Tabs on Writing

The Business of Business Writing by John Tabellione, Principal at

“The Man Without a County” (sic)

Date: 12 May 2018
Category: Current Events, Homophones, Spelling

“The Man Without a Country,” by Edward Everett Hale, was published as a short story in the Atlantic Monthly in 1863. It depicted American Army Lieutenant Philip Nolan, who had renounced his country during a trial for treason. He was sentenced to spend the rest of his days at sea without so much as a word of news about the United States of America.

While not involved is so dramatic a situation, I am feeling a little like a man without a county (not country), since we are moving from Cobb County soon, but the closing on our new home in Cherokee County won’t be ready until later this month.

We’ve had to flex our muscles for weeks as we’ve been packing and lifting boxes into place to prepare for the movers. Fortunately, we’ve been able to stay in shape. The lingering pollen season, however, has taken its toll, causing us to sneeze and cough frequently. Those airborne flecks of dust, granules, and seeds from certain trees flying around at times appear so heavy as to be a virtual “summer snow flurry.”

With no place to call “home” we’re trying to stay flexible: kind neighbors have welcomed us as family for a few days; we’ll also be headed shortly to my 50th college reunion; and, lastly, we’ll be visiting several relatives, as well.

Eventually, we hope to be settled around Memorial Day to enjoy our down-sized, three-bedroom house (although it does contain a “flex room,” which the builder said can be used as either a fourth bedroom, or as an office/study).

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