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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Comedy of Errors (not about the play) (08/18/11)

TITLE: Say What?
By Cheryl von Drehle
08/24/11


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To: New Students
From: Professor Randy Ness, Anthropology
Subject: Eros
Date: September 1, 2011

Eros will not be tolerated in my class. This is a particular pet peeve of mine. Eros = distraction of an unprofessional nature and not worthy of my time for further consideration. Any level of eros, be it fleeting or repetitive, random or careless, will lead to disastrous failure.

Any display of eros will suggest that you are not taking my class seriously, in which event you should consider dropping this course. This is the only warning you will receive: do not allow eros to undermine the passion which led you to sign up for my course.

To: New Students
From: Professor Randy Ness, Anthropology
Subject: Prior e-mail
Date: September 2, 2011

My apologies. As you are well aware, using spell check rather than manual editing can result in all sorts of mayhem. And although eros in the classroom can be problematic, my particular concern is that you thoroughly vet all your papers for errors before submitting them.

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The vagaries of modern technology, particularly spell check, add a touch of whimsy and risk to our writing, unwittingly turning a definite participant into a defiant patient, or a sweet soul into a sweat sulk. While spell check can create humorous renderings, comedy can quickly become tragedy in the face of personal rather than writing missteps. I would love to have a soul check function that would suggest alternatives when my own inner resources fail me.

When my spirit faints, my soul check would suggest hopeful fantasy or offer giants to the rescue. A blank minute that might turn me mute, would be solved when my soul checker cheers me with a minuet. Ultimately God does provide such a marvelous assist. Romans 8:26 assures us that when we are at a loss for the right word, "…we do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through groans that words cannot express."

God’s most present check on our lives is not through random suggestions, or cataclysmic attention getters, and He does not leave us adrift in our comedic mistakes. Just the right word, after all, does matter. The Lord was not in the wind, the earthquake or the fire. “…after the fire came a gentle whisper.” 1 Kings 19:11-13


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CD Swanson 08/25/11
Interesting and wonderful use of a bible scripture, I enjoyed it. And, it is so true-God says it all. God Bless~
Sydney Avey08/25/11
Excellent application and nice incorporation of scripture. You packed a lot of wallop in a few paragraphs. One thing, you need to turn on your comma checker!
Leola Ogle 08/26/11
I had to laugh when I read this because every Sunday all my children and their families come over for lunch after church. My oldest daughter texted me with "my appreciation is running late, be there shortly." Hmmm! She really texted appointment, not appreciation, but spellcheck changed it. Big difference. Anyway...great writing, good scripture reference. LOved it! God bless!
Tom Parsons 08/28/11
I enjoyd reading this. It made me laugh.

At first I thought the piece should end with the second email from the professor. However, I then realized that would eliminate the wonderful lesson the emails illustrated.

Good work.
Linda Goergen09/01/11
Congratulations on your well deserved HC win!!! This was a fun read and love the message of staying tuned in to our soul checker!