August 18

Birthdays: Paula Danziger (1944), Brian Pinkney (1961), Sonia Levitin (1934), Nicole Krauss (1974), A.A. Milne (1882), Robert Anton Wilson (1932), William Sansom (1912)

Tip: Which witch is which? They’re over there with their parents. To be, or two bee—which is the right question? Homonyms trip up more writers than any other words. The most common mix-ups are usually those dealing with apostrophes, especially it’s vs. its and they’re/their/there. And you can’t rely on a spell check program to find these errors for you. They aren’t spelled incorrectly—but they are often used incorrectly. Have someone who knows the difference check your work.

Thought for the day: “A writer wants something more than money for his work: he wants permanence.” – A.A. Milne

Jumpstart: They say that time heals all wounds, but years have passed since that day, and I still feel…

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