Lindsey

Choose and Chose

April 26, 2011

Choose is what you will do when given a choice. Chose is what you DID. It is past tense. We choose to go to school. We chose the University of Oklahoma.

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Loose and Lose

April 19, 2011

Loose is what a tooth is before it falls out, or the way our clothes fit after dieting! Lose is what you do with your keys or extra pounds. Example: I want to lose weight so my clothes will be loose.

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Were and Where and We’re

April 12, 2011

Were is the past tense (plural) of a BE verb, IS. There WERE too many people in the room. Where points out location–Where are all the people going? We were going where the sun shines all day. We're is for when you mean WE ARE.

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There and Their and They’re

April 5, 2011

There is for pointing out locations, or signifying something, such as: The book is over there. OR: There are too many people in the room. Their is used for possession. Their book is over there. There are too many people in their house. They're is for when you mean THEY ARE.

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Your and You’re

March 29, 2011

YOUR is possessive, and YOU'RE is for when you mean YOU ARE. When you use YOU and YOUR, you are targeting your words to one person, just like I am in this message to you.  You do not want to single out one reader because it might not apply to everyone. The only time you […]

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Use and Used

March 22, 2011

Another common mistake that others have been making frequently is the incorrect use of USE/USED. Only when you know it is wrong can you fix it. For example, if someone wrote: I do not make as many mistakes as I use to, this would be an incorrect usage. One of the most common mistakes is […]

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To Text or Not to Text

March 15, 2011

I should tell you that those who do not practice correct grammar all the time, even in an informal setting, will find themselves making the same mistakes in formal writing, but not noticing it. I had a paper come in the other day just filled with things like: U can C how this would affect […]

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Proofread

March 8, 2011

Proofreading is something you should do after letting important writing sit for a day or so. When you have been working on something for a while, your brain memorizes what it SHOULD say. When you read it over and over, your brain fills in what should be there, and you miss the errors. However, there […]

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It and That

March 1, 2011

The words IT and THAT seem to give students many problems. IT is never specific unless you have mentioned the subject in the sentence already. "It" must refer to something in the sentence. The use of the word "that" is mostly unnecessary. There is a very simple test for this. Read your sentence without using […]

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Secrets of Successful Moms #11

February 27, 2011

If our bodies are at home, but our hearts are not, our kids will know. They may believe that home isn't a great place to be either.

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Just Write Workshop – Wishes

February 26, 2011

A wish is a dream with wings. Make three wishes. Write about them. Writing is not always easy. Sometimes the blank page is terrifying. Every Saturday, I will post a writing prompt to help get that blank page filled. Stop back by anytime during the week and leave a comment with a link to your […]

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Wordless Wednesday

February 23, 2011
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Second Person

February 22, 2011

When you use YOU and YOUR, you are targeting your words to one person, just like I am this message to you. You do not want to single out one reader in formal writing because it might not apply to everyone. The only time you should be using second person, other than in direct conversation […]

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Secrets of Successful Moms #10

February 20, 2011

"Loving a child doesn't mean giving in to all his whims: to love him is to bring out the best in him, to teach him to love what is difficult." Nadia Boulanger

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Just Write Workshop – Burning Bridges

February 19, 2011

Are there any bridges you have burned behind you? Write about how to repair one of them. Writing is not always easy. Sometimes the blank page is terrifying. Every Saturday, I will post a writing prompt to help get that blank page filled. Stop back by anytime during the week and leave a comment with […]

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Wordless Wednesday – Blizzard 2011

February 16, 2011
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Active Voice

February 15, 2011

Many people make the mistake of writing in exactly the same way as they talk. When this occurs, one of the things that can happen is that we use the passive voice. Passive voice is fine in conversation, but does not translate well to written communication, because it can be really boring. The reason passive […]

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Secrets of Successful Moms #9

February 13, 2011

"Our early lessons in love and our developmental history shape the expectations we bring into marriage." Judith Viorst

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Just Write Workshop – Protect Yourself

February 12, 2011

In ancient times Aztecs covered their pyramids with earth to hide and protect them from the Spaniards. Think about your childhood. When did you need to hide or protect yourself? Writing is not always easy. Sometimes the blank page is terrifying. Every Saturday, I will post a writing prompt to help get that blank page […]

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Walking Series

February 11, 2011

Walking Series: 3-6-8   “I sometimes want to see myself as a waking flower” James Surles once said. Burns, rubs, and oils shaped the wooden stalks to form a mobile contraption. Twisted steel curled and spiraled so that it might move. Feel the freedom no other plant knows chained by roots.   Creaking of steel […]

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My Funny Valentines

February 10, 2011

The way to a man's heart may be food, but the way to a boy's heart is silly string. We have been trapped inside for over a week here in Snowklahoma. We just had to get out today, snow or not.

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Wordless Wednesday

February 9, 2011
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Writing Clearly

February 8, 2011

Welcome to the first edition of No Groan Grammar!  Grammar is one of those things than no one wants to learn and everyone has to use. I'm going to break it down and make it easy. You may even find yourself looking forward to writing that memo tomorrow! Producing clear and thoughtful writing can be […]

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Secrets of Successful Moms #8

February 6, 2011

Your child's job is to play. They need time to play for hours uninterrupted. When they play, they learn, imagine, grow.

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Just Write Workshop – A Garden of Weeds

February 5, 2011

Audre Lorde wrote, "I may be a weed in the garden of women I have loved." Write about a time when you felt that someone or something was a weed in your garden. Writing is not always easy. Sometimes the blank page is terrifying. Every Saturday, I will post a writing prompt to help get […]

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New Columns

February 4, 2011

Meeting new people is interesting when you are me. When you meet someone new, it is expected that you answer that what do you do question. The people asking this question do actually want to know the answer. However, they want a concise answer. They don't want to read the novel or even see the […]

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Secrets of Successful Moms #7

January 30, 2011

When our kids are young, we can't always tell the impact we are having on their lives. You will have to live in faith that you are having the impact you want to.

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The Thing About Art

January 29, 2011

Today was one of those days when you just feel room to breathe and to live. It was one of those weather days where you can't help but go outside and turn your face up to the sun. A January day where the temperature reaches 74 degrees should not be wasted. Its been a topsy […]

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Just Write Workshop #24 – Character

January 29, 2011

Character is the backbone to any good piece of writing whether it be the villain in the novel or the speaker in the poem. Write a character sketch in which you come up with at least 20 things that you know about your character. A few years ago I hear Kurt Vonnegut speak. He said […]

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In the Silence

January 27, 2011

  Thursday's mean Mama Kat's Writing Workshop. Yeah! Here is the prompt I chose this week. Read the quote and let it inspire your post: "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel". -Maya Angelou   In the […]

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Wordless Wednesday – Sylvia Ji Artwork

January 26, 2011
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Make Ahead Lasagna

January 24, 2011

I love lasagna. I love Italian food. I love make ahead food. 1 pound ground beef 1 pound bulk hot Italian sausage 1 can (15 ounces) pizza sauce 1 jar (14 ounces) marinara sauce 2 eggs, lightly beaten 1 carton (15 ounces) ricotta cheese 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes 1/2 […]

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Secrets of Successful Moms #6

January 23, 2011

Only by spending quantities of time with your children will you make sure that you are there for the quality moments.

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Just Write Workshop #23 – Two Idioms for the Price of One

January 22, 2011

Use the idiom, "He always has a bone to pick… In your introduction. Use the idiomatic expression, "I haven't scratched the surface…" in your conclusion. Writing is not always easy. Sometimes the blank page is terrifying. Every Saturday, I will post a writing prompt to help get that blank page filled. Stop back by anytime […]

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Oklahoma Winter

January 20, 2011
Mama

I want to imagine it is the ice that keeps me from you, but it is the water.

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Wordless Wednesday – I Miss My Puppy

January 19, 2011
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