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“Remember, we’re all in this alone.”

 – Lily Tomlin, American actor, comedian and author

“It’s try to, not try and!”

It was time for Mickey’s weekly visit to the radio station writing department (and accompanying grammar lesson). Mickey was a retired newscaster and though he had been out of the business for almost a decade, he still wore the old blue station jacket he had received some 20 years prior.

My fellow writers took to calling Mickey the Grammar Cop because a visit invariably included a five-minute tirade about how our department was “mangling” the English language.  

It seemed that all Mickey did was ruffle feathers. He had a notable dislike of people, especially women. Despite...

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