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  • Birthday 09/18/1957

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    writing, reading, YouTube, politics, history, science fiction, gay rights,

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  1. As a fan of British mysteries, I fell in love with the story and recommended it to all my friends. And despite the category in which it was listed, there is nothing questionable in the story. I hope to find a sequel with more sleuthing along the Cam!
  2. I was stunned that Oklahoma legalized medicinal marijuana. I thought it was one of the signs of the Apocalypse. I don't use anymore, but I support it's legalization. My nephew was injured in an accident and became addicted to opioids (Big Pharma will burn in Hell for how they have addicted so many in America to their poison). Cannabis can be such a far more effective substitute and far less dangerous. My nephew might be alive today had he had legal access to medicinal cannabis. On a lighter note, I was amused to see a picture of the Canadian flag with the maple leaf substituted by a marijuana leaf!
  3. How did I miss this gem when it first came out? When did it first come out? I love it! I saw the link on the AD Homepage under Dude's Picks and I just finished the first chapter. I'm in love with Aidan. Then again, I have a thing for smart-asses. It's well-written, snarky in that perfect adolescent way, realistic in the way teens think--or the way I think they think forty years after I was a teen. And I am in love with the title pic--copper hair, glasses, that liberal nerdy look... What a great story! Only one chapter in, but I have to say, "Good work, Frederic!"
  4. I quite enjoy Kewl Dad's stories and I believe he may be from my home town, as at least one of his stories is set here. I would like to see his stories here.
  5. I wish I could post Des's comment in the comment section of the article on the Washington Post site. That is priceless!
  6. Once again, Science comes to the rescue! Or, does it? Washington Post
  7. There is an interesting article in The Guardian regarding the evolution of English in the era of the Internet and how one's rules and style vary according to context. Some old fogeys, (me), are sticklers for the old grammatical rules, (my editor might raise an eyebrow reading that), but the new conventions of Internet writing actually make reading easier and more comprehensible (according to the author, the style editor for Buzzfeed--having read Buzzfeed, I think "style editor for Buzzfeed" might be an oxymoron). https://www.theguardian.com/technology/booksblog/2017/dec/07/internet-online-news-social-media-changes-language
  8. There is an interesting article in The Guardian regarding the evolution of English in the era of the Internet and how one's rules and style vary according to context. Some old fogeys, (me), are sticklers for the old grammatical rules, (my editor might raise an eyebrow reading that), but the new conventions of Internet writing actually make reading easier and more comprehensible (according to the author, the style editor for Buzzfeed--having read Buzzfeed, I think "style editor for Buzzfeed" might be an oxymoron). https://www.theguardian.com/technology/booksblog/2017/dec/07/internet-online-news-social-media-changes-language
  9. This story truly spoke to me and affected me deeply. Cole's stories are so great because there is always something in them that helps the reader, speaks to the reader, finds something inside the reader that responds and grows as a result of reading his story. This is one of his best--but then, I always say that.
  10. Congratulations to the Featured Writer for August, Joel! He is an excellent choice! His work is excellent. Tom Browning's School Days is a delight for anyone who enjoys the canon of the English Public School story. His attention to detail and the historical research and the references to scientific work and studies occurring at the time of the story are remarkable and delightful to read. Strong characters and an engaging plot. I've already sung this story's praises, so let me also praise Mystery and Mayhem at St. Mark's, a story set at Cambridge University, and Flip's Tale. Joel is a great choice for this month's featured writer.
  11. Congratulations to the Featured Writer for August, Joel! He is an excellent choice! His work is excellent. Tom Browning's School Days is a delight for anyone who enjoys the canon of the English Public School story. His attention to detail and the historical research and the references to scientific work and studies occurring at the time of the story are remarkable and delightful to read. Strong characters and an engaging plot. I've already sung this story's praises, so let me also praise Mystery and Mayhem at St. Mark's, a story set at Cambridge University, and Flip's Tale. Joel is a great choice for this month's featured writer.
  12. ... has passed away. June Foray was the voice of Rocky the Squirrel, Boris Badinov's girlfriend Natasha, Dudley Dooright's girlfriend Nell, Tweetie Bird's owner, and the original Betty Rubble, as well as the voice of the Chatty Cathy doll. She was 99. For those of us who grew up on Saturday morning cartoons in the 60's, this is a sad day. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/june-foray-voice-of-rocky-the-flying-squirrel-dead-at-99/
  13. The Guardian has an interesting article on the evolution of the English Language and whether American English is choking out traditional English English. One point I found interesting is that colonists in the Americas and speakers of English in the homeland spoke a very similar English before the American Revolution. Apparently, it was not until the mid-to-late eighteenth-century that the upper classes and speakers in London and the southeast began to drop their "r's", or speak with non-rhotic English. This is called the "received pronunciation," (received from whom?). Today only three percent of the UK speak with received pronunciation. I notice that many of the news readers on the BBC World Service now DO pronounce their "r's". Interesting look at the evolution of English and what it means to be English. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jul/24/worry-americanisation-english-linguists And a related article, "Do You Want Fried With That?" https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/13/american-english-language-study
  14. The Guardian has an interesting article on the evolution of the English Language and whether American English is choking out traditional English English. One point I found interesting is that colonists in the Americas and speakers of English in the homeland spoke a very similar English before the American Revolution. Apparently, it was not until the mid-to-late eighteenth-century that the upper classes and speakers in London and the southeast began to drop their "r's", or speak with non-rhotic English. This is called the "received pronunciation," (received from whom?). Today only three percent of the UK speak with received pronunciation. I notice that many of the news readers on the BBC World Service now DO pronounce their "r's". Interesting look at the evolution of English and what it means to be English. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jul/24/worry-americanisation-english-linguists And a related article, "Do You Want Fried With That?" https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/13/american-english-language-study
  15. No, the Comma Queen is not a gay grammarian. She is Mary Norris, the proofreader at The New Yorker, and she has a delightful series of videos, two seasons of sixteen each, covering different topics in writing from the POV of The New Yorker. It's done in a clever and entertaining, as well as an informative, way. I think many on AD may enjoy the short five to ten minute offerings and find them helpful. She's commenting from an American perspective--albeit a literate American perspective--so our British friends, may still enjoy and find it of help. Oh, and SHE likes the Oxford Comma, so there! Pfft. Speaking of the Oxford Comma, Christopher Rice, son of Anne Rice and an author of note in his own right, recently remarked on Facebook that he now decides which men he will date depending on how passionate they are about the Oxford Comma! :-) http://video.newyorker.com/series/comma-queen
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