In Regard to the Comma

September 16, 2020

The thing about punctuation is that, more often than not, it's taken for granted. Ignored entirely, which is disappointing, or so overused, it completely distracts the reader and quickly alters its tone of the article or chapter of a story. For example, as you read through this blog, chances are you're assuming that the punctuation is correct. That the commas will cause you to pause, and breathe the question mark will increase the inflection in your voice at the end of the sentence, and the colon will bring you to a dead stop and then inform you of groundbreaking fanfare and essential facts! We snuck in that exclamation point to keep the excitement rolling! For perfect punctuation every time, why not purchase a subscription to Grammarly.

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Plan a Getaway

September 16, 2020

Enterprise can help. And all you have to do is make a reservation. Enterprise takes care of the rest. And they’ll even come and pick you up! With a fleet that includes 1.7 million vehicles, a COVID-19 safety plan to ensure the vehicle you reserve is thoroughly cleaned, sanitized, and passes their rigorous cleaning protocols before an Enterprise agent hands you the keys. Enterprise networks with 85 airports worldwide and guarantees to find you the best vehicle at the best rate, no matter where your destination.

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Just Go.

September 16, 2020

I found a stack of old vacation photos recently. As I looked through them, I reminisced on my international travel adventures as a boy in the 70s & 80s. A magical kind of romance popularized air travel forty years ago. The feeling I'd get walking through an airport was the stuff of paparazzi hype and movie star legend fanfare. Everybody dressed to the nines and showed out at the airport. Long leisurely lunches were followed by friends and family, seeing people off or welcoming them home right at the gate. Since the long collapsible jetway ramps were in short supply and only serviced the luxuriously sexy 747s, most flights boarded on the tarmac. Passengers would be escorted through a set of double doors and walked to a large rolling staircase, set flush against the open fuselage door.

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The Truth is Essential

September 16, 2020

The font is at once recognizable. The name is synonymous with excellent reporting. 1,700 journalists are guided by a mission “to seek the truth and help people understand the world.” Over 6.5 million subscribers trust this new publication awarded 130 Pulitzers prizes - in 2020, receiving three for International Reporting, Investigative Reporting, and Commentary. More people logged on or picked up a hard copy to follow and trust news, reports, and analysis of COVID-19 than any other new source. Because the most trusted news source in print today is The New York Times.

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Picture Your Memories

September 16, 2020

It's for sure that at one point (or two) during the COVID-19 pandemic that you've come to realize how much more time you have on your hands. Along with that realization, you've possibly felt frustrated, maybe anxious, certainly bewildered. The immeasurable amount of downtime has interrupted your daily routine and sent you on a crash course straight towards boredom. Perhaps you've cheered yourself up, and lightened your mood by investing your time in a new hobby, picking up a guitar, writing poetry, starting a journal, or tackling the daily crossword puzzle.

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Are YOU a Motivator?

September 16, 2020

Do you encourage others to get involved? Do you like to inspire people? Challenge people to be better, and think deeper about themselves and their potential? And do you celebrate and show appreciation towards people for their accomplishments? If you’re able to give selflessly, take pride in helping others succeed, and enjoy the rush of positive energy you get by helping others in return, then YOU are a motivator.

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The Place We Call Home

September 9, 2020

There was no place like home other than Kansas for Dorothy Gale. Bilbo settled down in Bags End. Harry Potter lived at 4 Privet Drive. For Laura Ingalls, it was a little house, on a Prairie. The Robinson clan lived in a treehouse. Holmes & Watson solved mysteries from Baker Street. And suppose you're one of the millions of fans of Downton Abbey. Then you are fascinated with the majestic and endless maze of the Highclere Castle and sprawling grounds, as much as exploring the intertwined lives of the Crawley family and their domestic servants. Even Dracula had a home, well, more of a coffin-in-a-castle "home."

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You Look Good!

September 9, 2020

Form over function. Influential phenomenon. Obsession with the trivial. There are many ways to describe the fashion universe. The fashion industry has been called outlandish, vacuous, maudlin, manipulative, diva-inspired, comical, expensive, and head-turning. One fashion critic once called it a Clown Cosmos.

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Make Car Buying Fun!

September 9, 2020

Celebrate and take to heart the words of famous racecar driver and automobile designer, Enzo Ferrari. He lived by a "what's behind you doesn't matter" kind of mantra. It's a terrific metaphor and sound advice. If you're dreading heading to the car lot, a pushy sales pitch, hours in the lobby; waiting for "the offer," or searching dead-endlessly online for a new car, rest assured, you can put all those days wandering aimlessly and all the old ways of car shopping behind you.

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