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Issue: 2018-10-17

Ship of Sorrow

“Sophia is a Greek derivative meaning ‘divine wisdom.’”The Cold FactsOn October 23, 1918, at 10:10 p.m., over three hours later than scheduled, the CPR vessel S.S. Princess Sophia (So-PHY-Ya) piloted by Captain...

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Batten down the hatches

I feel tumbled up against the advance of winter. All summer, the sun pulled me on with the force of a tearaway sled dog and, when the days shortened into fall, it was as if she slowed suddenly to sniff out a piece of news and I...

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Let be whatever may befall

To be, or not to be.For advocates of plain writing, Shakespeare’s most famous monologue is a touchstone.Its opening sentence consists of nine one-syllable words in a row, followed by one containing just two (depending on whether...

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