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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.

Happy Father’s Day
in Home Life, Uncategorized

Happy Father’s Day

Hello everyone: Parents are frequently our unsung heroes. I thought of this as we were celebrating Father’s Day today. Happily, my father is still alive. I am excited for the opportunity to spend time with him in the autumn of his life. I share memories that he no longer has, like how we used to drive our car on Cocoa Beach and take a picnic...

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16 Jun 2019
Just because You’ve Always Written Something That Way Doesn’t Mean Your Writing’s Right
in Uncategorized, Writing & Grammar

Just because You’ve Always Written Something That Way Doesn’t Mean Your Writing’s Right

Hello everyone: I had a student recently who insisted that she had always written her APA formatted essays with the period after the quote and left nothing at the end of the sentence. “Well, bully for Terry Elizabeth,” as my mother always said. Folks, that is soooo 5th edition. That would be fine, if we still graded from the 5th edition of the APA Style...

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06 Jun 2019
Reading the Announcements and Professor’s Emails is Crucial
in Uncategorized, Writing & Grammar

Reading the Announcements and Professor’s Emails is Crucial

Hello everyone: Every once in a while, I get students who never read the announcements and ignore my emails. That is a very poor idea. Why? Because I explain things that you need to know in those missives. If you need an extra bit of information to complete an assignment, it will be there. If students are having trouble locating an article or need help...

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29 May 2019
A Colon Does Not a Semi-Colon Make
in Uncategorized, Writing & Grammar

A Colon Does Not a Semi-Colon Make

Hello everyone: Guess what? There is a big difference between a colon and a semi-colon. they are not the same thing and they are not interchangeable. I saw a graduate student’s work recently. He did not know that a semi-colon joins two independent clauses and that a colon is good for when you are listing things or want to point something out. For example, one...

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21 May 2019
Don’t Depend on the Professor to Bail You Out
in College Life, Home Life, Uncategorized

Don’t Depend on the Professor to Bail You Out

Hello everyone: This term has been an interesting one. I have a couple of online students who depended on my grace to get them through the semester. One claimed he didn’t know we had a semester-end project due. Apparently, he never read the syllabus, the course schedule, any of my announcements, or any of the emails I sent him. He submitted a half-effort the last...

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13 May 2019
Light Bulbs Going Off
in College Life, Home Life, Uncategorized

Light Bulbs Going Off

Hello everyone: Sometimes, it takes a little while before the light bulbs go off. What I mean by this is that some students don’t get themselves together academically for a while. For some, it takes longer than for others. I once knew a man who had 120 credits (enough for a bachelor’s degree) but he didn’t even have an associate’s degree (60 credits). His wife...

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12 May 2019
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