August 29

Birthdays: Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809), Preston Sturges (1898), Karen Hesse (1952), Gillian Rubinstein (1942), Maurice Maeterlinck (1862), Thom Gunn (1929), Anna Ella Carroll (1815), Sue Harrison (1950)

Tip: Like vs. as if – everyone overuses “like” but in a lot of cases, it can be changed to a different word. For instance: He looked at her like she was a drink of water and he was dying of thirst. (In this case, like can be changed to ‘as if’: he looked at her as if she…)

Thought for the day: “Deep feeling doesn’t make for good poetry. A way with language would be a bit of help.” – Thom Gunn

Jumpstart: She settled the mask over her face. “Are you ready for this?” He nodded and put on his mask as well…

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