I’m thankful

November 21, 2012

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I’m thankful for the sound our daughter’s Honda Civic makes when it pulls into the driveway, letting me know she’s home safe and sound. I’m thankful for Lynn and all that she is and all that she does to make life worthwhile. I’m thankful, on those rare occasions, when I look up from a golf […]

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Gosh, I miss Dave Kindred

September 26, 2012

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After stops in Louisville, Ky., and Washington, D.C., Dave Kindred brought his typewriter and way with words to Atlanta. This was back in the ’80s as I was wrapping up my days as a sportswriter at the Atlanta Journal, the afternoon competition to Kindred and the morning Constitution. Dave was – and still is – […]

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Signs of the Times

August 28, 2012

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If you’re a word nerd like me, you find yourself proof reading just about everything. PRDaily’s Michael Sebastian (via ragan.com) has gathered this collection of 10 signs that needed an editor before they were put on public display.    

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Travel Like a Silicon Valley Pro

July 14, 2012

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I don’t travel a great deal. About 10-12 times a year I have to get in an airplane. But that doesn’t mean I’m not a luggage and travel efficiency junkie. I have every piece of luggage I will ever need. But I’m still looking for that one new piece that will solve my latest need, […]

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There’s lots of opportunities to call the grammar police these days.

July 2, 2012

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There's lots of opportunities to call the grammar police these days

I seem to be among a growing minority of people who pay attention to grammar. I know it's a sign of the times and my own background. I spent many an early morning on the copy desk at the Atlanta Journal Sports department editing stories,watching out for dangling participles and the like.

My writer friends, of course, are an exception. Mark Burris, who graduated from a good liberal arts school and writes (and thinks) better than most, pays strict attention. As does my colleague Ginny Gaylor, who makes a living as an editor and proofreader.  

But in the age of  email and Twitter, more and more people are taking greater license with language. One of the most popular misappropriations of language involves the contraction for "there is." There's is the shortened form of there is. It is singular. (Or it's singular, but don't get me started on its and it's.). There's should not be used to connect a plural subject or object, as in "There's not enough golfers playing the game today." There are not enough golfers playing the game today is grammatically correct. It's also a sad fact.   

In a survey conducted earlier this year, about 45% of 430 employers said they were increasing employee-training programs to improve employees' grammar and other skills, according to the Society for Human Resource Management and AARP. Good for them. There are (not, there's and certainly not they're) some other interesting facts about the damage being done to language at the link I've shared above.

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Chance to right a wrong

June 10, 2012

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As the U.S. Open gets underway this week at Olympic Club in San Francisco, we’re going to be reacquainted with Casey Martin. Martin is in the field for the U.S. Open for the first time since his only other Open appearance, in 1998, also at Olympic Club. I’ve never met Martin, but 12 years ago, […]

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Whittling away on Friday

May 13, 2012

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The highlight of my work week is the rare Friday when there’s only one pressing thing on my to-do list and that’s to turn out a nice piece of writing. This past Friday was such a day. There’s something about Friday that makes it the best day for writing. Maybe it’s the pressure that comes […]

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Sophie Talks, We Should Listen

April 26, 2012

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Earlier this month, Sophie Gustafson received the Golf Writers Association of America Ben Hogan Award, honoring golfers playing with a physical handicap or serious illness. Sophie has a severe stutter, which explains why it took eight hours to record her amazing acceptance speech. She also has a courageous spirit. For years on tour Sophie did […]

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Takes one to shoot one

April 15, 2012

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http://www.golfdigest.com/magazine/golf-world

Have you seen the Golf World cover shot of Masters winner Bubba Watson? It's an amazing image shot by longtime Golf World / Golf Digest photographer Dom Furore. It shows Bubba peering at a shot, legs crossed as he follows through, with his club cradled softly in his hands. The cover title - in an even starker white than Bubba's all-white outfit and set against the green of Augusta - was a perfect fit: PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST. I've kept the magazine on my desk for more than a week because, as I wrote Dom, I can't stop looking at it.       

"Thanks," he wrote back. "I'm glad I work with a photo editor  that found it, a designer that used it, and an editor that came up with the artist line." 

Yeah, and I might add, a magazine that's still in business. 

http://www.golfdigest.com/magazine/golf-world

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Bagpipes, a bucket hat and a tear

March 28, 2012

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Two things happened to me on Saturday that I thought I would never live to see. The first was attending Furman Bisher’s funeral. Furman, the longtime sports editor and columnist of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and my boss for six years, was 93 when he died on March 18. Normally you would say that there’s nothing […]

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