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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!!

I pray that you and yours have a great Christmas and that celebrating the birth of Christ will bring you closer to the one true God.

Have a great Christmas!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The Funniest Thing I Heard Today - 12.24.08


Mr. Parker, played by Darren McGavin, on The Christmas Story, when he is angry at his wife for breaking his "major award."

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Funniest Thing I Heard Today - 12.10.08

The note G makes our china sing and coffee makes our mugs buzz.

My daugher, Jessica. It would take too long to explain.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

In the Beginning

A friend of mine has recently had a book published. It is entitled In the Beginning (click title to see it on Amazon) by Leanne Thomas. It is a retelling of the first seven chapters of Genesis.

You can read sections of this book from her blog Leanne Thomas Writes.

If you are needing a Christmas gift for someone, purchase this unique book for them. They will love it.

Monday, December 01, 2008

That "That" That I Use

As an instructor and as someone who writes my thoughts down regularly, I try to continually educate myself on proper grammar, sentence structure, and other issues in the English language (I will deal with my use of the comma before "and" in another post). I have noticed THAT I have spent a great deal of time talking to students about the use of that word "that."

It has been my experience that most of the time, when "that" is used, it is really not needed, it can be simply eliminated from the sentence, and the sentence would read just as well. However, there are times it must be used. So I set out on a quest to find when and when not to use the word "that." I came across some helpful articles.

This article shows THAT the sentence, "He said that that 'that' that that man used was wrong" is a grammatically correct sentence and why it is so.

This article is a brief summary of the rules of when to use "which" and when to use "that."

This article gives the rules again but in a more technical sense (restrictive and non-restrictive clauses).

Sometimes when I read students papers, I can mark out about 80% of their uses of the word "that" and it reads great. However, these articles have helped me judge when it is time to use THAT word and when it is not.

I hope THAT this has helped you, too.