I probably drove my parents crazy. I was one of those kids always asking WHY?
I still ask a lot of questions, mostly of God, but sometimes my brothers—like why did you do THIS to your cat this past Christmas?
But God has great patience with me. I know because I have not been hit by a lightning bolt—YET.
David Isaiah Angway said in a Jan 2016 blog post; … asking questions is relevant to our growth.
Martha Grimm Brady put it this way on her blog, GrityGrace.com: “Learning to observe life and ask questions will help you grow…and grow up!”
I needed to learn how to make an em dash. I could not figure it out on my own. So I pulled on my big girl panties, and asked an expert, Kathy Ide, author of Proofreading Secrets of Bestselling Authors.
For those of you wondering like myself, the answer she offered here is an excerpt from the above referenced book.
In Microsoft Word, go to Tools (or Word Options/Proofing), then AutoCorrect/AutoFormat. Put a checkmark in “Symbol characters/hyphens (–) with symbols/dash (—).” With this feature checked, follow these steps:
To make an en dash (–), type a letter or word, insert a space, then type a hyphen, then type the next letter or word, followed by a space.
To make an em dash (—), type a letter or word (do not insert a space), then type a double hyphen, then type the next letter or word followed by a space.
Alternatively, you can insert an en or em dash using “Insert/Symbols,” then clicking on the “Special Characters” tab.
Another way to do it is to hold down the Ctrl key and hit the minus key on the numeric keypad for an en dash; for an em dash, hold down the Ctrl and Alt keys and hit the hyphen on the numeric keypad.
Thank you, Kathy. That last part of the last sentence was the key for me. I am now an em dash queen!
When in doubt— ask questions.