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Sheri Dean Parmelee

Sheri Dean Parmelee has a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from Regent University. She writes books on practical tips for people who become unexpectedly unmarried and is working on her second novel in a series of contemporary romance/suspense novels. She teaches at three colleges, working with students from freshmen to graduate students. Her hobbies include running 8 miles a day and reading biographies and fiction.

Organizing Your School Work so You Don’t have to Work on Holidays
in College Life, Uncategorized

Organizing Your School Work so You Don’t have to Work on Holidays

Hello everyone: Every once in a while, students will complain that I have given them an assignment due date on a major holiday. You’re right, that stinks. But there is a very simple answer to the problem: work ahead. Now, don’t work so far ahead that your instructor hasn’t had time to give you complete instructions, but try to stay a couple of days ahead...

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22 Apr 2019
Tornado Warnings are Like Approaching Deadlines You’ve Tried to Ignore
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Tornado Warnings are Like Approaching Deadlines You’ve Tried to Ignore

Hello everyone: Today, we are having severe weather. Tornado warnings, flash flood warnings, and thunderstorms abound. Amazingly enough, they are very similar to approaching deadlines that you have tried to ignore. How so? Perhaps you have kept up with most of your assignments. Oh, maybe you missed a few exact dates here and there, but you’ve been almost on time for everything. You have sobbed...

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19 Apr 2019
Me go to class? Why?
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Me go to class? Why?

Hello everyone: Wisdom isn’t just for owls. It’s for you and me. Why go to college if you aren’t going to go? Good question. Here we are, almost at the end of my courses for this term. There are some students who show up for class so infrequently that I have forgotten what they look like. Really. I asked one gal for an introduction recently...

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16 Apr 2019
Possessive versus Plural Nouns
in Uncategorized, Writing & Grammar

Possessive versus Plural Nouns

Hello everyone: One of the biggest and most often-committed crimes against the English language these days is folks who do not know the difference between a possessive noun and a plural noun. Heavens to Betsy! Some of the folks who commit this noun faux pas are juniors and seniors in college or graduate students. They should have learned this in 6th grade but apparently they...

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08 Apr 2019
The Fast Track to New Glasses
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The Fast Track to New Glasses

Hello everyone: Have you ever gone to get new glasses and found the process long, complicated, and boring? I have a fast way to get glasses that will look great and will be everything you’d hoped for. First, make sure your hair and makeup are exactly how you usually wear them. You want to give the salesperson your usual look, not something you just tried...

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01 Apr 2019
Recalcitrant Quotation Marks
in Uncategorized, Writing & Grammar

Recalcitrant Quotation Marks

Hello everyone: Lately, I have been seeing some very interesting uses of quotation marks in my students’ writing. So, just where do these lovely inventions belong? Surrounding direct quotes, hopefully. That is their rightful place. Let’s take a look at them for a few moments. Let’s say this is your sentence: Parmelee (2019) argues that “here is the direct quote” (p. 123). [Note that I...

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29 Mar 2019
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