So You Want To Be A Writer

So you ‘re thinking that writing would be a great gig; you would be your own boss, forget “The Man,” and make a bunch of money. All you’d have to do is make up stories, which would be sorta like lying, the talent you used to have with your Mom when she figured you were…

Taming Literacy in This Age

Is the novel dead? Why do the remaining book readers today prefer nonfiction to fiction? When I had been working as an engineer for some 6-7 years, the Chief Structural Engineer called me in and said, “Bob, I need you to write a letter for me.” What he meant was a scolding letter to a…

Can You Diagram A Sentence?

Some years ago, during a writing workshop class I attended, a young student offered up a sentence in her classroom segment for the day that had us all frowning with perplexity. The professor stopped her and asked the rest of us how we might write the sentence in a way that could be more easily…

The Oxford Comma and Other Punctuation Discontents

  If you don’t believe language is malleable, go back to original publications of the U.S.’s Civil War era and notice the differences in diction from then to now, the spellings, capitalization practices, and of course, punctuation. Slip back in time to the era of the French Revolution, find a really old copy of Victor…

Audioboooks and the Return of Storytelling

  After reading this, I have to wonder what the future narrative of literature might entail. Two possibilities occur: In dwelling more on story than the language of story, will we be seeing a more right-brain approach to literature; i.e., a more sensory, less intellectual experience for “readers”? Will education become a trait of the…

The Joy of Teaching Computer Science in the Age of Facebook

Technical education, i.e., computer science, can be handled in a way that buttresses education or in ways that waste educational time. If you’re a parent – or an oldie trying to keep up education-wise, you may find the article linked below of interest.     The Atlantic   Visit my website here, and my FB Fan…