Category: Writing

Another Underappreciated Woman

In a week when the person most qualified for the US presidency withdrew from the race, it seems appropriate to draw your attention to a woman who should have much greater historical significance. San Jose State University has a marvelous library, named for Dr. Martin Luther King, and […]

A Terrible Way To Teach

OK, I was wrong. But did you have to be so nasty about it? A couple of weeks ago, I made the mistake of engaging in a comments-section discussion in the Guardian online.  The topic was the world’s overpopulation and I threw in my, under-informed, two cents worth. […]

Bloglovin’

Follow my blog with Bloglovin If you like reading and/or writing blogs, you may be interested in Bloglovin’. It’s a site designed just for people like us. I am signing on there today and will have my blog posts available there in future.  My blog’s home is still […]

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Blogging Awards

I have been nominated for four blogging awards in the past, and I am pleased and honoured to have been considered.  The process, however, requires a kind of chain-letter nomination of other bloggers, and this makes me a little uncomfortable.  In the spirit of recognizing great blogs, though, I […]

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Had had and that that

Try explaining why using “had had” or “that that” can be grammatically correct. For examples: “The woman had had a bad day,” and “I can see that that bothers you.” Go ahead.  I’ll wait. This week I tried to explain this to my English as a Foreign Language […]

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Thinking About A Book

I am thinking about turning some of the Snowbird of Paradise blog posts into a book and would very much like to have your feedback. One recommendation I have read about is to select a concept and choose only those blog posts that are associated with that concept.  […]

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Helicopter Mystery

During the night, at around midnight, a helicopter flew round and round above my neighborhood. I am assuming it was a police helicopter, but it wasn’t chasing anyone because it kept coming back. So, what was it doing? Were they looking for someone? [Interval] For the second day in […]

The Interesting Present

Someone recently asked me what my blog was about. I said it was “kind of like a journal” and instantly regretted it. She didn’t exactly roll her eyes, but her expression clearly said “Oh good lord. How boring.”  Obviously, I need to come up with a new way […]