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Apr
24
Frank Ball
Falling Flat
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Some of us have fallen flat on our face before. What do we do? As writers, after receiving a rejection letter, a bad review, or no encouragement at all, we can quit.
  The wonderful thing about knowing we can’t win is not having to try. But if we believe that God will somehow use our talents for good, that just the chance to change one life makes the sacrifice worthwhile, we must get up and keep running.
  Only the finish line will tell how well we did.

Apr
17
Frank Ball
The Not-so-Simple Laugh
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We can laugh when we’re happy and laugh when we’re sad. We can laugh flippantly, seriously, or or simply because others in the room are laughing. Our laughs may be deep and throaty or light and shrill.
  The number of laugh types and their meanings are unlimited, yet many writers lazily write: He laughed. Little is gained by checking the thesaurus and using a synonym like chuckled, giggled, or guffawed.
  Readers will appreciate us if we show the action, expression, and sound of laughter so they have a picture of what that particular laugh was like.
  Here are a few pictures you might appreciate:

Apr
10
Frank Ball
Making Healthful Music
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You may have heard there’s more than one way to skin a cat. There’s more than one way to make music as well, and the strangest materials may be used to make musical instruments.
  Australian musician Linsey Pollak has worked as an instrument maker for forty years, designing many new wind instruments, not the least of which is this exciting product that you can manufacture at home.
  It gives a whole new meaning to a child “playing with his vegetables” at the dinner table.

Apr
3
Frank Ball
Daffynitions
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When kids learn English, they aren’t always clear on the meaning of words. Does a sign lettered Off-ice refer to a room near the ice house? As adults, we can appreciate the connection of familiar words to unexpected meanings.

Frank has a large collection of such words, and he’s constantly adding more. Here are a few of his own making, which he posted recently to the website:

  • Polaroids — What Arctic bears get from sitting on ice too long
  • Liability — Unique talent in using deceptive words
  • Game Crossing — Going directly to jail, not allowed to pass “Go” and collect $200.00
  • Thesaurus — A large word-eating dinosaur
  • Apologetics — The ongoing need to say we’re sorry
  • Correction Facility — Where journalism students learn to do editing
  • Moving Violation — Leaving without paying rent

To read more of the collection, Click Here
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Mar
27
Frank Ball
Shadows
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Lindsey Stirling isn’t even thirty years old, yet she has developed a phenomenal talent. We can be sure this happened because she practiced her craft and continues to practice more than what most people are willing to do.
  Talent is overrated. The practice is what really counts. That’s true for musicians, and it’s also true for writers.

Mar
20
Frank Ball
Every Life Has a Story
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Behind the façade of looking well, people are struggling, wondering what will happen next.
  This video was created to help Chick-fil-A employees be understanding, to treat their customers with kindness. If we had the kind of X-ray vision to see the conflicts, dilemmas, and mysteries behind the facial expressions, we’d never lack for something to write about.

Mar
13
Frank Ball
English Is Crazy
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English is one of the easiest languages to learn to speak, because it’s so broad and flexible, a mix of words derived from many languages. But learning to write it? Now that’s another matter.
  We park in driveways and drive on parkways. Boxing rings are square. We recite at a play but play at a recital. Forms are filled out by filling the blanks in. How confusing.

Mar
6
Frank Ball
How Do I Say Thanks?
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A GPS gives people directions, but how would they react if a machine recognized them and gave them something they would really appreciate?
  Instead of an Automated Teller Machine, TC Canada made a different kind of ATM, an Automatic Thank-you Machine.

Feb
27
Frank Ball
The Bookbook
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The apostle Paul wrote Timothy, asking him to bring the books and parchments when he came. Back then, all books were handwritten. About four hundred years later, Gutenberg invented the printing press. Now we can we can store hundreds of books on our our electronic tablets and readers.
  We’ve advanced so much in recent years, we might gain fresh appreciation of the ancient technology.

Feb
20
Frank Ball
God Bless You
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Not everybody knows how to feel blessed by stopping at a fast-food restaurant. Tim Hawkins has a delightful way to show us how to be thankful for such small things.