From my posts found in the Wayback Machine, originally published on May 12, 2009.
Okay, this is a pet peeve of mine. Maybe it’s because I’m a word guy. Maybe it’s because I know when I’m being manipulated. I’m talking about when a word or phrase is used in a context that clearly impliesthat it’s a bad thing.
From my posts found in the Wayback Machine, originally published on Aug 31, 2009.
Obamacare, National Healthcare, Healthcare Reform, Socialized Medicine – no matter how you say it, everyone’s talking about it, and almosteveryone has an opinion. On Friday, August 28, 2009, you could have attended either of two simultaneous events in Rolla on the subject. Continue reading →
From my posts found in the Wayback Machine, originally published on March 16, 2010
As a long-time lover of words and language, I’m both amused and disgusted by the popular trend of just making up new words as we need them. I’m amused on one hand, because it’s a constant source of entertainment for me (it doesn’t take much), but I’m also disgusted in a way. I’m disgusted because I respect the language, and I want to preserve it as much as Continue reading →
From my posts found in the Wayback Machine, originally published on April 1, 2010.
This business of finding and declaring words invalid is a sticky one. So before I introduce you to the latest lame word of the week (it’s a real gem), I want to explain my methodology. Although explaining my methods would have sufficed, explaining my methodology makes me sound so much more sophisticated, don’t you think? Continue reading →
That phrase makes me cringe. When I hear those words, the first thing I think is, “Wait a minute – do you mean you weren’t already being honest? You have to tell me you’re getting ready to be truthful?” Naturally, I tend to think some part of Continue reading →
When we talk about life skills in the ATA, (Honesty, Self-Esteem, Discipline, Communication, etc.) it’s interesting to me how much they overlap. Not only the foundational six life skills that we focus on at ATA, but the four or five dozen other Continue reading →
For many who live on the cutting edge of technology, the possibilities that abound with the Internet of Things (IoT) are endless fodder for all-night conversations – or all day for that matter. Don’t believe it? Just pop into any coffee house at a tech college campus, find a table with a few IT or Robotics students and bring it up. You’ll have giddy conversation flowing faster than mocha caffé lattes in no time.
Self-esteem is one of the most important keys in a child’s development – especially in the first five years of life. This characteristic is crucial to their success – from forming friendships, Continue reading →