Judy Hagey

Nonfiction Editor ~ Freelance Writer

Three things I learned from reading Leviticus and Deuteronomy…again

Even before our pastor promoted the two-year Bible reading plan, I had decided to re-read my NIV chronologically-ordered Bible this year. It’s good to be reminded that the narrative in the canon is not always in chronological order—to acknowledge (again) that Job was a compatriot of the patriarchs, and Esther lived hundreds of years after […]

When a Question isn’t Really a Question

Not every question requires a question mark. Trust me. How often don’t you ask a rhetorical question. One that you really don’t expect an answer to. (Like the first sentence in this paragraph.) So when does a question need a question mark? When you expect an answer. Direct questions—the kind journalists ask to get a […]

Word of the Week – homing in

When he was young, our oldest son sang out “homey, homey,” whenever we pulled into the driveway from an out-of-town trip. I use that rather homely introduction to home in on the Word of the Week. Or is it hone in? Don’t be too hard on yourself if you’re not sure. Even the experts aren’t […]

Don’t Let Scare Quotes Scare You

I recently edited a paper that included an inordinate number of scare quotes. The writer may have thought he was doing readers a favor by placing quotation marks around a word he was introducing or using in an unusual or nontraditional way. But really, it was just plain scary the number of times they were […]

Word of the Week – scintilla

When is the last time someone called you a scintillating conversationalist? Never, you say? Not to worry. It’s likely not because you are not a great talker, but because scintillating is one of those words that we just don’t use very often anymore. It’s a shame, because who doesn’t want to expand their vocabulary? In […]