This is excellent reading, in this case for both men and women.
This song is fairly short. Worth listening to. The lyrics are in the article.
Dwight, correct me if I got any of that introduction wrong.
I'm sure the cats are not excited by this. Soon he will be able to run after them.
Once Isaac realizes that walking is waaay easier and more efficient than crawling, the game will be over.
I found this link on the Facebook page of Emi Sunshine, a stupendously talented ten-year-old girl who sings American roots music and whose star has been rising over the last year. Her current band consists of her father, brother, and uncle (I don't think he's a blood relative) and one other guy. Emi (with the assistance of her mother) is very open on Facebook about everything that goes on in her life, which is one of her most attractive qualities. She's made no secret of how her family has put everything else on the shelf to help her develop her fledgling career, and how the economics of doing so are tight for them in the extreme.
If (when) Emi makes a "real" album I will buy it. (She's already made three self-produced albums. Her father is a recording engineer and owns a studio.)
As interesting as the attached article is, I must confess that until I read it, I never heard of Dar Williams.
On some of these problems, the question is raised by some of whether it really matters. In some ways it does, yes, but in others it doesn't. There are far fewer rules in language than most people suppose. Most of writing is just style, but style that is agreed to by literate readers and writers. (I'll pass on explaining what that means here.)
What does matter is that any given publication should at least be consistent from cover to cover in how it handles a particular problem. For instance, I absolutely and unequivocally believe in the use of the serial (aka Oxford) comma, but above all, it should not be present in one location and missing in others.
It's always been strange to me that English does not have a gender neutral pronoun. But the purpose of it would be to use when gender is unknown, as happens quite frequently. Its purpose is not to cope with people who are "confused" about their own gender. Gender consciousness is built into the human family, and for most people is a perfectly natural and even a desirable thing.
However, I would be among the first to throw away the old ways and accept the use of the epicene they if I detect its use becoming strongly supported by other copy editors. And there does indeed seem to be a tide shift in the making in the near future. The sooner the better, because I'm tired of stopping to spend ten minutes rewording every sentence where it comes up. This could be one of those issues where if the original author is comfortable with it, then we copy editors ought to be able to accept it.
Ramona??? How is it I never knew my own mother wanted a middle name? That's really interesting. Over the years she probably told each of us a few things she never told any of the others.
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- Music: classical, modern classical (aka new music), jazz, good songwriting (from Irving Berlin to Sting), blues, American musical theater, third world and ethnic, and on and on
- High culture: art, literature, theater, dance, photography, film
- Running, particularly ultrarunning
- Books - I read a lot -- literature, historical fiction, biography, US history, music, much more
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