Halloween and alter egos

One of my most memorable Halloweens came at the tail-end of childhood. I dressed as Hanna-Barbera cartoon character El Kabong. El Kabong was the alter ego of Quick Draw McGraw, the town sheriff. I wore a black hat, black mask and black cape. I carried a guitar. (The...

Hula Hoops

I used to tell my students to “MYOB.” That’s the acronym for “Mind Your Own Business.” Nobody likes a tattle-tale, and I tried to teach them that lesson early on. This is not to say that one shouldn’t report crimes or life-endangering situations. But sticking your...

Do or do not

It was Yoda, in the first Star Wars movie, who said to Luke Skywalker, “Do or do not, there is no try.” Which, in current vernacular, would equate to “Poop or get off the toilet.” Ok, so maybe it wouldn’t be “poop” and maybe toilet would be “pot,” but you get the...

e.g. and i.e.

QUICK! When do you use “e.g.” and when is “i.e.” the appropriate term? Time’s up! So here’s today’s English lesson, although it’s actually Latin we’re dealing with. (No, don’t bother to tell me I ended a sentence with a preposition… we’ll deal with that some  other...

A matter of perception

Every seven years, the state of Washington insists upon issuing new vehicle license plates even if you have the same old car. (I suppose that’s ONE WAY of keeping the inmates busy, but never mind that for now…) Two middle-aged female friends of mine dutifully turned...
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