Monthly Archive: October 2013

Featured Poem 10/14 – “Fishing in Winter” 0

Featured Poem 10/14 – “Fishing in Winter”

  Fishing in Winter by Ralph Burns A man staring at a small lake sees His father cast light line out over The willows. He’s forgotten his Father has been dead for two years...

Sunday Serial: Poppy McJay #2 0

Sunday Serial: Poppy McJay #2

Jacob Tenner tossed his jacket over the newel post in the hallway and ducked in to the lounge to check if his parents were home. The television was blissfully silent and the light shadow...

Its vs. It’s, and how the Constitution of the United States got it wrong 4

Its vs. It’s, and how the Constitution of the United States got it wrong

It’s one of the most annoying peculiarities of the English language, instilling dread in both elementary student and published author alike. I speak, of course, of its versus it’s. Normally, to mark the possessive...

Should a student be suspended for posting an incriminating photo of an educator on Facebook? 2

Should a student be suspended for posting an incriminating photo of an educator on Facebook?

A school has wide authority on how to respond to actions that take place inside the school’s premises, but what about outside? If a student posts an incriminating photo of an educator on Facebook,...

Defuse or Diffuse the Situation? 3

Defuse or Diffuse the Situation?

Native speakers often learn phrases by ear before they learn the written words that comprise them. Even if you’re not sure which word and spelling is correct in the phrase, you’ve probably heard news...

Comma Splices and Fun With Semicolons 1

Comma Splices and Fun With Semicolons

I’m pretty sure that I never learned how to properly use semicolons or how to avoid comma splices in school. If I did, then it was relegated to a brief lesson back in seventh...