It feels like I’m in a constant conversation with most people via email. So one doesn’t keep saying, “Dear Friend,” every time the chat comes back. So why bother with the greeting? Just get to the point, right? Is that bad?
Americans have their special interests, including Christians. I’ve been gone for so long that the things I write don’t seem to resonate with them. Maybe another reason to turn my efforts more to Portuguese?
To say more with fewer words, thereby making them weigh more and have greater effect for good, is a most worthy exercise.