New Term, New Goals

Well, it’s the start of another semester. So far, it seems pretty good. The students seem to be really engaged, which is good. I have lately been less tolerant of students who do not want to be in school. This is college, after all. You do not have to be here, so why take it…

No such thing as a free lunch?

I have lunch with a good friend once a week, and we have started a new challenge. We are going to try to eat for free every week. Now, that doesn’t mean getting the whole meal for free, but we need to get some kind of freebie every week. To that end, we have been…

A little Malcolm, A little Starbucks

Today was the anniversary of Malcolm X’s assassination. People have been remembering him all day. Malcolm X was a tremendous speaker and activist, but I think what moved many people even more was his change from Black Nationalism to an inclusive humanistic message. Nevertheless, regardless of what he had to say, he had a gift…

Hello, My Name Is…

Don’t you hate calling tech support? No one likes it, but what I really hate is when you call for support, you reach someone with a distinct Indian accent, and then she tells you her name is Monica or Jane or Sally. Or maybe he tells you his name is Sam or Max or Peter….

The Consequences of Omissons

I didn’t do a good job of taking care of myself last week and got sick. It’s not the best excuse for failing to write on my blog, but it will have to do. There were things I could have done that would have made the week better, but in the end I had to…

Dulcinea

We have a rather large snake. She is a red-tailed boa named Dulcinea. She came to us in like most of our pets, as a rescue. I walked into the pet store one day, and one of the clerks was on the phone. She pointed to me and said “YOU! You keep snakes! Do you…

Language Pet Peeve #3: Run-on sentences.

There are only two ways to join sentences together. 1) a comma and a coordinating conjunction (for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so) 2) a semicolon. Anything else is wrong! Coordinating conjunction example: The crowds protested for the ouster of the president, but no one was sure it would really happen. Semicolon Example: The vice president…

The pen is mightier than–um–what was I doing?

I said I was going to stop complaining about how badly I am doing on my quest to write on this blog every day, but here we go again. The other week, I thought I might just  switch to the PostAWeek Challenge because I was really not making it every day by a long shot….

Language Pet Peeve #2: I thought to myself

I hear this all the time lately, and I have also read it in literature. Obviously this construction has been around for a long time, but it is an excellent example of redundancy. I thought to myself… Who else are you going to think to? Are you psychic? Do you normally think to other people…

Late to my own funeral–with any luck!

Some time ago, I found this link on a friend’s website “Sorry I’m Late”. The article describes a situation to which most teachers are accustomed: students straggling in late to class. After being vexed by this problem repeatedly, the irate prof confronts his students whereupon he learns that the customs related to time at that…