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Why We Never Stopped Watching TV

And One Method for Watching Less

Is cable television is hurtful or helpful for our society in 2015? This is not a new question. 2015 marks the 30 year anniversary of the 1985 publication of Neil Postman's "Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business." Postman's book lays out multiple arguments that show how cable television is . . .

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July 16, 2015

An American Life Free of War

Reflection on My Trip to Kaabong, Uganda

I wrote this earlier this year (January 2015) about a week after I had returned from Uganda. I'd visited my friend Bobby Lane who lives in Northern Uganda. After I wrote this, Bobby made some changes so this is now something we co-wrote. He posted this on his blog in late January. However I wanted to share this since it is Independence . . .

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July 04, 2015

Saving Your Superlatives: Two Tips on Staying Grounded in Communication

On the use of superlatives

As an English teacher, I obsessively think about ways I can get my students to be accurate in their language. You can only write "be more specific" so many times across the top of a student's paper. To be more specific about what I mean by "be more specific" is to limit your superlatives. By limiting how much you use . . .

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Posted in: writing tips

June 24, 2015

Accuracy in Language Motivates More Than Grammar

Does "Correct Grammar" Motivate Students in English Class?

Many students who come into my English 111 believe that the primary purpose of my class is for me to change them into "grammatically correct" writers and hammer into them the ability to "speak properly." In terms of motivation, an end goal of correct grammar is not enough to make students want to change their writing or . . .

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June 17, 2015

Why Personal Stories Help Develop Relationships

I consider myself a mediocre storyteller. I'm not the kind of person who regularly takes the stage at a family gathering or a party to unravel a story. Yet on a family vacation recently, I had the chance to tell the entire story of the one time in my life where I truly thought I was going to die. I sat in a beautiful mountain house in . . .

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June 10, 2015

Summer Reading Suggestions

You can read these in 15-17 days

Have you made your summer reading list? Summer is the best time to knock out books you intend to read. If you need book suggestions, here are three I've read over the past year and highly recommend.

1. Tim Keller "Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work " You can't judge a book by its title. Keller has . . .

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Posted in: millennials

June 07, 2015

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