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Passive and Active voices

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 16. 1 Reply

Have you noticed that much of the discussion in families and with friends, in the print media, on TV, and now on the internet is in the Passive Voice? Many people whine, complain, gripe, accuse, blame, call names, ridicule, grumble, bitch, rebuke,…Continue

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Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 10. 7 Replies

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Comment by sk8eycat on December 19, 2012 at 4:39pm

Hey, y'all!  I'm not leaving YET!  I'll be right here till some time Saturday afternoon.  I just wanted to give you advance notice that you won't be hearing from me for a couple of weeks, and that it's nothing purr-sonal.

I am a little busy, doing laundry and trying to figure out how much I can squeeze into my smallest "wheelie" suitcase.  I always do this, and then end up only using about half of what I've packed.

As I said before, Sue doesn't have a computer, BUT she has more books than I do (and that's saying something), so I think I'll reread my way through her Tony Hillerman and Dick Francis collections.  (I miss both those men SO much!)

I will be snooping in here as much as I can before I leave. I've "disconected" myself from all my other AN groups for the time being; I just couldn't keep up with all of them.

Now I have to e-mail all my friends who aren't AN members, and and ask them to PLEASE not fill up my in-box while I'm gone.  A couple of them keep lists that forward stuff automatically to everyone they have addys for...gets to be a bit much after a while.  I "tailor" the joke and photo emails I send out to people I know will enjoy them.  Not everyone laughs at the same things.  Not even Kitteh-pics.  Of course.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 19, 2012 at 3:53pm

Thanks Joan.  Going to save that quote.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 19, 2012 at 3:39pm

Thanks to Madhukar:

"Oh these foolish men! They could not create so much as a worm, but they create gods by the dozens."

Michel de Montaigne

"Montaigne is a great French Renaissance thinker who took himself as the great object of study in his Essays. In studying himself Montaigne is studying mankind. He attempted to weigh or 'assay' his nature, habits, his own opinions and those of others. He is searching for truth by reflecting on his readings, his travels as well as his experiences both public and private."


Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 19, 2012 at 11:20am

Sk8eycat, I'll miss you while you're disconnected from us.  While you're house sitting, I hope you don't get into trouble like in the movie Home Alone.  Steak and asparagus?  That's sound REALLY delicious.  What was that address again?  And any liquor store will have splits of sparkling wine.  Make sure you stock up to make it through the duration.  A Merry Solstice to you!  --Carl

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 19, 2012 at 10:09am

Love your food jokes Felaine.  I'm not going to stuff myself either, but sure would like to, especially with potatoes and gravy.

LOL Lillie. Good idea, but I don't think I'm that ambitious.

Oodles of squirrels in Pocatello.  Not as cheeky as the ones in London park, but they do love to torture dogs & cats.  One day I saw one messing with a cat on a telephone pole.  The cat finally reached the top of the pole and watched as the squirrel pranced down the wires.

Comment by Steph S. on December 19, 2012 at 8:29am
Lillie that's so funny! I'm laughing!
Booklover cute squirrel and cake pic!
Tony I enjoyed your squirrel story, very amusing.
Comment by Lillie on December 19, 2012 at 8:25am

It was a lot of work but I finally got the tree up.  Love the smell of pine.

Comment by Steph S. on December 19, 2012 at 7:38am

Comment by Plinius on December 19, 2012 at 3:07am

You'll have good company then, Sk8eycat, the rest is not really important. Have a good time and see you next year!

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 19, 2012 at 1:25am
sk8eycat, my desire for you this Winter Solstice, is that you relax, enjoy, have good experiences with the nice fat cat, have perfectly grilled steaks with asparagus (yum), and all intruders stay away. Looking forward to reading your very funny posts next year.

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