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January 13, 2009


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Dear Noad, I saw that it was difficult for you to bend your limbs and did not know the medical cause or family lineage. But I noticed you say "shall" and "will" every time there's a lull int he conversation, so this family has not died out! And we want to hear more about it.

Hey Laura, I could sure use cousin Algy now. For the past two years I've been working on a style manual for my office where crimes against the language are rife. I do love slang though, evidence that the language is living. Amy Gerstler has a poem that's almost entirely in the slang of the '30s. It's hilarious.

Aaahhh... "shall"! I love the familial rivalry between it and its cousin "will." "Yea, though I walk through the valley of death, I shall not want..." is an inestimably more beautiful statement of faith than if it had been "will not want."
And Grace Cavalieri has no experience of lulls in conversation, because she doesn't allow any. Therefore, nobody should believe what she says about you.

Dear Poets, Marua is my best friend so take her words with love.

I meant MARIA is/shall be my best friend and WILL/does only say loving of me,

Blogs are good for every one where we get lots of information for any topics nice job keep it up !!!

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"After You've Gone"
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of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

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