper subscription.

And after receiving an impossibly cheap subscription to the National Post, I’ve continue to subscribe to the Post (much to the chagrin of my left-leaning and liberal friends).

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To nominalize or not to nominalize

Nestled on Lonsdale Avenue near 15th Street in North Vancouver, La Zuppa! hosts a Philosophers Café on the third Wednesday of the month. The moderator Martin Hunt, an artist with an interest in science and philosophy, wondered what sort of confusion arises when we turn verbs into nouns.

This action is called nominalizing and funny thing, when I studied it, the action was turned into a process, a thing, and called the nominalization of language.

Hunt argued that nominalization improved literary writing by giving the writer a tool for vagueness. This is precisely why writers are trained to avoid nominalizing words—to prevent ambiguity. A skilled writer can heighten suspense and mystery without the excessive wordiness of nominalization.

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Never leave home without duct tape

My new blog. And my first post.

It may be serendipitous that my first posting on my new blogsite is about a book on making ideas stick. After completing a web class as part of my professional writing training, I entered a draw for a website makeover at the Vancouver Public Library. Gagan Diesh, senior instructor in the Vancouver Film School’s Digital Design program and founder of DesignStamp, commented that of the 50 or 60 domain names entered, becauseshewrites.com was the most memorable. It stuck, he said.

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die, by Chip Heath and Dan Heath, looks like it will hold my attention with its promise to transform the way I communicate ideas. I wonder if this has anything to do with the stainless steel Teflon-coated frying pan I recently purchased. My scrambled eggs no longer stick.