I Hate Mosquitos

I Hate Mosquitos

My Blog I love walking outside on a warm – not hot, but warm –  summer evening, listening to the crickets. But I cannot stand getting bug bites. I hate biting insects, but mostly mosquitos. I believe everything that is alive, has a right to be alive. Except mosquitos....
Spellcheck is Not Enough

Spellcheck is Not Enough

My Blog This point has been made before, but every now and again, it seems wise to bring it up again. Spell check programs will tell you if a word is spelled incorrectly … in its limited awareness. Mostly, what this means is that regardless of how it is spelled, the...
How to Write

How to Write

My Blog Can you talk? Because if you can, you can write. Probably not like a pro, but you can write well enough to get your point across. But so many otherwise very bright and articulate people go into a catatonic stupor when faced with a blank white page, or computer...
The Oxford Comma: Yes? No?

The Oxford Comma: Yes? No?

My Blog The Oxford comma, sometimes called the serial comma, is the one that comes after the next to last item in a list. It’s followed by and or or, and then the last item in the list. Or does it?  This is one of the Great Debates among grammarians. In school,...
Among vs. Amongst

Among vs. Amongst

My Blog They’re the same.  Usually, when I do one of these this v. that things, the two words are not the same.  In this case, they are interchangeable. Sort of.  (You knew it couldn’t be that easy, right?)  Amongst is very commonly used throughout the British empire...
Summary v. Synopsis

Summary v. Synopsis

My Blog If you’re like most of us, you’re not even sure there’s a difference between the two terms. There is. A summary is very short and just gives the main idea. It’s usually just one paragraph, like the first paragraph of a newspaper...