Andrew Kern Oct 18, 2007
I learn from Bill Neal in Gardener's Latin that Clematideus means "with long climbing branches; like clematis" and I realize once again that the benefits of Latin cannot be enumerated. Across the page I learn that columbinus means, "like a dove; flowers shaped like a group of doves." One cannot drive past a Columbine Street or see a Columbine sign or even hear the word columbine without being reminded of the sad free fall of our culture. How doubly ironic, how painful, to be reminded that the bird of peace was shot down on that day.
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Andrew Kern Oct 18, 2007
Teacher Magazine posted this fine article today by Cindi Rigsbee about how to teacher grammar in this day of IM and pop culture. She makes some very sound suggestions, like mini-lessons and connecting to students in their actual experience.
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Andrew Kern Oct 16, 2007
The Confederate States lost the War Between the States because they had no constitutional right to succeed.
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Andrew Kern Oct 15, 2007
RV Young puts it this way:
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Andrew Kern Oct 15, 2007
When I was a child, my creative writing teacher (the immortal Mrs. Holm) mentioned a then current cigarette commercial that used the tag line, "Winston takes good, like a cigarette should. So what do you want, good grammar or good taste?"
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Andrew Kern Oct 15, 2007
In his classic On the Art of Writing Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch (pronounced more or less "Killer Coosh") said this:
You have not been left altogether without clue to the secret of what Style is. That you must master teh secret for yourselves lay implicit in our bargain, and you were never promised that a writer's training would be easy. Yet a clue was certainly put in your hands when, having insisted that literature is a living art, I added that therefore it must be personal and of its essence personal.
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Andrew Kern Oct 13, 2007
You may or may not like the politics, but the point about words is vital and very funny!  http://www.comedycentral.com/motherload/index.jhtml?ml_video=111009
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Andrew Kern Oct 11, 2007
Love humility as the mediating sister of all the virtues. She is our entry to all the pleasures of heaven and earth.
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Andrew Kern Oct 11, 2007
A good solution accepts also the limitations of discipline. Agricultural problems should receive solutions that are agricultural, not technological or economic.
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Andrew Kern Oct 11, 2007
Public opinion saddles the Christian college with inadequate reasons for existing, reasons the college cannot accept if it is to conceive and implement its task effectively and as a whole. Faulty expectations generate public relations problems and these add a needless burden to the problems of higher education today.
Arthur Holmes: The Idea of a Christian College
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