Monthly Archives: December 2011

CHRISTMAS BIRTHDAYS OF THE FAMOUS

December 25th–another birthday! I’m in good company. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Washington Irving were born on December 25th, as was Sir Issac Newton, Clara Barton, Anwar Sadat, Humphrey Bogart, Tony Martin, and Sissy Spacek. And, believe it or not, Robert … Continue reading

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Garrison Keilor’s Writer’s Almanac

I look forward to  email’s from Garrison Keilor’s Writer’s Almanac. In addition to a daily  poem, the site includes tidbits of information on the birthdays of famous writers and poets along with remembrances of happenings on that particular day. On … Continue reading

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Birthdays

Birthdays have been problematical for me–even when I was younger.  When people check my ID and note my birthday, they always light up and either  say,”Oh, “A Christmas birthday, how wonderful!  Or they say, “Oh, a Christmas birthday–you poor thing; … Continue reading

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GRAMMAR AND LANGUAGE THAT MAKE ME CRINGE

Frank McGowan and I have been exchanging emails that bemoan the poor use of grammar, and recently he wrote: “One thing that’s been bugging me is the apparent disappearance of the indefinite article ‘an’ before nouns starting with vowels.  Somehow … Continue reading

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