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Publisher: Rosemary Beach Press LLC

Publish Date: March 1, 2014

Synopsis: Greenwich, Connecticut socialite Jaspar Moran has it all-a magnificent estate, two beautiful children and a loving husband, Trevor, serving as the Secretary of the Treasury. Protected, admired and living in the lap of luxury, Jaspar is reeling from the news that his government jet has crashed just as her children vanish without a trace. An ominous message warns her to keep silent about her husband's role in the President's economic plan. Or else. Determined to save her children, she'll go to hell and back, form alliances with assassins, traitors and Mafioso, and commit unspeakable acts-if that's what it takes. With alarms sounding around the world, hunted from all sides, and unsure of who to trust, she finds herself depending on a mysterious figure without an identity. Jaspar journeys from the Australian outback to the palazzos of Rome, the Monte Carlo Grand Prix, and to the magnificence of the Vatican, in her quest. Can she rescue her children before the plot to crash the global economy is unleashed?

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One or Two Spaces After a Period? #Punctuation #Writingtips

Daily Writing Tips 
by Maeve Maddox

Among the most acrimonious writing-related debates one finds on language blogs is one sparked by the innocuous question, “Do you put one or two spaces after a period?”
Wriing in Slate, Farhad Manjoo borders on the abusive:
Can I let you in on a secret? Typing two spaces after a period is totally, completely, utterly, and inarguably wrong. [...] And yet people who use two spaces are everywhere, their ugly error crossing every social boundary of class, education, and taste.
The two-spacers can be just as aggressive:
As a US Marine, I know that what’s right is right and you are wrong [about the spacing issue]. I declare it once and for all aesthetically more appealing to have two spaces after a period. If you refuse to alter your bullheadedness, I will petition the commandant to allow me to take one Marine detail to…impose my rule. Thou shalt place two spaces after a period. Period. Semper Fidelis.–from the CMOS forum
The one-space monomyth suggests that in some utopian past before the invention of the typewriter, typographers knew better than to leave that “ugly” extra space between sentences.
According to the myth, because the keys on those clunky typewriters made all letters take up the same amount of space (the “i” key was as wide as the “m” key) the typist needed to leave two spaces between sentences so that readers could see where one sentence ended and the other began. The implication is that before the typewriter, typographers had put less space between sentences.
A glance through some of the books in my own library is enough to refute the notion that leaving a wide space between sentences came in with the typewriter.
In my Hogarth Moralized (1831), the spaces between sentences are at least em quads (spaces as wide as a capital M). In my Cassell’s Library of English Literature (1883), the spaces are wide enough to drive a truck through; ditto my collection of English textbooks from the 1930s and 1940s, although my Modern Library editions (very cheap at the time of purchase) already show the narrower spacing.
Leaving a wide space between sentences did not come in with the monospacing of the typewriter. And the use of two spaces after a period is not automatically “ugly and wrong.” It’s a matter of typographic convention.
Critics like Manjoo may feel that one space after a period is prettier than two spaces, but that’s merely his opinion. The one-space convention has triumphed, but not for reasons of aesthetics; it is a typographical evolution driven by changing technology.
Two articles that do a great job of documenting the evolution of the spacing convention are, How Many Spaces After a Period? Ending the Debate, by David Brickert and Why two spaces after a period isn’t wrong, by a writer at Heraclitean River.
The Bricker article includes illustrations of printed texts dating from 1787 to 1966.
Like typography, style guides evolve. The Chicago Manual of Style, Fourth Edition (1914), recommended “an em quad (wide space) after periods…” However, my trusty, up-to-date online edition of the Chicago Manual of Stylelays down a new rule:
6.7 Punctuation and space—one space or two?
In typeset matter, one space, not two, should be used between two sentences—whether the first ends in a period, a question mark, an exclamation point, or a closing quotation mark or parenthesis.
So, “Do you put one or two spaces after a period?” The answer, according to present-day conventions: one space.
If you’re writing for yourself, do what makes you happy. If you decide to submit what you’ve written to a publisher, you can always get rid of the extra spaces with the “search and replace” feature.

One or Two Spaces?
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Intellectuals and Society by Thomas Sowell #bookreview

Intellectuals and Society 
by Thomas Sowell 
(Basic Books 2011)

Where do you get your opinions from? Parents, friends, religious leaders, politicians, intellectuals?

Whether the issue is marital relations, child rearing, poverty, taxes, public indecency, crime, sex, or otherwise, we all have opinions. We tend to express those opinions with whomever will listen.

“Intellectuals” believe themselves to be opinion leaders. Why? Well, to be honest, because they think they are more intelligent than the rest of us. Of course, they are just people who have their own opinions. In most cases, those opinions may be based on diligent study and focus. Nonetheless, they are just opinions of people who may have a higher IQ than you and me, but probably have way less life experience. In my own view, the cauldron of knowledge is that life experience, not existential thought and reading of other intellectuals.

In my case, I like to think I am a liberal, though my friends say that I am a reactionary conservative. Who knows? In all likelihood, we all have views that, issue-by-issue, are all over the waterfront.

In Intellectuals and Society, Thomas Sowell provides an anthology of the thoughts of intellectuals through the millennia on a vast range of subjects, including economics, social visions, reality, law, war, race, and reality vs. vision.

To me, the most interesting issue today is “what is the role of America in the world?” Our President has a view. So do Rush Limbaugh, Karl Rove, and Rand Paul. Who should we use as a barometer of reality?

Professor Sowell does a fine job of assessing this question from a long-range perspective. Consider, for example, the views of the famed intellectual Bertrand Russell on Hitler and the evolution of Nazism. In the 1930s, he counseled Britain that disarmament was the means of addressing Hitler! Or Rachel Carlson, who proclaimed the horrors of DDT on bird eggs, only to facilitate the spread of malaria. She saved millions of birds at the cost of millions of actual people! Or Ralph Nader on Corvairs?

My own feeling is that thought leaders often have no real experience with real people addressing the reality of real life. They live in ivory towers of their own isolation, addressing a world of abstractions full of abstract people. In the university context, I have long experienced intellectuals who love humanity (abstraction) and despise people (reality).

I thoroughly enjoyed Intellectuals and Society. I enjoy thinking about what I think, wondering where the instincts come from. No doubt, it is from the world around me and my own life experience. Just like you. In any event, it is comforting to know that intellectuals have no better idea than do I about the future. For sure, I am better off following my own instincts than the thought leaders of the world.

Warms, Cym 


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