Metamorphosis

The SisterWives

“A change of the form or nature of a thing or person into a completely different one, by natural or supernatural means.”

I think we can all agree we go through many overhauls in our lifetime. Through life choices or circumstance, we evolve. The real prize is being able to look back at our former selves and learn, contemplate, and gain insight. Today, our guest author is doing exactly that, in a way that will make you think and laugh. We’re honored to have her. — Beth

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Most people, at some time during their school careers, gingerly captured caterpillars and watched as they formed a chrysalis to later emerge as a delightfully colored moth, aka butterfly. What your second grade teacher didn’t tell you, and might not have known, is what happens inside the cocoon. You imagine that the caterpillar’s plump body slims down due to the lack of…

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It’s Now a Single-Spaced World

Live to Write - Write to Live

Show of hands. Who learned to type on a typewriter?

TypewriterNow keep your hand up if you double space between sentences.

Wow. Quite a few of you!

I hope this news isn’t a surprise, but double spacing is virtually no more when writing for publication. A single space is all that is needed / required between sentences for most style guides and a majority of publishers.

If you’re publishing your own blog and your own e-books you may retain the double spacing between sentences as a personal preference. But if you’re submitting for publication, a single space is all that’s needed in most cases.

*I’m saying most cases because the American Press (AP) Stylebook did call for the single space, but have gone back to the double space.

Programmers and anyone coding in HTML (for instance) on their blogs, know that it’s an effort to make a double space. Everything defaults to…

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Let’s not get ahead of ourselves with this Supreme Court

A (or One) Skeptic

It’s tempting, in the wake of last week’s two Supreme Court decisions, to think of the Roberts court as a reasonable court. When we do that we overlook some of the absolutely terrible decisions that have come out of that court, such as the decisions on gun control and campaign finance.

On the Second Amendment, there was District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008) and McDonald v. Chicago, 561 U.S. 742 (2010), which essentially eviscerated gun control legislation in the United States. This even though the 2nd Amendment clearly makes the right to bear arms conditional on the existence of a well-regulated militia, and it is the militia that has the right to bear arms.

On Campaign Finance there was Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 558 U.S. 310 (2010) and McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, 134 S.Ct. 1434 (2014), which opened the floodgates on unlimited campaign spending…

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