“The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subjected people to carry arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subjected peoples to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing. Indeed, I would go so far as to say that the underdog is a sine qua non for the overthrow of any sovereignty. So let’s not have any native militia or police.”
– Adolph Hitler, Edict of March 18, 1938
Knowing when less is more – and when it is not – is more important for consistent success in participatory outdoor photography than in traditional journalistic or documentary coverage. When an artist is actively involved in an interpretive experience, whether it be climbing Everest or walking through a field, too much equipment interrupts the flow of emotional response that is the human element communicated in the best nature photography. Yes, little things do mean a lot.
Galen Rowell’s Inner Game of Outdoor Photography (2001), p. 89
1. Instead of starting a sentence with “there are” or “there is”, start it with the subject.
In most cases, simply sweep the expletive away and begin with a subject, as in revision of “There are other steps a company can take before an economic downturn to protect against its impact” to “A company can take other steps before an economic downturn to protect against its impact.”
2. Turn adjectival phrases into adverbs
Adjectival phrases are common in business jargon: on a daily basis; in a timely manner.
Replace with daily and promptly. The meaning is the same.
3. Refrain from using adjectives
These often bring no new meaning to the sentence.
We are currently accepting applications
we are accepting applications.
These shirts come in seven different colors
These shirts come in seven colors
From “3 Easy Ways to Write More Concisely”
By Mark Nichol
Sometimes it’s only in a dream that we glimpse a plausible solution. Perhaps because reason is fearful; it can’t fill in the gaps and achieve completeness, which is a form of simplicity; it prefers complexity, with all its gaps, and so the will entrusts the solution to dreams.
Antonio Tabucchi: A Riddle
II Corinthians 13: 1: “In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.”
A few days ago, I was hitchhiking out of Mountain Home, Idaho and I got a ride with a guy all the way to the intersection just south of Bellevue. He told me that the Lord told him to move out of California ten years ago. He now lives with his family in Idaho Falls.
The next ride going north, this guy said that the Lord told him to pick me up; he gave me a ride to Hailey. He told me that he used to live and work in San Diego and had planned on retiring there with his wife. But then his wife began to have these dreams. In the dreams, she saw these Chinese soldiers attacking people in the United States (California?). So he and his wife left California a year ago and now live in Hailey. I asked him if the Chinese soldiers in his wife’s dreams were part of an invasion force. He said, no, that the Chinese soldiers were already here in the United States.
More at High Plains Drifter blog.