Author Steve Laube

Fun Friday – March 12, 2021

Today’s Fun Friday asks you to write in the comment section!
(Gasp! Writers have to write? The horror!)

Dan Balow found a fascinating article about the 1891 census in the United Kingdom published in Spectator magazine. What made it fun were some of the unusual occupations given by those who were counted.

Stick polisher, owler, clod hopper, cowleech, slubber doffer, lum swooper, potato badger, and more! (Also listed was devil.) In case you were wondering, a “lum swooper” was a chimney sweep.

This made me want to ask all our readers, “What was your first job, other than doing chores around the house, for which you got paid?” or What is the most unusual job or job title you’ve had?” Please post your answer in the comment section below. FUN!

My first paid job was envelope stuffer at my dad’s office for a week. $1.80 an hour. Sat there with a half dozen others and stuffed envelopes all day. I thought I was rich!

Bored, but rich.

The next time you are able to gather with friends or acquaintances, use this question as an icebreaker.

Once you’ve answered, come back later and read the other entries. I’ll bet we’ll find that everyone has done something other than being a successful writer in their lifetime!

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Proofreading: Tips and Tricks

[Since today, March 8th, is National Proofreading Day I thought I would re-post this article from a few years ago, with some revisions. I’ve left the comments attached below since so many were illustrative. Please add new thoughts as well.] I have regularly displayed my lack of proofreading skills in …

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Fun Fridays – March 5, 2021

Your mobile phone is a pocket full of sound if you want it to be. Today’s series of videos is an acapella group, MayTree, which recreates the sound that emanates from your mechanical device, using their voices. Amazing. And clever! Video one is for iPhone users.Vidoe two (brand new last …

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Book of the Month – March 2021

I like to occasionally recommend a book on the writing life. Art + Faith by Makoto Fujimura (Yale University Press) is one you might enjoy. The author is a well-known painter and frequently speaks and writes on the intersection of art and faith. In 2009 Crossway publishing commissioned him to …

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Fun Fridays – February 26, 2021

Virtuoso is almost too easy of a word to describe the artist in today’s video. Alexandr Hrustevich + Vivaldi + ACCORDIAN??? You will have one of two reactions to this genius in relation to your own talent: (1) Aspire to greatness. (2) Crawl under a blanket and ponder your existence. …

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Fun Fridays – February 19, 2021

When it comes to singing, I’m a bass. When listening to music, I’ll often pick out the bass line and sing along. With today’s video, I could keep up for the first couple of verses; and then Geoff Castellucci sank lower than thought humanly possible with his voice and made …

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President’s Day – 2021

Today is President’s Day in the U.S. Originally established in 1885 as a recognition of George Washington’s birthday (February 22), it was later expanded to include Abraham Lincoln (February 12) and all other U.S. presidents. Over the centuries, there have been some amusing statements by various U.S. presidents. In honor …

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Fun Fridays – February 12, 2021

I claim no originality. Nor do I claim responsibility for any groans, hiccups, or spitting of coffee. Enjoy! Twenty Corny Word Puns to Brighten Your Day When is a door not really a door? When it’s really ajar. How do you organize an astronomer’s party? You planet. What do you …

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What Entered the Public Domain This Year?

In the United States, under U.S. copyright law, works published in 1925 and earlier are now in public domain. One can publish them or use them without securing copyright permission. In case you are wondering about the specifics, the Copyright Term Extension Act (passed in 1998) gave works published from …

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