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  • The Genius of Shakespeare

    The Genius of Shakespeare

    Monday, July 24, 5 - 6:30pm
     
    Dr. Steve Zinkgraf, Ph.D., in cooperation with the EmilyAnn Theatre, looks at how Shakespeare is still influencing us today and look to him for guidance as we think about the importance of words in
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  • Tall Tale Storyteller - Donna Ingham

    Tall Tale Storyteller - Donna Ingham

    Monday, August 14, 6:30 - 7:30pm
     
    Humorist Donna Ingham is a bred-and-born Texan who gives a Texas twist to the art of storytelling.  Her tall tales are told as only a Texan could - or would.  She has been named The
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    DocNight: A Man Named Pearl

    Tues., Aug.1, 6:45pm
    When Pearl Fryar and his wife sought to buy a house in an all-white neighborhood of Bishopville, SC, they were dissuaded with the explanation that Black people don't keep up their yards.  Remarkably, instead of fueling bitterness
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About 30 years ago, I produced a piece for a television magazine program about the decline in the use of apostrophes in signs around the Amarillo area. (I was a TV reporter in Amarillo at the time.)

The problem was so widespread I had no trouble finding examples of confusion caused by the lack of these little devices.

Of course, nothing changed.

And nothing will change, according to two reports this week, one in "The Wall Street Journal" and the other posted at The Atlantic Wire by Jen Doll.

See, something called The Domestic Names Committee of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names is in charge of assessing proper names of things like mountains and villages and historic sites around the country, and the board hates apostrophes. I don't know why.

I like apostrophes because I think they make things clearer at a small cost.

But, clarity just isn't that important any more -- especially in a world that texts and tweets everything, adopting acronyms and shortcuts for every word and phrase.

About which all one can do is rail until one is hoarse.

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