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    Great story, DATo. It was a distinct pleasure to...

    Great story, DATo. It was a distinct pleasure to read, especially when compared to most of the postings here - very well organized and written. While I've done a lot of reading, I don't remember...
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    Retracing Marco Polo's Footsteps Part 5 After...

    Retracing Marco Polo's Footsteps
    Part 5

    After spending just one year with his family in Venice upon returning from his 24-year journey to the Orient, Marco went off to war for his home...
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    Maybe I'm not as observant as other readers, but...

    Maybe I'm not as observant as other readers, but I can't remember any instances of brilliant writing that was riddled with mistakes in spelling and grammar. It's always a big turnoff, at least to me,...
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    Thanks for clearing up the issue of where...

    Thanks for clearing up the issue of where Diveagar is. Remember that things like this aren't obvious to readers all over the world, who aren't familiar with your backyard.

    Here's a brief sample...
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    Yes, Auntie, that's much better.

    Yes, Auntie, that's much better.
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    Is this story about the Diveagar in Italy's...

    Is this story about the Diveagar in Italy's Tuscany or the one in France's Bourdeaux?

    There are lots of places that require the word the, but it is omitted. There are too many occurrences to list...
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    Hi Auntie, Since I guessed correctly before...

    Hi Auntie,

    Since I guessed correctly before reaching the third paragraph that the best known word you were talking about was OK, I was interested in the background of all this. I was a little...
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    This is great, Auntie. I thought for a moment I...

    This is great, Auntie. I thought for a moment I had identified an additional one that you left out. But on re-reading your excellent piece, I found that you actually had that one too! I don't think...
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    Geez, Calidore, I never thought of that. Thanks...

    Geez, Calidore, I never thought of that. Thanks for the heads-up. I guess I’ll need some protective measures just in case she opens fire when I’m trying to make my approach. I checked out Amazon.com...
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    It is with mixed emotions that I see that the Sochi Winter Olympics of 2014 have now come to an end. It’s been an exhilarating experience, so I’m sorry to see the games close. At the same time, I...
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    Retracing Marco Polo's Footsteps Part 4 I...

    Retracing Marco Polo's Footsteps
    Part 4

    I must apologize for the long gap between Parts 3 and 4 – but I’ve been spending most of my time learning to use my iPhone to take pictures of my...
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    You not only have to write for many years, you...

    You not only have to write for many years, you also have to read so you can see what techniques used by other writers are most effective. I doubt that either writing or reading, by itself, would be...
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    This is very creative and entertaining - nice...

    This is very creative and entertaining - nice job.

    You should put a blank line between paragraphs. On computer screens, cramped text is hard to read.
  14. There are one or two novels on World War I and...

    There are one or two novels on World War I and World War II - maybe even more. Check your library.
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    Where Are We Going?

    A few years ago, activities were thriving all over the place – bridge and chess clubs, places for all kinds of dancing, needlecraft groups, stamp and coin collecting. Lots of people were involved in...
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    Yes, I think an outline is essential in constructing a story of significant length and complexity. An outline, or even a simple summary, provides the best way to maintain the writer’s overall view of...
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    Retracing Marco Polo's Footsteps Part 3 The...

    Retracing Marco Polo's Footsteps
    Part 3

    The 17-year old youngster Marco Polo set out on his voyage to the Orient in 1271, along with his father NiccolÚ and his uncle Maffeo. While it was Marco’s...
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    Retracing Marco Poloís Footsteps
    Part 2

    The Grand Canal is about 2.4 miles in length, and on its banks are 170 structures dating from the thirteenth to the eighteenth centures, so some of them...
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    Retracing Marco Polo’s Footsteps
    Part 1

    Way back in my early days, I read the fascinating story of Marco Polo’s explorations to the Orient in the thirteenth century. This story stuck with me, and...
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    Visiting India's Sunny Clime Part 9 My...

    Visiting India's Sunny Clime
    Part 9

    My sincere apologies for the long delay between Parts 8 and 9 – I have been doing several other things of late, things that have distracted me from continuing...
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    Visiting India's Sunny Clime Part 8 When my...

    Visiting India's Sunny Clime
    Part 8

    When my travel agent told me Chennai was on my itinerary I was somewhat surprised, as I had never even heard of this place. While I had never been to India...
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    I'm a male, and just finished Pride and...

    I'm a male, and just finished Pride and Prejudice, my first Austen novel. I'm now eagerly looking forward to completing the whole set of her works. What I liked best were the well-worded quotations...
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    Visiting India's Sunny Clime Part 7 Prior to...

    Visiting India's Sunny Clime
    Part 7

    Prior to my arrival in Bangalore, the only thing I knew about anything with this name was from the Bangalore Torpedo, which is an explosive weapon used to...
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    What does that mean? How can one be mutual?

    What does that mean? How can one be mutual?
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    Nice and thorough critique, hillwalker. You...

    Nice and thorough critique, hillwalker. You always put more work into your suggestions than the writer whom you're advising does in putting together his/her essay in the first place.
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