It's bad enough to stumble through life with a partially functioning brain. But have you noticed how many "Don't Forget Me" Helpers there are? You know, those "smart" devices with the tiny beeping alarms. Is it a text? Is it the security alarm? Are terrorists lurking with a bomb? No, it's an appliance. And it … Continue reading Here’s to the Brain Helpers
So an Amazon Author Page displays an author's hottest-selling titles first. For me this is A Very Austen Christmas and Darcy By Any Other Name. As expected, my newly re-launched So Rough a Course hasn't yet made it to a visible position. So I used the arrow thingy to advance the cover images. And looky what I found. … Continue reading Ya wanna buy a book?
A new crop of 7th graders now inhabits my classroom. They're coltish, talkative, and desperate to master the art of sarcasm. Uh-huh. They're not very good at it. I give them props for trying. Needless to say, they are no match for me. But if they'd like to take me on, hey, I'm game. "Bring … Continue reading Be vulgar at your own risk!
Apparently I am quite the source for 'shoe-leather' wisdom. You know, the practical, real-life kind. On this, our final day of school, Laurie, one of my 7th grade students, presented me with a framed commemoration of our year together. Alas, each of these gems has come rolling out of my mouth. Repeatedly. I never meant … Continue reading Documented “Teacher Burn”!
This is way off-topic, but it's that kind of day. It's a celebration day--with mourning turned to joy--because all of my students passed their tests. Quarter 1 ends well! And while checking Facebook at lunch I discovered Mog and his commercial about Christmas sharing. So I'm passing it on to you. Just the thing for Friday … Continue reading Have you met Mog?
If a Hollywood producer came knocking on my door with an offer to turn Darcy By Any Other Name into a movie and told me that I could call all the shots... How about this for the short list? Director: Kenneth Branagh Mr. Darcy: Chris Pine Mr. Collins: Jack Black Elizabeth Bennet: Kate Beckinsale The … Continue reading Day 30: Silver Screen Stuff & Nonsense!
Is this even possible? Today's prompt says that it is. So... Meet the Mercy's Embrace novels as a nonfiction series! Here you will discover self-help at its finest. Miss Elliot plots and schemes, and now you can too! Because every woman should live as a Romance Heroine at least once in her life, right? If … Continue reading Day 12: Nonfiction novels?
The Facebook truism about cat photos is spot-on. Everybody loves cats! I've had more "Likes" for Onyx and Domino than for anything else I've shared. Unlike dogs (who are cheerful), cats express a variety of moods. Unabashed laziness, open scorn, purring contentment, tail-in-the-air disdain. We loves all of it! If only managing life's relationships were … Continue reading It’s Caturday–I mean, Saturday!
Tuesday, as my students read aloud these lame and painfully bad analogies, they laughed until they cried. This list is comprised of entries from, I think, the Bulwer-Lytton fiction contest. And it's as much fun today as when I first snagged it from the Internet years ago. I offer it in celebration of Friday. And … Continue reading Why English Teachers Die Young
Something Old: One loved-to-death Kindle It's stuck on The Hunger Games. And because I took no other books on vacation, that's what I read on the train. Three times. Something New: A Kindle Fire HD (Displaying one of my books, of course.) Can it be that I'm an Early Adapter? My sons say I'm a … Continue reading The Old, the New, the Remodeled, the Working