Best Writing Advice Ever

Elmore-Leonard

Rest in peace, Dutch. Some of his other tips: 1. Never open a book with weather. 2. Avoid prologues. 3. Never use a verb other than “said” to carry dialogue. 4. Never use an adverb to modify the verb “said”…he admonished gravely. 5. Keep your exclamation points under control. You are allowed no more than [Read More...]

Kitty Wells, RIP

One of the pioneers of country music passed away yesterday. You don’t hear much about Kitty Wells, but before Patsy, Loretta, Dolly, or any of the other great voices of country music, she was the first solo woman artist to have a number 1 country hit. The song was “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk [Read More...]

Doc Watson, RIP

As I mentioned on Saturday, the great guitarist and singer Doc Watson was in the hospital for colon surgery. He required a second procedure, and his condition was listed as critical over the weekend. Earlier today, he passed away. From the obituary: Doc Watson was born March 3, 1923 in what is now Deep Gap, [Read More...]

Eugene Polley, RIP

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When I was young, my parents had convincing stories of youthful hardship: long walks to school, hauling coal for 25 cents a ton, the deprivations of the Depression, World War II, and so on. My stories of the average Gen X childhood are considerably less impressive (although my son remains fascinated by the dangers of [Read More...]

Fairwell, Earl UPDATED

One of the greats has passed into eternity. Godspeed, Earl Scruggs. A nice tribute from Steve Martin: Some nights he had the stars of North Carolina shooting from his fingertips. Before him, no one had ever played the banjo like he did. After him, everyone played the banjo like he did, or at least tried. [Read More...]

Requiem Æternam: Bishop John C. Reiss, Trenton

Bishop John C. Reiss

Here in the diocese of Trenton today, we are mourning the loss of retired bishop John Reiss,who passed away yesterday at the age of 89. Some excerpts from the diocesan obituary: John Charles Reiss was born May 13, 1922, in Red Bank, one of 11 children of Alfred and Sophia Telljohann Reiss. Of his five brothers [Read More...]


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