Just a word of support and understanding for your position on Pillings
diagrams. I don't care for them and find that it takes me longer to
"translate" them than it does to read a few brief words. I used to rail
against their use, but have learned that there are verbal learners and
symbolic learners (not sure that's the proper adjective) so try to co-exist
peacefully. But, like you, if the crib sheet at a dance consisted only of
diagrams I'd be an unhappy dancer.
San Diego, CA