Category: Lifestyle

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Column: An argument with impact

I will admit, I was not aware of the furor surrounding the word “impact” until I sat down to look for column ideas this week – but boy oh boy, are people passionate about...

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Column: Sailing to the Grammar Isles

Question: “I have a Facebook friend who constantly mixes up ‘aisle’ and ‘isle’ in his posts. Can you write a column I could (subtly) link to him?” Answer: The grammar confusion I can address...

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Column: Who owns the market, after all?

Question: “Greetings! I always enjoy your column and now I have my own grammar question for you. The Carmel Farmers’ Market staff has been having a lively discussion about the correct punctuation for the...

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Column: Behavior modifier for itchy dogs

Five things to do when your dog chews, licks, or scratches: 1) Bring your dog to the veterinarian for a checkup. Nothing you do to address the dog’s behavior will be of much use...

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Column: When the devil sings your song

Have you ever met a Christian, especially one in leadership, and something feels off? John White describes evil emerging in us like this:  Imagine you open a piano and sing a note into it....

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Column: How shall we slay thee?

“Why does the media keep using the word ‘slain?’ Why are they sensationalizing this story? It was just an accident!” Admittedly these questions weren’t really posed to me, but I’ve decided to co-opt them...

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Column: Free rein or free reign?

Question: “Dear Grammar Guy: I got burned the other day trying to use the expression ‘free reign’ – or, rather, ‘free rein,’ as one of my friends snidely pointed out. Which is the correct...

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Column: Talking about yourself

I was recently tasked with giving an impromptu lesson on pronouns, and I thought that you, my dear readers, should enjoy the benefits of my grammatical ranting. The topic of the day: Reflexive pronouns;...