Photo and Commentary ©2020 by Maylan Schurch
Friday, September 11, 2020

During a recent visit to a large craft store, I discovered again that such places plan far into the future. The above item is designed to arouse in the customer an indefinable need to lay in an early supply of Halloween merchandise. While this doesn’t shock my system the way the array of fully-lit fake Christmas trees did in another store last week, there’s no doubt about it—fall is approaching.

I am of the vintage of people who spent quite a bit of time at the keyboard of a real typewriter, and that’s what caught my attention at first. But then I recoiled slightly at the sight of the snake with the amber-gem eyes.

And of course I immediately thought of a Daily Photo Parable theme, and here it is: Sometimes ill-chosen words we use can come back to bite us.

And how true this is, even more so today. Back when I was whacking away on my old Smith-Corona manual (which looked something like the one in the photo), the only way you could spread your words around for general public consumption was to induce a publishing company that you had something people would lay down real money for. If you didn’t, you had to resort to the mimeograph and the uncertainties of distributing your writing yourself.

Nowadays, anybody and their pet Pomeranian who wants to get published needs only to start a blog or a Tweet-storm, and ignite interest by being outlandish. This makes anyone my age–who knows what carbon paper is and the need to position it correctly in order to keep a copy of what you wrote–tear frantically at what hair they have left.

Long before typewriters, or even movable type, the Bible writers generated a nice round 750,000 words of prose, poetry, prophecy, history and biography. And some of those words were written about words themselves, and how important they were, and how use them carefully.

Want a sample of this valuable and desperately-needed advice? Click the link just below.