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On Writing: Paragraphs

Back in my late 20s and early 30s, somewhere on the way to learning how to write like a grownup, I learned the rules for constructing a paragraph.
On Writing: JPD against the Borg

Jean-Luc Picard should beam down here to Juneau to get the best advice on how to fight the Borg.
Writers Weir: Haiku

I've always loved hashishBut more for the headyAroma than the high ? Jim Hale can be reached at
On Writing: Bologna and the Borg

Two weeks ago in this column, my friend Lowell Ford wrote about the challenge of prison inmates to not become "institutionalized." It's not just a problem for inmates.
On Writing: Living in a concrete box

...three-part series on writing classes offered at the facility. To read part one, written by LCCC writing instructor Jim Hale, visit has been 1 ½ years...
Forest Service proposes raised cabin fees

...concern is that $75 per night might squeeze out some locals who can afford a $35 a night cabin," wrote local resident Jim Hale in response to a public Empire request for comment.Tongass Public Affairs Officer Kent Cummins wrote in an email that...
On Writing: Running out of ink

Editor's note: Michelle Bonnet Hale, Jim Hale's partner, is Jim's guest columnist for "On Writing" this week. The following is a Sept. 30 entry from her journal.My...
On Writing: Writing and Reading

...wandering, the path you and I are on right now, right this minute-you and me, walking each other out into the world.It's right here between us, reader. My words are in your hands. ? Jim Hale can be reached at
On Writing: Rehabilitation and Red Tape

...system it can be with proper grooming.???To read part one of this series, written by LCCC writing instructor Jim Hale, visit, and to read part two...
On Writing: Style, part two: Dummies

A noisy night club. The crowd goes silent as a spotlight snaps on and lights a small stage with two figures, Vlad and Agon. Vlad sits on a stool with Agon on his lap. Both wear shabby suits and bowlers. Agon sleeps, slumped over and leaning against Vlad.Vlad: Agon, wake up. Time to go to work. [Nudging him awake.] Agon.[Agon stirs, opens his eyes, yawns, looks around, peers out at the audience, then looks at himself, and dusts himself off.]Agon: I gotta stop sleeping in my clothes.


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