Monthly Archives: January 2011

Overcoming the ol’ Caffeine Addiction

By calling my caffeine addiction “ol,’” I’m not exaggerating. I don’t remember exactly when I started drinking coffee , but it was an immediate fit. Sometime around age 12, I started having a cup of black joe in my I Love Lucy mug alongside my cream-cheese and strawberry Toaster Strudel. I think two things spurred […]

La Morte d’Writing Conventions

After grading thousands of papers (literally), I notice a trend in certain neglected conventions by even the best of writers, some typographical and some grammatical. Sadly, I do believe that their dismissal will become so commonplace that a new standard will be set. Here’s my list of soon-to-be bygone rules. The British do whatever way they […]

Why I Teach

I always find it amusing when a new acquaintance asks where I work. Being the allusive person that I am, I say “I teach.” The reply is usually, “Oh, what grade?” I tell them, “9-12.” At this point, my acquaintance sort of crinkles her nose and says something to the effect of, “Wow, you must be brave.” Then, the inevitable comes […]