OFF THE BEAT: Bookshelves and puzzle pieces

Someone once remarked there is absolutely nothing that compares with the influence of a mother. For me, it is a testament to a fine truth, one whose foundations transcend simple love, kindness and understanding. It holds a greater truth in my heart than I would like to admit at times.
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The case for proofreading

I’m going to start with a confession: I recently turned in a paper about Henry James’ “The Portrait of a Lady” with a grievous mistake in the opening sentence. I called the novel “A Portrait of a Lady.” Needless to say, it was extremely embarrassing to have the paper returned to
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