The WordPress software that runs our Forthright Magazine website says that Stan Mitchell had published no fewer than 715 articles in his Reality Check column. The one we still have for next week will make 716. That is no small feat.
Stan wrote about a wide range of subjects. His work as a college professor often shone through as he addressed issues especially pertinent to young people. He thought much about the next generation of saints. Stan upheld the historicity of the Bible and wrote about archaeology and Christian evidences. He loved to ponder facets of our singing, having written a book about it. He sought to encourage readers to be wholehearted, genuine, and dedicated in faith.
His articles deserve repeated reading.
Friend Stan passed away this morning. This was his day to publish on FMag, and we had one article to go up of his. One more for next week also. Then his column goes quiet.
Family note: DD and her fiancé had started premarital counseling with Stan. They were going to ask him to perform the wedding ceremony.
George Orwell’s Six Rules for Writing Clear and Tight Prose
At this link you’ll find the six rules. You can find more on them at the OpenCulture link there, if you’re interested in pursuing it.
Every spare moment, nearly, has been spent in writing in Portuguese, much of that for a book of evangelistic studies, which so far has just over 200 pages. It has required translation of some studies, transcription of material I have on paper by others, and writing my own material, as well as revision and expansion of other of my material.
There’s also another big, big reason, but I’ll get to that one before long.
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?
A popular political and cultural website that is open to submissions has a rule that two spaces should follow full stops in text. Unbelievable! Unreasonable! One should use one space between sentences. Always. If you’re going to use two spaces, get a manual typewriter.
I just realized why I seldom finish prayers written on a website I follow. The author often has many good thoughts, but I seem to get lost in the prayer. My mind wanders away, so that I don’t finish reading the post. I noticed that he has run-on sentences. He often fails to punctuate them properly. Commas are needed. Dependent clauses sometimes fail to connect to the main verb. It makes me more determined to write simply. I’d rather risk being choppy than hard to understand. What do you think?
Study with Paulo this afternoon at 2. Check.
CrossFit at 5. Check.
Study with Pedro and Karol at 8. They’re coming here instead, since he’ll get off work late. Stay tuned.
Writing, in Portuguese and English, and other items done in between, including my FMag article for today.
I have seen good writers who were not good thinkers, and good thinkers who were not good writers. Precious few are both good writers and good thinkers.