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

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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Tornado Warnings are Like Approaching Deadlines You’ve Tried to Ignore College Life / Uncategorized

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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Me go to class? Why? College Life / Uncategorized

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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Quoting from the Holly Bibel and Other Wrods that Don’t Scene Quiet Write Uncategorized / Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: Oh, my, some of the wording I have seen in my time as a college professor! Where is spell check when you need it? Or, should I say, were is spiel chex when you kneed it? Yes, I have seen many things in my time. The old book “Strictly Speaking: Will America be the Death of English?” was one of my favorites as...

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Possessive versus Plural Nouns Uncategorized / Writing & Grammar

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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Getting Home from the Airport Successfully College Life / Hobbies & Travel / Home Life / Uncategorized

Hello everyone: Traveling has become a recent occurrence in my life ever since my mother died. About once a month, I go from Point A to Point B to visit my elderly father. One thing I learned pretty quickly was that it is very easy to lose your car in a 9-story parking garage at the airport. Covered parking is only one of the options...

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The Fast Track to New Glasses College Life / Home Life / Uncategorized

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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Recalcitrant Quotation Marks Uncategorized / Writing & Grammar

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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