Editor’s Letter

June 2017 - Editor's Letter
by Lori Hatcher

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June 2017 - Editor's Letter

Words, words, words. They’re everywhere. Clogging our Inboxes, filling our computer screens, and plastered on billboards and the occasional city bus. My days overflow with words—the ones I think, the ones I speak, and the ones I write. As an author/editor, I’m always searching for just the right sentence or turn of phrase. I agree with Mark Twain, who said,

“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.”

Like the firearm I held once—only briefly because it frightened me—I’m ever conscious of the power of words. King Solomon, a writer himself and the author of the books Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, agreed. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue,” he said in Proverbs 18:21, “and those who love it will eat its fruits.”

As I interviewed actor and comedian Torry Martin for our profile piece this month, he reminded me how life-giving the right words can be. Socially awkward and a poor student, he was flunking out of school until one teacher’s words unearthed the writing seed that was just beginning to sprout. Years later six words from his pastor gave him the courage to take the risk that fully launched his writing career.

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