The essay, which follows is an opinion piece that was written for The Globe and Mail. The style is therefore journalistic but aimed at a fairly sophisticated readership. Paragraphs are short, as is normal in a newspaper with its narrow columns, and the tone is more conversational than would be appropriate for a formal essay. Notice the clear statement of the thesis, the concrete illustrations in the body of the essay, and the way the conclusion leads to a more general statement of what is perhaps to come in the future. It is included here both because it is a good example of the essay form and because it explores the kind of problem you will come up against as you try to punctuate your essays correctly.
Their eleven-month cruise begins one stormy February morning in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and nearly ends three days later in Cocoa where they begin the task of nursing their “magic carpet” back to health after serious problems were discovered. Three weeks and thousands of dollars later, they were back on the water where their adventure became a litany of humorous mishaps and heart-warming episodes.
Written by three of the preeminent writers and leaders of the men's movement, this daily guide to self-discovery offers 365 powerful meditations, each with an opening quotation and an accompanying thought for the day.
Have you ever woken up tired and clueless on how you ended up almost forty? Darcie Cameron has and is on a spiritual quest to make the most out of her life. The Misadventures of a Granola Junkie is a humorous outlook on her life as she attempts to find her way through a myriad of self-help, spiritual, and fitness advice.Join her on her journey as she attempts staggering feats of giving up coffee for a 21 day cleanse, setting intentions to make a million dollars off of this column, and the art of not so quiet meditation.Life is always an adventure and Darcie is bound to find it! Even when she is falling off her yoga matt, knocking over her water bottle, and landing hard on her ass. This column is all about the bruises and bumps with everything in between while trying to master the good life.
After years of cruising and using various commercially available logbooks, none of which were quite right, we have created a format that works for us. We trust that it will work for you, too.
This logbook contains only the essentials – a departure from other books that include superfluous education that we/you may have already mastered, navigation information readily available in other books and numerous columns for recording infinite minutia.
Insert your boat’s name (or your name) in the box on the front cover and fill out the information about your boat on the inside front cover. If you don’t want our name on the front of your logbook, cover it with one of your boat cards or a photo of your boat. List your cruises chronologically on the Cruises page near the beginning of the book. The pages aren’t numbered but you can number them if you like, or when looking for the log of a particular cruise, find it by the date. If you charter boats, go on cruise ships, or cruise aboard friends’ boats, this logbook is small enough to fit in your luggage so you can record events and information about those cruises as well.
They want dark speculative fiction that features one or more of the lesser-known, but established cryptids (an animal or creature whose existence or survival is disputed or unsubstantiated, like Bigfoot, or Nessie). They will accept only one story per cryptid. Authors must put their own spin on the creature, to make them terrifying, sympathetic or humorous, but shouldn’t create a new creature. This is a charity anthology to raise money for the canine rescue organization, Last Day Dog Rescue.
Deadline: 31 August 2017, or until filled
Word count: Up to 6,000
The thought of performing anything in front of a crowd always seemed to be something that, how can I say it, levelled my conscience to that of a small school child on his first day at school.
This is the definitive book that popularized the movement of cruising America’s Great Loop. First published in 1999, it is the story of a couple who encounter each other and a quirky boat as they discover America from the water's edge. Their nautical ineptitude is evident from the beginning, but pulling from their personal and collective strengths, Ron and Eva overcome doubt, a lack of experience and real and imagined horrors. The odyssey is told the way life hands out its portions--sometimes humorously, sometimes tragically, but always memorably.
Kaye Curren has written her first book, . In these selected humorous and heartfelt essays, Ms. Curren relates what it’s been like to be a woman living, growing and surviving in America in the latter half of the twentieth century and beyond. From childhood in sunny California to retirement in snowy Michigan, Ms. Curren has survived depression, divorce, failed opportunities and financial insecurity — and has lived to laugh about them. She delights in writing humor essays, human interest stories and memoir. Find her many musings on her website/blog at .
Humorist Danielle Schaaf has published her second book, . It’s described as “an entertaining and informative look at Catholicism that will have readers, Catholic or not, snorting holy water out of their noses.” In 2006, she co-authored with Michael Prendergast. She is the creator of Haute Flash Contessa humor columns and comedy shows.
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Parenthood. A difficult journey, of which there are many maps available to guide you down various paths. The hard part, however, is finding the right one to use. My path involves a lot of humor. And coffee. Parenthood: How Coffee Keeps Me Out of Jail details a hilariously raw view on how I am surviving my journey of being a stay-at-home dad. The reason for this odyssey is my adorable little son, who at times can also be a terrifying leprechaun. Series ingredients: Stay-at-home dad, humor, sarcasm, and real-life. No sugarcoating used. WARNING: Manufactured in a place that processes nuts.
“Here’s the perfect gift book for your friends who always wanted to get a boat. Ron and Eva Stob write honestly and humorously of their nautical ineptitude and the long trail they take to becoming able boaters. Their story is filled with vital travel information, touching and often funny anecdotes, and insightful observations of the brave new cruising world into which they’ve launched. It’s a masterfully written tale that every first-time cruiser would appreciate.”