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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Love Birds

I am so glad that some of you have a use for those photographs of the Presidents.  Thank you all for the nice notes that you've left.

I just love those old school books and over the years have collected quite a few of them.  While going through some of the pages it occurred to me, that sharing some of the information in them would be fun.  If you have a minute or two, read on.

From Sander's New Second Reader June 1853.

Marks and Pauses used in Reading.

If with correctness you would read,
You must with care the pauses heed.

As oft as you the Comma meet,
You pause while one you can repeat.

At Semicolons thus you do:
You pause the time of counting two.
At Colons then, the pause is more:
For there you rest the the time of four.

For Periods thus the rule we fix;
You rest the time of counting six.

Quotations show the words of others;
As "Brothers should not war with brothers."

Now Exclamations next appear;
These mark delight, surprise, or fear;
And here the time to rest we state,
The same as we for colons rate.

Interrogations serve to show
Some question asked; as, Will you go?
At which you rest but little more
Than time to count the number four,

Thus, if correctly you would read,
With care the marks and pauses heed.


  1. Thank you so much! As usual your talent amazes!

  2. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 1 post on Feb. 03, 2011. Thanks again.

  3. Beautiful papers! Thank you for sharing

  4. Enjoyed reading about Marks and Pauses for Good Reading. Hope to see more items you run across :)

  5. Love this kit (no pun intended) ha. Beautiful work as always. Thank you so much.

  6. Very pretty!! Thank you so much!!

  7. Thank you for these lovely papers