Living a simpler, more efficient, orderly life is appealing to most of us. Although Professor Strunk simplifies the rules of usage for grammar and composition, his book, “The Elements of Style” contains a great life lesson as well:
Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all his sentences short, or that he avoid all detail and treat his subjects only in outline, but that every word tell.
William Strunk, The Elements of Style
To apply this quote universally to other areas of life, does not imply that life should be austere. It simply suggests that every action––how we choose to spend time and each choice that we make––should ‘tell.’
” Dictation is wholesome and nurtures relationships. Let’s look at the environment. We sit, side by side with our child. Close together, we sit with both our heads bent over a small exercise book. We are working together, enjoying a moment…”