L. R. Denham

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Category: Writing

Are you too old to write?

All of us are getting older at the same rate, but some of us started earlier. Today I’d like to mention a few people who continued writing well beyond what many would consider retirement age.

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Seeing the page

For at least 2000 year we have known that people can see close objects  less clearly as they age. For example, the apostle Paul, who was clearly able to both read and write, dictated his letters to a scribe but often signed them in his own hand (1 Corinthians 16:21, Colossians 4:18, 2 Thessalonians 3:17, and Philemon 1:19). Paul was around fifty years old when he wrote these letters, and (in common with most men and women of that age, then and now) probably could not see clearly anything closer than three to six feet from his eyes, unless he wore reading glasses. Read the rest of this entry »

Looking at how eBooks are made

These days many books are being published in electronic form, either instead of being printed on paper, or as well as being printed. In this post I’m going to look at some of the formats used for this.

For a book to be useful as an electronic document it has to use a format which is readily available to the potential reading audience. Otherwise the intended audience will not read it. Printed books require nothing but the book itself to be read. Electronic books require some kind of device to make them readable. Read the rest of this entry »

Cultural literacy?

I submitted a piece to an online writing group recently, including the following excerpt:

[The cat] jumped into his lap and after circling once curled up and closed his eyes. [He] stroked the animal absently, and the cat started to purr. Food, shelter, family, and a cat. What more was needed? Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient to the day is the evil thereof.

One critique made this comment:

I really like the last 2 sentences, seems like a quotation, but I don’t remember one like this.

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