Happy Thought for the Day

While walking an introductory class through a close reading of “The Defense of Fort McHenry” (better known as “The Star-Spangled Banner,”) I noted that a student had wondered whether the appearance of “In God We Trust” on US currency had anything to do with the inclusion of a similar phrase, “In God is our Trust,” in the poem that became the U.S. national anthem. I confessed to the student that…

A desire to use language effectively is not enough to be a published author

This message arrived in my in box today. The author gave me permission to answer it here. It must have been fate that led me to your site which I perused with great interest. Please allow me to introduce myself. I am a 57 year old male, separated after nearly 27 years of marriage, now retired due to a chronic┬ádisability. Formerly I was a high technology executive recruiter, prior to…