Archive for December, 2009

[I’m bidding adieu to 2009 in English Major mode.] Lake Superior State University in Michigan has released its annual List of Words to Be Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness.1 While “shovel-ready” topped their list, I was happiest to see their call for banishing all “czars.” I have always hated this […]


Here’s another story about an unusual situation my wife and I encountered while traveling, that happened in part because of Robin’s multiple sclerosis.   About 15 years ago, Robin and I took a vacation in New Mexico.  We absolutely loved it.  You have to love a state that not only has the roadrunner as its Official State Bird […]