20 Minutes Can Change Your Life

It’s true. 20 Minutes can change your life…depending on how you fill those 20 minutes. Do you have 20 minutes to learn how to help the planet? Or 20 minutes to share with your family? How about 20 minutes to examine your life? Or to feel more empowered?

What if you could do all of those things in the same 20 minutes?

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10 Mistakes To Avoid In English


Having trouble with English? Of course you are. English is one convoluted confusing language, unlike the blissfully simplistic realm of Science. As a Wordsmith, and not as a Science cruncher, let me share 10 Mistakes To Avoid In English.

  1. Flammable, Inflammable, and Unflammable mean the same thing: Burnable. (Okay, Unflammable is not a real word, but if it was, it would mean Burnable.)
  2. About shapes: the ring on your finger is round; a boxing ring is…square? An earring can be any shape, but a ringing ear is annoying.
  3. A slim chance and a fat chance are the same thing, but at least they aren’t no chance.
  4. There is no apple in pineapple, nor is there a pine, just like there is no egg in eggplant, nor is there a plant…well, it is actually a plant.
  5. Remember: writers write but fingers don’t fing, grocers don’t groce and hammers don’t ham.
  6. Food for thought: If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?
  7. Family crises: we speak of a brother and also of brethren, but though we say mother, never say methren. Father is Dad, but thank goodness Mother is not Mad, but both will tell you to watch your mouth (which you simply cannot do without a mirror).
  8. What do you expect from a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out, and in which an alarm goes off by going on?
  9. Do people recite at a play and play at a recital in other tongues? Do their noses run and their feet smell in Chinese? Do they park in a driveway and drive in a parkway in Spanish? Is a wise man the opposite of a wise guy in Polish?
  10. Singular is one; Plural is many. Usually you pluralize by adding an S to the end of the word.

Example: 1 dog … 2 dogs

Now, you try: rhinoceros … 2 ___?___

Answer: rhinoceros … 2 rhinos

bug rhino bird

 QUIZ TIME!  To fill in the blanks, write the plural answers in the comment box:

1 pan … 2 ___?___

1 man … 2 ___?___

1 box … 2 ___?___

1 ox … 2 ___?___

1 goose … 2 ___?___

1 moose … 2 ___?___

1 mouse … 2 ___?___

1 house … 2 ___?___

1 foot … 2 ___?___

1 boot … 2 ___?___

1 tooth … 2 ___?___

1 booth … 2 ___?___

exam thinking capI leave you with this thought as the school year starts: If you have a bunch of odds and ends, and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?


Hey, don’t blame me. I’m a Science Geek. English is all Greek to me. I’ve given you just 10 Mistakes To Avoid In English. If you have some more words of wisdom, please share…


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Back to School


It’s Back To School Time!

The first hint that school is around the corner is the suddenly cool evenings in August. The second is the first orange leaves scattered among the trees. The third is the endless commercials for Back to School sales. I decided to celebrate the return to academia with my own way…
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My Lucky Day

pinchot tree

112 degrees? That couldn’t be right. This is Connecticut!

But that’s what my car thermometer read as I eased my car over to the side of the curved road onto a random piece of pavement in the middle of the brush.

It was my lucky day! Lucky that I had not lost control of my car when the you-ran-over-something-big-and-metal sound assaulted my ears. Lucky there was pavement the perfect size for my car to sit on. Lucky this hadn’t happened when my mom was in the car with me. Lucky that I was in the shade. Lucky I had AAA. Lucky I had a really big water bottle.

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No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

tortoise on curb

I just got slashed by a talon while trying to rescue an animal. It just goes to show,

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished.

OK, yes, the talon belong to a turtle…Correction…A tortoise (I just looked up the difference between a turtle and a tortoise). But he was a really BIG TORTOISE, probably a foot in diameter. He was trying to cross the road, so I had to help him across so he wouldn’t get hit by a car, right?  Read more ›

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Final Exams Prep

Final Exams Prep

It’s June! Everyone’s thoughts turn to summer vacation.

Hold on!exam gene wilder



If you are a teenager, your thoughts need to turn towards Final Exams Prep…Again. You know that yucky feeling you get in the pit of your stomach at the mere mention of exams? I have a way to minimize it.

Get Organized!

Set Up A Study Schedule. Don’t wait for your school to hand out the exam schedule. The administration knows what it is already. Go get a copy! Read more ›

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Sex Myths Believed By Inexperienced Teens

teen cirlce

Warning- This post does not handle this conversation delicately. It is frank and to the point.

As a teacher, I’ve heard it all (okay, maybe not all, but I’ve heard a lot). Students have soooo many misconceptions about their bodies, about how others see them, and about what is going on socially in their school. As a Biology Teacher, I get to debunk the Sex Myths Believed By Inexperienced Teens. The funny thing is the same misconceptions are repeated every year, no matter where I’m teaching. Take the Prom Night Sex survey, then take the Quiz below.

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Inner Tigress by Priscilla Wainwright

I met a remarkable woman last month. Priscilla Wainwright was smart and sassy…and fighting an illness. She was on a mission to help women reclaim the inner feminine strength with which they were born, their Inner Tigress. You can learn more about The Inner Tigress by Priscilla Wainwright by visiting her website http://www.innertigress.com

I’m sharing a video of hers so you can see what a fighter she is.

growing courageous girlsI was very touched when she gave me a copy of her book, Growing Courageous Girls. It turned out to be a perfect companion book to my upcoming workbook, A Girls Guide to Good Guys. I got all revved up with ideas and possibilities of how we could help young females.

Here’s my copy. You can see all my tabs marking useful info…and I’m not even done with it yet.–>growing courageous girls

I received it March 10th. Today, less than a month later, I found out that we lost Priscilla. I never got to tell her how wonderful I thought her work is, or to share my ideas of how we can help, so I’m telling you. Grab a mug of something hot and visit her website for a while. It might change your life.

Sister, we are a force to be reckoned with. We now outnumber men on the planet. More women than men have college degrees. We also hold 70% of the economic buying power. Also, while male power is authority-based and top-down, women’s power is horizontal, maximized through connection with others. Get women going and there’s no stopping us! While men have physical strength, we have stamina. We are good for the long haul.…no wonder the Energizer Bunny is pink!     By Dr. Priscilla Wainwright

Priscilla Wainwright

Deborah Ann Davis and Dr. Priscilla Wainwright, March 2016

Thank you, Priscilla. It was a pleasure.

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8 Hours For Everything Else

grocery shopping

To paraphrase Jamie K. Schmidt from her fabulous workshop on Writing Novellas, there are 24 hours in a day. That breaks down into:

8 hours of sleep

8 hours of work

8 hours for everything else

8 hours for everything else?

That’s huge! That’s 56 hours a week! That’s more than enough time to fit in everything, including writing and exercise (and laundry, grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, and most importantly, nurturing the important relationships in your life). Read more ›

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The Snow Has Come

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Last year (as in Last Winter, not 2015), the snow in Connecticut was voluminous. We received record-breaking amounts chair in snowthat fell on the previous record-breaking amounts. The snow was too deep to plow the lake for hockey, but some of the ice-fishermen were not deterred.
My neighbor’s Adirondacks chairs were completely buried in snow for a month. I took this picture after a few days of warmer weather. Read more ›

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