What’s Your Desert Island Book?

This post was inspired by a recent post of a fellow blogger, Beth. Beth wrote how yesterday (January 18) was National Thesaurus Day and paid homage to Peter Mark Roget, creator of the famous Roget's Thesaurus. Since I didn't know about his Thesaruas beyond the basics, I went out to Wikipedia and found the following: … Continue reading What’s Your Desert Island Book?

A Pencil Is a Many-Splendored Thing

Pencils have been around for hundreds of years, and still show no signs of fading away. Their most obvious usages for pencils are writing, erasing, and drawing, but there is so much more to this simple invention. For example, pencils could be used for: racing. I clearly remember having pencil races in grade school, seeing … Continue reading A Pencil Is a Many-Splendored Thing

Some Thoughts on Summer Reading Lists for High School Students

This post was triggered by an essay in the Wall Street Journal by author Ann Patchett in which she notes that as children, many of us were forced to consume books over school break; as adults, we can enjoy those assigned classics without the academic burden. Here is the paragraph that resonated with me the … Continue reading Some Thoughts on Summer Reading Lists for High School Students

Music Monday: How Did Steven and Billy Have Such Insight into Life at Such a Young Age?

Billy Joel wrote "Piano Man" when he was 24. I'm sure there are many other examples of young people writing best selling songs, but these two songs have always stood out in my mind because the lyrics seem to show wisdom beyond their ages. Here are the words to "Dream On": Every time when I … Continue reading Music Monday: How Did Steven and Billy Have Such Insight into Life at Such a Young Age?

I’ve Got Something in Common with President Trump…

One of my favorite punctuation marks (I have several) is the ellipsis, also known as the three dots. Here's what it looks like: ... I was curious to see how often I use it in my blog posts, so I did a search of my site. It looks like I use it a lot more … Continue reading I’ve Got Something in Common with President Trump…

Improving My Writing, with Hemingway at My Side

One of my blogging colleagues, Justin Wheeler, told me that he uses the Hemingway app to help keep his writing simple and concise, something that Hemingway was famous for (although I was not aware of that). ┬áTo use the app, you can either download an app and then enter your text into the app to … Continue reading Improving My Writing, with Hemingway at My Side