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Comeback?!

2 Mar

Haven’t posted in years. Thinking about a comeback!

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I wish all people were this enthusiastic about reading

13 Jul

People need to read more

If I had more spare time, I’d read a novel. OR I would add a blog post that is more than just a picture with a short description.

Award :)

8 Feb

I started this blog just about a week ago and I can’t believe the amount of positive feedback I have received! I would like to thank http://thejottersjoint.wordpress.com/ for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger’s award 🙂

Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned.

5 Dec

I have been struggling to come up with another idea for a post, I think I’ll post about punctuation. AGH! I just committed the eighth mortal sin. There’s lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, pride, and comma splices.

A comma splice is the use of a comma in between two independent clauses. Independent clauses, by definition, are clauses that can stand alone as a sentence. Why is using comma between two independent clauses so grievous? Comma splices are the grand daddy of all punctuation sins because literally any other form of punctation would work except for a comma. Take a look (WARNING: explicit grammar error may be unsuitable for children).

Comma Splice:  These pretzels are making me thirsty, I will get some water.

^Here are two independent clauses joined by a comma. (Seinfeld fans will appreciate the first clause.) These two clauses, in order to be effectively separated, need to be separated by some form of stop punctuation. Essentially any other form of punctuation, even a dash(—), would work.

These pretzels are making me thirsty; I will get some water.

These pretzels are making me thirsty: I will get some water.

These pretzels are making me thirsty. I will get some water.

These pretzels are making me thirsty! I will get some water.

These pretzels are making me thirsty—I will get some water.

Choosing which punctuation to change it to is completely up to you. Based on the context of the two clauses, you can pick whichever one most effectively creates the relationship between the clauses that you desire. Of course, you can add a coordinating conjunction. There’s no fun in explaining those since they don’t tie in too well with my sinning joke I’ve got going on. Perhaps we’ll save those for a later post. In the meantime, for your penance of committing comma splices, say ten Hail Marys and look for more grammar posts on my blog!

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Creating Innovators Review

3 Oct

Creating Innovators

This is a book I reviewed for Jim Estill

Sing, O Muse, O high genius, aid us now. I invoke thee, O Muses, from the darkness of my soul, for the inspiration that will give the young people of our country the innovation necessary to create jobs in this country.

Studies tell us that our children’s creativity capacity has been declining since 1990. We are experiencing a “creativity crisis.” Research shows the deterioration of the young people’s creative capacities over the last two decades. This is a serious issue in light of the recent economic decline and our social and civic well-being. Creativity drives innovation. Business executives from around the world believe that innovation is the best way to create jobs in this country. Since innovation and creativity are essential for saving the country, how can we reverse this decline in the creative capacity in young people? The silly answer would be to invoke the muses with praises similar to the one in the beginning of this review. Doing that is not necessary. All of the answers to generating creativity in young people can be found in Tony Wagner’s Creating Innovators.

The book Creating Innovators gives insights into what the important influences are on a young innovator. It teaches you how to maximize the development of a child’s capacity. The book presents the lives of various, highly successful innovators: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics innovators (STEM innovators) and social innovators. It reflects on the different approaches to their upbringings and the different factors of their childhoods that made them who they are today. A special emphasis is on the adults in these people’s lives that helped nurture their creative and innovate spirits. In Wagner’s research for this book, he discovered a pattern among these innovators: play, passion, and purpose, all of which are explained within the chapters. Creating Innovators also explores many ways in which educators are looking to new solutions to various twenty-first century problems.

If these ideas and strategies weren’t enough for you, maybe the format of the book will sell you on buying this book. The format of Creating Innovators is very imaginative. Throughout the pages, there are QR tags. Everyone has seen these tags on products or posters. If you download the free app for your smartphone, you can access additional information and related videos about the innovators through the software. Wagner has taken this idea and applied it to his book. It is truly ingenious! Your smartphone expands the content of the story. The book is filled with information and if you want more, you can access it through the QR tags. It’s truly like having two books in one! I think it is fitting that a book on innovation is innovative itself.

Anyone can learn something from this book. However, this book is perfect for parents, teachers of any level, mentors, and employers. This book has highly valuable information and the potential to foster a strong economic future. To get this future, you need to read the book and integrate this information into our lives.

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Alanis Morissette- Ironic

2 Jun

I LOVE THE 90’s! I am thoroughly obsessed with 90’s music. I recently indulged myself with a 90’s music downloading binge—it was fantastic! I came across in my iTunes library an old favorite of mine: Ironic by Alanis Morissette. It might just be my favorite Alanis song. Then I started thinking, which can never be good: does Alanis know what irony is? I don’t think so. If she did, I doubt she would have entitled her song Ironic. None of the situations described in her lyrics are ironic. They are merely unfortunate coincidences. There is nothing ironic about rain on your wedding day or dying the day after you win the lottery—that’s just really unlucky. Situational irony (which is what Alanis was going for as she was describing situations) is if the actions taken have an exact opposite effect from what was intended. I think a funny example of situational irony is studying for psychology and wind up driving yourself crazy.

Anyway, watch to her video and see if you agree with me. It’s still a good song, but for obvious rhetorical reasons, I think I like Head Over Feet better.

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Words are fun!

1 May

I found this thoroughly entertaining and pretty cute. I must give credit to iwastesomuchtime where I found it. Check it out! 🙂

Words are fun!