Archive for the ‘Writing’ category

Writing and Spelling

March 31, 2019

Okay, it’s time to talk about my favorite writing issues. I am in no way an English scholar. But I did learn a few things in high school that I have managed to remember after some 60 something years.

First, use of homonyms (or whatever they call them nowadays). I still remember when to use:

  • Where, were, we’re – So we have: Where am I going? I’d be careful if I were you, and we’re going to the baseball game.
  • Hear, here – I hear that you are coming to visit us here
  • You’re, Your – You’re not going to like this. Your computer is dead.
  • It’s, its – It’s going to be a hot day. The computer lost its mind. This is sometimes hard to remember. “It’s” is short for “it is”. “Its” is plural of “it”.
  • Why’re, wire – Don’t see this mistake too often. I don’t usually see “Wire you here?”

Okay, here’s my second gripe. Run-on paragraphs. We received a letter a while ago that was one paragraph densely packed over two pages. Totally unreadable. Take a look at a newspaper. You’ll rarely see a paragraph with more than two or three sentences. Sometimes, you’ll even see one sentence paragraphs.

Third gripe, spelling. No excuse in this day and age to screw up spelling. One day long ago, my mom and dad had my two brothers in a spelling bee at the Marshfield Fair. The three of us took first, second and third. Somethings just stick.

That’ll be enough. Back to my crossword puzzle.

Shameless Plug

September 22, 2018

As you may know (or not know), my brother Rich is a writer. Head on over to his blog to see the cover of his latest novel coming to Amazon soon.

Be sure to start following his blog about writing.

Shameless Plugs

July 27, 2018

Okay, I thought I would share with some of my favorite blogs and newsletters. All are free and guaranteed to be interesting.

First is NextDraft by Dave Pell. This is a newsletter that contains a cut of the current trending news. It is published most weekdays at about 1pm west coast time. And what’s more it is free. You can subscribe on the main page for


Next up is “Beautybeyondbones” written by Rachel Mankowitz. Rachel writes about eating disorders and her despair and her redemption. She has written a  book about the despair of eating disorders. She lives in New York City has had two cute little dogs. One of which has recently died. All about life in the big city.

thefadingyear is a blog about Irish history, traditions and folklore. Here is an excerpt from the latest post.

Reek Sunday, the last Sunday in July, is traditionally known for the great pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick, a mountain in County Mayo. Croagh Patrick, or Cruach Phádraig as it is known in Irish, literally means Patrick’s Stack, the site, according to hagiography, was where Saint Patrick fasted for 40 days. For over four thousand years Patrick’s Stack has has attracted pilgrimages, with the site originally hosting pagan gatherings which were gradually to become more Christianised from the time of Saint Patrick.

It’s a bit obscure, but for someone of Irish heritage, I find it interesting.

My brother is a published writer and has a blog about writing. The blog is richardbowker.  By the way, you can buy his books from Also, I have to buy them on Amazon. No freebies for his older brother, either. Note: He reads my blog, hint, hint. More about Richard.


Next, is TheClosetAtheist. This is a blog about the daily struggles a young woman has over her beliefs in becoming an atheist and her relationship with her Christian family.

Here is a bit about the author. Click here.

Here is a quote from one of her recent posts:

For the past couple of years, I have felt as though, in this area of my life, atheism itself is all that I’m interested in. I wanted to read books that specifically laid out arguments for or against the existence of God, and I didn’t have much interest in books that were just about religion or just about science. Most people in the atheist community that I have encountered on WordPress and Twitter also have a fiery passion for science.

There you have it. I hope that you find some of these blogs as interesting as I do. I am intending this for some of my friends that no longer do Facebook and might be looking for something different. Enjoy.