Avoid Exclamation Points! Or Not?

Avoid Exclamation Points! Or Not?

Want to start an argument with a group of grammarians? Just bring up the subject of exclamation points, and the verbal sparring will begin. SOCK!! WHAM!! POW!! Grammar purists and most writers argue for self-restraint. Mark Twain, in an 1895 essay on writing funny...
Is Disagreeing Agreeably on Facebook Possible?

Is Disagreeing Agreeably on Facebook Possible?

I created a private Facebook group nearly two years ago that focused on constructive dialogue. The dream for the group – Disagreeing Agreeably Is an Art – was to create a platform on Facebook that would encourage people from the entire spectrum of philosophical...
Bumps Along the Two-Way Street of Communication

Bumps Along the Two-Way Street of Communication

Preacher and teacher of preachers, Tom Long, now retired from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, addressed a gathering of ministers a few years ago. To illustrate the changing cultural context for many churches today, he offered an insightful metaphor. In...