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Dear Blog Followers

Dear Blog Followers,

Over the last few months I have struggled to keep this blog going and have more or less failed.  Part of the reason is my dedication to sticking to the format.  I have plenty of things that I would like to write, but writing them in letter format seems to limit what I can say to an extent.  I have felt at times that this format even cheapens some serious thoughts I have.  So, I’m going to be freeing myself up a bit on this blog.

I will still write letters occasionally. But, in addition to that, I’d like to be free to write in whatever fashion I feel fits the thoughts and topics I wish to write about.  So, there will be non-letter posts, too.  Usually, I would just start a new blog with a different name, but I don’t want to abandon this one altogether.  Besides, I do plan to write with the upmost sincerity, so I feel the title is still appropriate. 

I hope you all enjoy what is to come.  It will be varied in subject matter as I have Opinions and Thoughts on a Great Many Topics.  But, hopefully my writing ability will continually improve and be increasingly enjoyable as time goes on.

Thanks for all of the years of reading! And please stick around!

Sincerely,

Chelsea

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Dear Users of Nouns, Pronouns and Verbs

Dear Users of Nouns, Pronouns and Verbs,

I would like to make the bold request that you be more precise when speaking/singing/writing.  Using ambiguous nouns and verbs makes it difficult for the reader to decipher what you intend to communicate.  Ambiguity can also result in entrapment or even death, as this letter will no doubt prove.

My first example is something that happened to me today.  I was exploring my school campus, looking for a place to read alone, when I found a really great balcony.  The door leading to the balcony had several signs on it, and I read each one.  Scrawled in some messy penmanship on one of the signs was the statement:

Door will lock after closing.

I thought about this for a moment.  Did the author intend to communicate that the door would lock after the building closed or after the door closed? I went with the former, assuming that, had the writer meant the latter, they would have written something like, “Door will lock when it closes,” or “This door locks from the outside,” or even “Prop the door open by any means if you don’t want to be stuck on a balcony for the rest of your life.”

I soon discovered my mistake and was forced to call a school admin to let me back in the building.  This incident could have been avoided if the wording on the sign had been more specific.

The next example is a very serious one indeed.  You may be familiar with the band The Postal Service.  The opening line of their song “Clark Gable” is:

I was waiting for a cross-town train in the London Underground
When it struck me

What struck you, Postal Service Lead Singer Guy? To what does this “it” refer? Because, to be honest, every time I hear this song, I imagine you standing on the rails, waiting and thinking deep thoughts.  And then I imagine an underground train rushing out of nowhere, hitting, and killing you. (As a side note, I do realize that that intention of the writer is clarified one line later.  However, as a result of the construction of the song, I still feel that the pronoun used here is ambiguous.)

These examples clearly illustrate just how important it is to use clear language.  If you don’t, you may end up in serious danger…or, at least, the subjects of whatever you’re writing, may end up in serious danger.  Either way, it’s something to pay close attention to.

I hope that this letter persuades you to be more careful and specific in your word usage.

Sincerely,

Chelsea


Dear People Who Read My Blog for Some Reason

Dear People Who Read My Blog for Some Reason,

I am terribly sorry that I haven’t been posting as often as I used to.  I have been a bit busy, but that’s not really the reason I haven’t written.  I just haven’t had many letters to write.  I would love to have a wonderful excuse for why this lack of inspiration occurred, but I honestly just think that I haven’t been taking the time to stop and notice what’s going on around me.

I do plan on changing this fact.  Strangely enough, a movie I saw today inspired me to attempt to appreciate what’s happening around me in the world.  I do believe the Lord has me in the place that I’m in for a reason, and I would like to stop just trying to get by and start enjoying what’s going on in my life.  I don’t want to rush through life without taking the time to relish in the relishable things, and I don’t want to complain about or treat with contempt the life that God has for me.

I will definitely take more time to stop and appreciate what is going on around me.  I also wish to take the time to praise the Lord for the place He has me in right now.  He is good, and His good plan is deserving of glory.

I hope that, with my paying greater attention to life around me, I will have more letters to write shortly.

Thank you so much for reading.

Sincerely,

Chelsea