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.)

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…

My Lucky Day

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.

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

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? 

Final Exams Prep

Final Exams Prep

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

Hold on!

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!

10 Prom Prep Tips for Parents

For over 20 years, Deborah Ann Davis informally surveyed her high school students on the topics of sex, drugs and alcohol. Regardless of the type of school environment, the results were mostly the same. Hardly anyone was actually having sex, but nearly everyone thought everybody else was doing it (except them).

The same is true about Sex On Prom Night. Hardly anyone does it, but no one believes that!

Not when Full Blown Adolescent Insecurity is pitted against Magical Prom Night Propaganda.

Prom is coming, ushered in by parental anxiety and teen confusion, and there’s nothing you can do to stop it. However, here are some tips on how to keep your teens safe on Prom Night.

  1. Have lots of conversations…all the time, not just before prom or graduation parties rear their ugly heads. Conversation should not be seasonal. If you are not talking to your kids, someone else is influencing them.
  2. With your teens, Take the Quiz, Sex Myths Believed by Inexperienced Teens. Have them PRIVATELY Take the Survey, Prom Night Sex, and come back at the end of the month to check the results.
  3. Discuss what an Ideal Prom Night would be like from start to finish. Having goals will help your teen with unexpected choices, and the expected choices.
  4. Have a Prom Plan. Lay down the rules, and define the consequences if they are not followed. This allows kids to play the parent card. (“My parents will take away the car until I graduate if I do that.”)
  5. Schedule hourly check-ins. Let them feel your presence throughout the night.
  6. Rent a Party Limo with some other parents. This insures no drunk driving, and no private time for a tryst at Lookout Point.
  7. Ask the school what precautions they are taking to insure safety. Many schools hold After Prom Parties in secret locations. A bus picks the kids up at the Prom, and takes them to an all-night activity, which is revealed once they are on the bus (Disneyland, the beach, all-night skating, Las Vegas Night in the Gym, etc.).
  8. Ensure appropriate supervision at all stages of the evening. You have to do your homework. Don’t assume it’s all covered. Verify it!
  9. Say NO to After Prom Parties that have insufficient supervision, or will be allowing alcohol. Talk to the parents hosting the party yourself. Don’t rely on your kid’s enthusiastic promotion.
  10. Hold your own After Prom Party with lots of supervision. Create a Scavenger Hunt. Play Capture the Flag. Rent Paintball. Have a Bonfire and Hotdog Roast. Hire a Band.

And remember to take a deep breath. This too shall pass.

Sex Myths Believed By Inexperienced Teens

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.

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.

I 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.–>
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

Thank you, Priscilla. It was a pleasure.

The Snow Has Come

Last year (as in Last Winter, not 2015), the snow in Connecticut was voluminous. We received record-breaking amounts that 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.