I Can’t Get No Satisfaction

annoyedwoman

You don’t have to be a fussy English teacher to find grammatical errors annoying. Or maybe you do. Then there are a number of widely used expressions that -- while not incorrect -- are just plain irritating. Here’s my list:

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Your Lunch Looks So Good. Can I Have Some?

*temp*

If thou shalt not covet thy neigbor’s lunch were a commandment, I would still be atoning for my lunchroom jealousies from 6th grade through 12th. I salivated for Rosemary Antonuzzo’s lunch every single day. Made by her Mom Millie Antonuzzo, Ro’s lunches represented to me the best possible ingredients ever to have been placed between two slices of bread (make that Italian bread) and packed into a brown paper bag.

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Tips from the Teacher

LectureHall

It’s after Labor Day, and most schools are once again in session. When my daughters went off to college, I gave advice about balancing bank accounts, safe sex and getting along with roommates. And I offered them a few suggestions about what I know best:  How to please a professor. Of course, there’s the obvious – do your work and go to class. All successful students do that. But there are other, more subtle ways to make a positive impression on someone who makes a final judgment on you. I’ve taught at a university for decades, so here’s some tips to make any academic star shine a bit brighter. (This works for high school students as well)

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Am I Losing My Mind?

remindernote

Fact: You reach a certain age, and no matter how young you feel inside, you start getting stupid. Stupider than your kids thought you were when they were 15 and knew everything compared to your nothing. I’ll modify that stupid a little bit, gentle it up a tad: You lose focus. And when you lose focus, you can do things like this – all of which actually happened to or were done by people I know, including myself . . .

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