Photos of Umbrella Revolution from 20-year expat, Marcia Barham, who was the music teacher when I was principal of the Lower Primary School, Hong Kong International School. (I left HK in 2000.)
Sent to the The Foreign Correspondents’ Club, Hong Kong
So I read online where the FCC was asking for our photos of the Umbrella Movement. My first thoughts – oh, that’s great, I have been down four times and taken photographs trying to preserve my memories of Occupy Central; I have lots of photos; I wanted friends to know more about what is currently happening in HK. Then I thought, Oh crap, the FCC asked for photos – that is THE journalists’ club of Asia; I can never submit my photos! But why not, my perspective may be a bit different as an associate member. So here we go.
Arriving in Hong Kong July of ’94, I had little knowledge of the city, its culture or history with China. That was to quickly change. I took a teaching position at the Hong Kong International School as an adventure and it being…
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Welcome our newest participant:
Michelle of Hope* the Happy Hugger
In this amazingly competitive society of ours, how many of us truly feel good about ourselves? How often do we extend to ourselves … the same courtesies, considerations, nurturing, forgiveness and understanding we would a loved one, a friend, or even a stranger?
Our culture tells us we need to be special and above average to feel good about ourselves. Yet, it is not possible for all of us to be above…
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Meet my friend, Kathryn Ross. If you are a home schooler, you will enjoy her forthcoming book described in this YouTube video.
I count among my friends Kathryn Ross of The Writer’s Reverie.
Kathryn, Performance Storyteller, is passionate about literature, history, and biblical truths, giving performances to both home and public schooled children in the Southern New Jersey area.
Dressed in the clothing style of her time frame, she dramatizes her stories and brings them to life, much to the delight and wonder of her audiences.
Kathryn’s words describe her work:
I’m Kathryn Ross, an Enrichment Artist with a passion to bless and inspire others to a life more abundant and purposeful in all good things and beauty.
I share such treasures through the power of dramatized storytelling, blogging at The Writer’s Reverie, publishing my works through Pageant Wagon Publishing, hosting teatime hospitality retreats, and exploring handcrafted creative arts through Cameo Impressions at Etsy.
My love of God and Biblical values also permeates the original literature and history programming I write and perform for varied audiences as Pageant…
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Zombies teach about parallel structure and serial commas in this post!
In Serial Commas and Compulsive Behavior, serial comma (aka Harvard Comma and Oxford Comma) combatants duked it out over correct usage.
On my scoreboard, the serial comma won, hands down. But journalists, Brits, and Aussies don’t all agree with me.
A Bigger Problem: Parallel Structure
But a major underlying issue compounds the serial comma problem: parallel structure.
To be grammatically correct, both serial commas and parallel structure must be right in your writing.
Some of the most hilarious errors in English result from phrases that aren’t properly tracked. If you don’t know what you’re doing, phrases will deliver you straight to The Danger Zone.
Want to avoid errors with serial commas and parallel structure and keep June Casagrande’s nasty old grammar snobs from picking on your…
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Academics and journalists duke it out when it comes to using serial commas in sentences.
Serial commas (aka the Oxford comma and the Harvard Comma)
…come before conjunctions (most often before and, or)
…when used in a series (or list) of three or more words, phrases, or clauses in sentences.
What are the colors in the American flag? The academics write it this way:
The American flag is red, white, and blue. (with serial comma)
The journalists (along with the Brits and Aussies) favor this writing:
The British flag is red, white and blue. (without serial comma)
Turns out there is a long history of wordy disputes between these two deeply-rooted warring camps. Lynn Truss, a Brit and author of Eats, Shoots & Leaves, traces the conflict back hundreds of years and advises,
Never make the mistake of getting between these two groups, especially when the…
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