Another celebrated service station

Grand Tour 5: A Thousand Tiny Attractions

This entry is part 5 of 22 in the series Grand Tour

May 3, 2018. Springfield Missouri to Tulsa Oklahoma Themes of the day are ugly English tourists, underwhelming attractions, and decent ice cream. A storm system passes overnight and it continues raining for most of the morning. The day’s planned route is not terribly long so we make a leisurely morning and hope for the weather …

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Military Flags decorating the Elbow Inn

Grand Tour 4: Memorializing Corporals, not Generals

This entry is part 4 of 22 in the series Grand Tour

May 2, 2018. St. Louis to Springfield MO We head out of St. Louis toward Springfield, Missouri on a route that takes us through the Ozarks.  Themes for the  day: thousands of tiny attractions, bridges that memorialize corporals rather than generals, and wonky navigation units. The Garmin, which served us so well in Chicago, decides …

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Henry's Rabbit Ranch

Grand Tour 3: The Road as a Museum to Ordinary Eccentricity

This entry is part 3 of 22 in the series Grand Tour

Monday, April 30, 2018 Springfield to St Louis I resume the long-delayed transcribing of my Grand Tour travel diary in the midst of a pandemic which has meant, among other inconveniences, that I am at home on my laptop instead of somewhere in Utah, as originally planned for this October. Some say that the purpose …

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Archer with bow and arrow

Terms of the Trade: Active and Passive Voice

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Terms of the Trade

One should always prefer the active voice over the passive, they tell us. Baloney. Active and passive are technical grammatical terms that have nothing to do with how active or passive your writing is. The distinction between the two forms actually has to do with whether the focus of your statement is the actor or …

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Grand Tour 2: The Lincoln Museum as Shrine and Reliquary

This entry is part 2 of 22 in the series Grand Tour

This post originally appeared on my other blog, Every Page is Page One. The series on our Grand Tour will continue here. Monday, April 30, 2018, Bloomington to Springfield, Il. The second day of our Grand Tour, Monday, April 30, 2018, covered only 100 km from Bloomington to Springfield Illinois. The day was really about …

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