The Working Pilgrim

I first went to India in 1974 as a very young woman and surprisingly didn’t return to Australia for a decade. I thought I was just going to explore my spiritual mecca for a short period but ended up living in an ashrama and doing volunteer work as a teacher, seamstress, editor and general Jill of all Trades. In those pioneer days, just to make a phone call to Calcutta (now Kolkata) meant booking the call two days in advance and then having to shout and scream down the phone to be heard. Yesterday I arrived in the same place for what has become an annual stay of three months. Today I had wireless internet installed and I’m ready and set up to service my clients from around the world. Don’t you just love technology!file991296598832

The semi-colon

For authors and editors, the evergreen ‘Strunk and White’ is a great reference. Many of us don’t know when to use semi-colons and often misuse them. Here is what Strunk and White says about the matter: “Do not join independent clauses by a comma. If two or more clauses grammatically complete and not joined by a conjunction are to form a single compound sentence, the proper mark of punctuation is a semi-colon. [EG] ‘It is nearly half past five; we cannot reach town before dark.’