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Over the past thirty-nine years, I've discovered that I've inherited or learned many traits from my mother. One of these is a highly critical eye when it comes to reading just about anything that has been written. I find that I hate to read the newspaper because my eyes seem to be automatically drawn to any and every mistake in spelling, punctuation or grammar.
There was one newspaper whose owners I became aquainted with. In a small town that only has two printed newspapers, I thought it was important that there be as few errors in the print as possible. I tried speaking to them about it, attempting to be as diplomatic and inoffensive as possible. I was surprised to discover that they didn't see any problems with their paper.
The other newspaper in town is associated with an online newspaper which encourages students at the local high school to write for them with an internship program. The first paper I've mentioned here has been purchased by the company that produces the online newspaper and their first issue under the new ownership was placed in the mailbox of every resident of our little town. The stands weren't filled, but the mailboxes were.
There are still a lot more errors than someone as critical as myself can overlook. I won't claim that I always spell every single word correctly. I sometimes make grammar and punctuation mistakes. There are even times when I'll use netslang or abbreviations when I'm talking to someone online, but when I want someone to take me seriously none of that works.
We have news media who talks about someone strapping explosives to themselves with the intention of sacrificing themself so that they can kill other people. One might expect the caption at the bottom of the screen to mention a "Suicide Bomber." That would, after all, be the correct term to describe such a terrorist. That is not, however, what this national news station chose to display. Instead, they referred to this person as a "Homicide Bomber."
I truly believe that I considered that the last straw, as it were; the straw that broke this camel's back. We promote literacy among our children, but far too many of us can't teach by example. Literacy only means that you can read and speak well enough to get by. Fluency means writing or speaking with ease. We need to push beyond that. We should never be satisfied with encouraging our children to just "get by" in life. We should always encourage them to push their limits to become the best that they can possibly become.
From now on, any time I see or hear a mistake on the news while watching TV or listening to the radio, I'm going to blog about it and say where I saw or heard it. If I read something online that is too much to overlook, I'll blog about it and post a link. If I happen to pick up a newspaper and find something in there that should never have left their editor's desk, I'll blog about that too... and make sure to include the name of the publication.
Maybe this won't do anything more than make me feel a little better from having vented. Maybe it will get enough attention to start the student writing website I've been thinking about since a friend of mine passed away that earns enough money to give out scholarships to students who participate on a regular basis. That's the dream, anyway... I hope to live to see the day when adults and kids both care enough to go beyond just being literate.
Design Your Own Soaps
There are so many different kinds of soaps that can be purchased already made, but have you ever wanted to try a soap that you designed yourself? Now's your chance!
Last Updated (Saturday, 26 September 2009 20:13)
About our soap bases
Currently, we only offer Mix and Pour soaps made from Life of the Party bases. We are investigating the possibility of offering Cold Process and/or Hot Process Soaps in the future.
Last Updated (Thursday, 10 September 2009 19:28)
Hand Made Soaps Now Available Online!
I've been making glycerin soaps for a few years now and finally decided it was time to take that hobby to the next level. I've sold a few bars and bath salts here and there. I've given several away as gifts, and they've always been well received. Now we're going to make them available for purchase online!
Last Updated (Wednesday, 02 September 2009 21:18)
We're in the process of putting up a genealogy section on the website. Please bear with us while we get it up and running properly.