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By June Casagrande | November 25, 2009
AIG. Lehman Bros. Countrywide. There was a time when the names of America?s business titans evoked only low-key contempt instead of the red-faced foot-stomping rage they inspire today. And, as with so many other things that make us angry enough to burst a neck vein, part of the rage we feel toward corporate crumb bums has to do with how powerless they make us feel. Well, I come to you today with a weapon ? a tiny tool for taking back a little bit of the turf to which corporate America?
By Lisa Dupuy | October 29, 2008
“Mary’s Wedding,” the new play at The Colony Theatre in Burbank, has no gowns, no “Bridezillas” and no family shenanigans, as one might expect. What it does have is thunderstorms and explosions and a large wooden circular horse, as one might not expect. It is a love story set in the Canadian prairies and European battlefields around the time of the World War I. “Mary’s Wedding” plays out in a unique blend of dreams, reality, flashbacks and flash-forwards, woven together with impressively smooth transitions.
By June Casagrande | August 22, 2007
Once upon a time, I took great pains to learn that there’s a hyphen in “passer-by,” its plural is “passers-by” and “adviser” is spelled with an e. I learned that “under way” is always two words, as is “Web site,” and when writing about a particular century, it gets the proper-name treatment, “19th Century.” What’s more, I assumed that, because I learned this stuff from an authoritative source, these choices were all “right,” rendering the alternatives “wrong,” and rendering me qualified to say so to anyone who used them.
June 1, 2005
JUNE CASAGRANDE Today, I'm thinking about smart people -- and not just my usual daydreaming about hunks like Dick Cavett and Henry Kissinger. Today I'm thinking about everyday smart people. Because while most people assume that only smart people know enough about grammar and style, the truth is that no one knows enough about these things. We're all in the same boat: you, me, Dick and Henry. For example, smart person and Daily Pilot reader Brian Flood is one of a small minority of people troubled by the widespread use of the expression "between you and I."
By June Casagrande | February 24, 2010
When I worked in a grocery store, nobody but us clerk types cared that the computer code for Anjou pears was 028. When I worked as a waitress, customers didn’t care how we rolled the silverware. When I was in sales, clients couldn’t have been less interested in how my company divvied up sales territories or how I organized my Rolodex of leads. Looking back at my professional life, I’m shocked to see how much time I spent learning stuff that was completely useless outside of the job — jobs that, 99 times out of 99, I didn’t have for long.
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