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  1. The Master's Responsibility to the Apprentice

    In the world of the trades, the master usually lets the apprentice know, right off the bat, if he has the required facility to become a journeyman in the discipline. In a matter of a few weeks, as he carefully observes the young man’s diligence, attention to detail, neatness, etc., he makes this judgment. He does this even before he lets the apprentice pick up a tool. Much information can be gleaned from the view of the way a first year apprentice tile setter fetches water, organizes a work space ...
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  2. Note-takers Nostalgia



    When I was a boy, people thought differently than they do today. I believe they were more inquisitive and discerning, never tending to accept things at face value; looking for underlying meanings and truths in what was read or spoken. They tended to shun rumor-mongerers and take that ‘information’ with a healthy dose of salt.


    These days, I find people very accepting of their sources, printed or otherwise, without ever inquiring into reliability or bias of said source. ...
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  3. Note to All Aspiring Writers of Horror Fiction




    To Write Well, be Well-read

    Many years ago, the sentiment contained in the title would have gone without saying. These days, I believe it is necessary to say it loud and clear: put down the mass market trash and pick up something worthwhile. Writers who are fortunate enough to scratch out a living from doing what they love make time to read and certainly choose that which is relevant to their work. For those of us as yet less lucky, our time is even more ...
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