Nora Ephron’s Cheesecake Recipe

The talented Nora Ephron, born May 19, 1941, died yesterday (June 26, 2012) at the age of 71.  She is best known for her screenwriting of “Sleepless in Seattle” (which she also directed) and “When Harry Met Sally.”  She also wrote plays, essays, and novels.  I enjoyed reading her book of essays I Feel Bad... Continue Reading →

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Thank You, Alice Walker, for Rescuing Zora Neale Hurston

I recently read Zora Neale Hurston’s masterpiece, Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937).  It is the second time I have picked up this book.  The first time occurred about a decade ago, and I got intimidated and stopped reading.  Sometimes I do that.  I let the first few pages of a book slide through my... Continue Reading →

Baby Robins outside My Window

A few weeks ago we noticed a robin in its nest outside our family room window.  As we sat on the couch to read or watch television, the robin would sit in its nest.  During my husband’s Saturday yard routine, he sneaked a peek into the nest and saw four bright blue eggs.  We hoped... Continue Reading →

The Seven Deadly Spelling Sins

Because I am a writing teacher and a former editor, I am constantly exposed to the most egregious mistakes in writing, grammar, and spelling.  I am also seeing a lot of these mistakes online in social networking sites, blogs, and emails.  Because I try to be a nice person, I do not point these mistakes... Continue Reading →

Dune: A Concoction of Myth

I watched a movie from 1984 last night.  These were the highlights: Patrick Stewart with a mullet, clumsy fight scenes meant to be exciting and fast-paced, Sting as a villain with clown hair, Styrofoam rocks, red-headed villains, Kyle Maclachlan’s lion mane of hair, a boil-faced baron, sweat (way to much sweat), spittle, eyebrows the size... Continue Reading →

Huck Finn’s Truthful Eyes

I once gave a presentation in an undergraduate grammar and usage course about the correct usage of “between you and me.”  Saying “between you and I” is incorrect.  On my handout, I included several quotes that demonstrated this usage, and I had included quotes from both Mark Twain and Samuel Clemens.  Of course, I knew... Continue Reading →

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