Thank someone — anyone, for helping make this country what is …

Yesterday, I wrote … with a nice black felt tip pen, not a word processor … twelve thank you notes. And when each one was finished, I couldn’t help but admire the curls, the angles, the varying thickness in the letters and, I imagined, that the recipients would be equally pleased by the appearance —…

Did I Really Say That??

As it turns out, vowing to post fourteen days in a row is a bit more of a challenge than I thought it would be; especially when I’m literally in the midst of writing a scene that needed more than a few hours of research to be appropriately crafted.  Rest assured, I am still diligently…

Why isn’t the Super Bowl a Superbowl?

Downtown Indy Two Nights Ago Day Five of Fourteen: Compound words are two words that can standalone or come together to make another word.  And there are lots of them.  BUT, there are no straightforward (yes that is a compound word too) rules for their formation. Highschool, not high school … that’s one that I…

To Hyphen or Not to Hyphen

Day Three of Fourteen: This was hard.  After spending the last few hours watching my little Olympic hopeful dribble and run and pivot and shoot, I am home and I am beat.  But, I made a deal with myself to post fourteen days in a row for Jane’s sake and the sake of improving my language…

Spell THIS, then spell THAT!

“You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Or “You are never too old to learn.” To which idiom you subscribed, probably depends on what kind of a dog you are … and possibly, how old of a dog you are. It’s a rarity that I use the canine species to prove a point or…

Is Legwarmers Really One Word?

I like people.  Most people.  And all in all I’m pretty satisfied to be a card carrying member of the Human Race … Today, when I initially started to write (I’m working on a sequel to my book) there was a rather unconstructive thought bouncing through my brain – which, in turn made any form…

I Used to Think this was EASY

Did she used to like cake or did she use to like ice-cream? Did she used to use her used computer to write her papers? This, boys and girls, will be a brief English lesson … One of the most misused, and misappropriated words in Western writing is the usage of the verb use(d) and…