March 14, 2009
Is it just me or is work a woeful misery for everyone lately? With the state of the world right now it feels as if a cloud of doom is hovering over the work week. Budget cuts mean doing the same job with fewer resources. Co-workers who have become friends are moving on to new jobs. Good people are getting laid off, fueling anxiety over the next layoff. I am afraid of taking any phone call for fear of more problems or bad news. But I’m glad I picked up one particular call recently.
October 21, 2009
Grammar can be intimidating. I?ve been saying for years that this is a bad thing. Fear isn?t conducive to learning. And it can keep you from ever realizing that grammar is a lot easier, more intuitive and more useful than most people know. That?s my official position, anyway. But today I?ll make a little confession: Sometimes grammar intimidation is good. You know the times I?m talking about, like when some blowhard corners you at a cocktail party to patronizingly explain how much better off we?
August 16, 2001
Gary Durrett Good morning kids. It was yet another light news week, so the bile-o-meter barely moved the needle. But I found a few nuggets hiding in the bottom of the bag, so read along with me, and try not to move your lips. So, I see that some residents of La Crescenta are concerned that the recent posting of signs warning of mountain lions will cause panic and lower property values. Let me clue you in on something: With the recent spate of shootings, murders and assorted muggings, the usual compliment of brain-dead motorists adrift in a cigarette and cell-phone anarchic fog and developers preparing to pave the hillsides and move Glendale's infrastructure toward the density of Tokyo's, the mountain lion isn't the animal lowering property values in this corner of the world.