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Tips on wrapping presents Home Life / Suddenly Single

Hello everyone: With the Christmas season upon us, it seemed like a nice idea to offer some tips on wrapping presents. First, make sure you have scissors, scotch tape (sorry fellows, this is not the place for your beloved duct tape, no matter how tempting that seems!), gift tags (you can buy them in bulk in the Christmas section of most food stores), wrapping paper,...

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Preparing for Final Exams College Life / Suddenly Single

Hello everyone: This is the time of the semester when final exams take place. You need to be prepared for them, since they can have a profound effect on your final grade for a class. First, begin preparations the first day of class (too late for some of you for this semester, I know!). Take good notes, making sure that you make a special note...

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How to avoid flunking your online class College Life / Suddenly Single

Hi everyone: A student emailed me today, in a panic about failing the writing class I am teaching at a major online college. Here is what I told her about writing an assignment: Please read all instructions carefully before you begin to write. Please write the document that the instructions call for. Look at each assignment as a separate and distinct document and do not...

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News from your blogger Home Life / Suddenly Single

Hello everyone: Today’s blog is about following your dreams. Perhaps this does not seem to fit the category of being practical, but I would argue that it does. Folks sometimes spend a great deal of time and money being trained for a job that they quickly decide they detest. This is very sad; as the old saying goes, “Find a job you love and you...

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Decorating your Christmas tree from a former interior decorator Books / Home Life / Suddenly Single

Hi Everyone: Today’s blog is just for fun. Since many folks will start decorating their tree in the coming weeks, I wanted to jump in with ideas for making your tree look superb. First, don’t decorate your tree like the stores do theirs. Keep in mind that they want to sell ornaments (or trees or both) and they will therefore put the ornaments on the...

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What to do when you ask for a favor from the prof College Life / Suddenly Single

Hello everyone: With the end of the semester looming for some of my students, and mid-terms just over for others, it seemed appropriate to make some suggestions regarding asking for favors. One thing: do not ask for repeated favors. Do not use the circular argument that “you did it last time, so you should do this for me this time.” You may have gotten grace...

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Basic writing tips for college students College Life / Suddenly Single / Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: Today’s blog is on writing for college. Having taught college for 11 years, there are some tips I would like to share with you. First, please use commas with introductory words and phrases. An example of an introductory word is seen in my previous sentence. If you are looking for an introductory phrase, I just gave you one in this sentence. These phrases...

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