• Writing,  Writing Tips

    Passive Voice | Always an Error?

    When I hear or see the grammatical term “passive voice,” I recall my freshman high school English teacher.  Not once did Miss Tatum ever concede that passive voice was not an error! Use of passive voice in her classroom was strictly prohibited. However, there are times when passive voice becomes the better choice.  An article in the Purdue OWL provides interesting examples.  Perhaps these arguments would have changed Miss Tatum’s mind.  Then again, maybe not. According to the referenced article, and many other reference books and sites, quite often passive voice is the better choice over active voice depending on certain characteristics of the agent performing the action: obviousness, importance, whenthe…

  • Memoir

    Being Real

    Yesterday during worship our assistant pastor asked our children if they knew what “being real” meant.  Very quickly one boy, about 8, replied it meant being honest.  Indeed, integrity and honesty bring us to the very height of being real. Hiding nothing, speaking truth, being authentic.  All those traits carry us into a state of being real. Our pastor then stood up to share her message with us, we adults that is, continuing a message of being real.  Her Scripture, found in Micah 6:8 (MSG), gave a clear image of God’s expectations of us mortals:  basically, be real. But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do, what God is…

  • Memoir

    One Boy’s Struggle: A Memoir: Surviving Life with Undiagnosed ADD by Bryan L. Hutchinson (A Review)

    Bryan L. Hutchinson has written a book for all parents, teachers, physicians and counselors as well as any adult diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (“ADD”) to read.  Hutchinson spent his entire youth and young adult life wondering what made him different, unacceptable in some settings, and caused his difficult relationship with his father. In One Boy’s Struggle: A Memoir, Hutchinson shares his highs and lows, ups and downs, successes and failures, and how he finally came to understand himself and the world around him. What this book is not:   A manual of technical terminology explaining ADD in detail A scientific explanation by a physician, psychologist, psychiatrist or other clinician A medical textbook An immediate…

  • Miscellaneous

    Story Cartel — Making a Connection

    A few months ago Joe Bunting and Jeff Goins launched Story Cartel, “a site to help authors share their stories with readers.” Joe and Jeff set out to build a community where writers and readers would come together to share the stories they write. One benefit to being a part of the Story Cartel is the ability to receive free books in exchange for an honest review.  I’ve just read my first book for Story Cartel and in the next day or two will be posting a review here. I urge you as writers to visit the Story Cartel’s site to learn more about the sharing of stories and reviewing…