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Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Holly Mullen: Excellent Blogger, Almost in Town
My long-time favorite American Fork blogger, DaltonGirl, does not share many of my political views. Neither does a new favorite, Salt Lake City's Holly Mullen. What does this mean? (I don't actually answer this question in this post.)
Lately, I've enjoyed Holly Mullen's relatively new blog, mullentown. As far as I can tell, I don't share most of her political views. But she writes well -- in terms both of technique and of personality. She thinks. She has a good eye (ear?) for a quotation. I'm putting her on my blog roll.
Here this veteran journalist (who writes younger than the phrase "veteran journalist" sounds) describes the Utah to which she returned ten years ago:
Conservative though I am, by national standards if not Utah County's . . . I feel it.
Here's part of what she said about the Trolley Square shootings:
I didn't really think I was only person with such thoughts in the Trolley Square aftermath.
One more, and I'll tell you why I picked this paragraph in a minute:
Holy semicolons, Batman! The lady even knows when to split an infinitive! (Almost never, but -- to quote George Orwell's famous rule for writing in general -- "sooner than say anything outright barbarous.") Judging by what I've read at her blog, she also knows when not to split an infinitive.
Ahem. That's why I picked that paragraph. Because of a judiciously split infinitive. Believe it.
I feel a certain blogger's kinship to Ms. Mullen. To be sure, she is a veteran journalist; I am not, at least not in her league. And she skis; I don't. But she's married to a former Salt Lake City mayor; I'm married to a current American Fork city councilor. She grew up in Utah, left, and came back ten years ago; I grew up in Colorado and Idaho, studied in Utah, left, and came back about nine years ago. She has a budding teenage driver; I have a budding teenage driver.
I will say this in my own blog's interest: I like my readers' comments better, when they happen, which isn't often enough. I'm sure the vast majority of Ms. Mullen's readers are witty, urbane, and in all other ways the very pinnacle of human civilization. But some (not all) of the folk who comment on her posts seem not to set their plows very deep, and appear limited to plowing a single furrow running in a single direction, if even that. That's not her fault. That's the Internet.
So, my commenting readers, I salute you. Like the children of Lake Wobegon, each of you is above average.
Meanwhile, the foregoing agricultural metaphor is my fault entirely. Sometimes I flash back to my agrarian youth. I've learned to live with it.
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