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    Hubs is very sick. Probably pneumonia and other things. Second son and fiancee took him to the ER/hospital. Thank you for praying. 🧡
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    In the 1970s, the Wall Street Journal was written at a 9th grade level, and most other newspapers were written at a 7th grade level. Very few people needed a reading level above 10th grade, because scientific/medical journals were written at that level. (I was going to college to become a high school English teacher, so this is stuff we had to memorize for the tests.) At the turn of the century, I looked it up again. WSJ was down to 7th grade, WaPo, NYT, and most "normal" newspapers were down to 5th grade reading level. (Then, Philly had two papers created by the same business. Our "normal" one, which was 5th grade reading level, and then out "sports paper" written at 3rd grade. Then again, one-third of Philadelphians are business-illiterate, and our public school system only demands a 4th grade reading level to graduate high school.) No telling how low it is now. BUT, that's not all bad news. I was a student of Dr. Richard Mitchell, and firmly believe we should use smaller words when they work. (That's use, not utilize. 😉) And, I have made it a point to write in plain English. I can do hoity-toity if needed, but I tend to avoid the hoity-toity crowd, so rarely need it. (Sometimes listen to lawyer friends, but they don't have to change their vocabulary for me, usually. Sometimes a meaning is required.) And since I do write for 2nd-5th graders, (MG), absolutely no need to talk down to them. They talk my levels.
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    I pray for your husband's complete healing. In Jesus Name. Amen.
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    Thank you, to each one of you. We definitely appreciate your precious prayers. They're running more tests and giving him oxygen and medication.
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    Praying right now, Lynn, for your husband and your family!
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    Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
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    Praying here, too! Please keep us posted and let us know if there's anything else we can do.
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    The sudden and tragic end of the saga.
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    Hmmm. This is odd for me as I have not done this before. Greetings to one and all dear sirs and madams, I bid thee a most "welcome". I am Charles Beanland, age 58, living in Alaska on the island of Kodiak for now. I am reaching out to whomever that might respond so I might find an iron to sharpen myself on without getting metal splinters. I am ex navy, an ex husband and an ex southern boy from Florida. I cannot stop the stories from going through my head, but I have problems getting anyone to give me a good argument - improvement - encouragement - or just a good pat on the head saying "now there's a good boy ." and to be honest I fear the quick kick in the pants if I messed up. I have many stories as I have had time to write them and very few that are complete. Sadly. Thus my reason for asking for help. I write fiction in the line of "what if", in my thinking, and like to try and make the reader think. I was in Colorado Springs years back and a publisher told me that I need a good English course to build or rebuild what is missing in my life. In 2013 -2015 I took a few English 101 course and creative writing classes. I enjoyed them very much but the liberal views of the Collage was something that was a big disappointment to encounter. Silly me for not looking before I leaped. I also write my thought experiments or essays of my ponderings to work things out as I go through them. I would like either a good argument and why you feel that way so I may understand you thinking on the matter. I prefer a "two thumbs up" instead but that is wishful thinking on my part. I have attached one of many essays with this ( I think) If I have attached it right. To start things off and see with whom I am going to be dealing with. Please be gentle as I do not want to spend my time alone on the corner crying and wishing for someone to give me a hug to make it all better. In my time alone out in the wilds of Alaska, (A remote caretaker of lodges), I have had time to research, think, and play with the idea of things. So, now I think on the deep side. And as I like to say, -{If you are trying to think outside of the box, why not just get rid of the box to begin with?}- YES! My humor is good sounding to me as I write this, but it may not come across as I wish it to be in paper/computer. And if you can find it in your heart . . ."Please to forgive If I offend thee" as Puck woulds say in Shakespeare.
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    A friend in church is starting a new T-shirt business. To help her out I drew four Human Beans pictures for her to make. I posted them on my website for sale. Please check them out. Thank you in advance. God bless! http://www.angelfire.com/trek/adventurebooks/humanbeans/tees.html
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    There's also a collateral problem. I have a son-in-law who graduated with a business degree. He can read, but he hates it. So he reads nothing. all videos. What do we call that? I can think of a few, but not here.🤯
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    I agree. I have some stories as a teacher that would make any parent's blood curdle.
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    Father God, Please keep Lynn and her family close to You during this uncertain time. Let Your presence be felt by her husband and those on the medical team that is working with him. We ask these things in Jesus' Name. Amen.
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    I'll pray for your hubby, too.
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    I haven't actually seen the Story Grid, but from what I've heard it sounds intimidating. I did do some research on story structures and found some broader, simpler ways of creating the structure. I should at least have a look at the Story Grid system, though.
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    A worthy goal. I pray it works well.
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    Above all, put on love—the perfect bond of unity. Colossians 3:14 (HCSB) Unity is a delightful word. It basically means that groups of diverse people have developed into one multi-faceted group. The body of Christ is comprised of Christians from different denominations, countries, and races. So, unity is not a major issue in the Christian faith, right? Well, not quite. There are times when disagreements occur in the body of Christ. Suppose one person believes that the rapture of the church will occur before the Great Tribulation, and another person believes that the rapture will occur after the Great Tribulation. Such was the case between a fellow minister and me. When I expressed my view on the rapture, he looked at me and said, “I love you, buddy.” He did not agree with my view, but he still loved me as a fellow Christian. Unconditional love is the “super glue” that holds the body of Christ together. When we love one another as Jesus loves us, we can agree to disagree on issues and not let anything separate us from the body. Let us all love each other and maintain the unity of the body of Christ. May God bless you today and every day! 😊
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    Though we should write to our audience, I too believe there has been a dumbing down over the years. I once heard a story about a professor at a law school who required all of his college students to read "The Federalist Papers" and inevitably each year some of the students would come to him and complain about how difficult it was to read "The Federalist Papers". His only response to them would be something along the lines of: "The Federalist Papers were written to the laymen of New York - the common person off the street. Hopefully, one day you will be able to attain to their academic prowess." As a teacher, I have seen our expectations of our students continue to drop year after year.
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    There are a number of readability formulas that give a rough feel for different pieces of writing. One very popular one is the Gunning Fog Index. There are websites where you can paste in a piece of your writing, and get a measurement. In some places, you can get a count of the offending parameters, e.g., words of 3 or more syllables, average length of sentences, etc.. Different publications will use different fog indices, with a Reader's Digest using a more challenging level than, say, People Magazine. Since both of these publications have existed simultaneously for a long time, I'm not sure that a single book, or even a group of books from a particular era, are going to give a good indication. Somewhere though, there will have to be studies on how/if some baseline Fog Index has been changing over time. That would be a good place to start looking.
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    Oops! Sarah, I missed yours. LOL I love those helium voices!
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    I know that battle . . . I've been plagued with evil spiritual attacks most of my adult life. I was plagued by fear of our enemy attacking me and having power over me until I realized that he is a sword rattler and has no power except what I allow him to have. During an attack I would envision myself in a protective bubble where he or his minions could not enter and would repeat Jesus' name over and over until they/he went away. One time I was woken from a dead sleep and I felt the presence right near my face. It made me angry and I rebuked it with a vengeance. It left and I asked God why?? He said "my child, you need to learn to fight! Use my power and protection and don't take this on without Me as your shield." Things changed after that. Oh, I still get some attacks but I finally am confident that I need not fear nor be subject to the power that wants to invade my life. Be of good cheer my friend, God has overcome the evil one and he has no more power over you than a dream . . . Resist him, use Christ's name, and remember YOU are the victor no matter how terrified you may feel. He can do nothing to you but make you afraid. His tactic is fear and accusations to make you feel unworthy but God has made you worthy. I hope this helps. Oh, just one more note. If you were not a threat to his realm, he wouldn't bother with you. So because he's after you means you are important to God's plan . . . Hang in there.
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    I keep coming back to this poem to ponder the words. Comforting and drives me toward the Word.
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    I'm not sure about dumbed down. I tend to see it as terminally ignorant. I'm amazed at the things they've never heard of. I tend to write it off as the exceedingly small amount of actual content in the public schools. I mean, no geometry?! And it goes on from there.
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