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The Four Great Reasons for Writing

In his essay “Why I Write (1946)“, George Orwell details on the four most plausible reasons for writing:

(i) Sheer egoism. Desire to seem clever, to be talked about, to be remembered after death, to get your own back on the grown-ups who snubbed you in childhood, etc., etc.

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#NotSoForeverAlone


About a month ago I started to write this piece on my view of relationships. After going over it countless times – mainly out of fear of exposing some people in the process, I realized that I wasn’t being honest with myself. 638 more words

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Scott Saalman: Saving class reunion is like saving the whales

Herald: September 4, 2013

By SCOTT SAALMAN

“I had some dreams, they were clouds in my coffee.”
—Carly Simon

My 30-year high school class reunion was canceled this summer because of low interest. 862 more words

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G. Orwell on Mark Twain

Mark Twain has sometimes been compared with his contemporary, Anatole France. This comparison is not so pointless as it may sound. Both men were the spiritual children of Voltaire, both had an ironical, sceptical view of life, and a native pessimism overlaid by gaiety; both knew that the existing social order is a swindle and its cherished beliefs mostly delusions.

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55 Classics Review # 13 - The Peril At End House by Agatha Christie

At the risk of sounding like an old woman, I will tell you shamelessly that I love Agatha Christie’s work. I know many people who keep the Sherlock Holmes passion alive, but I don’t know many Christie fans and I honestly have no real idea of whether I fall into a normal demographic for current readers. 537 more words

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Christianity Is Not Real

I realized that evolution was a fact- that we evolved from very simple organisms that lived 4,000,000,000 years ago. I wondered why a god would use such a long, convoluted process to produce the desired human product, a process that included a 160,000,000 year reign of the dinosaurs and the countless suffering of animals that starved to death or were eaten alive.

Religion

Review: Beyond the Book Report

 

Although I had heard of Analytical Grammar, I was unaware of their newest program called Beyond the Book Report.  I found out that I was chosen for this review while at our local homeschool convention and I was excited to talk with and get a picture of the contributing author, Erin Karl. 701 more words