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March 27, 2008
Lately I?ve been getting a number of e-mails asking, ?Dr. Joe, what advice do you have to help kids become better writers? Can you write a column on writing?? I am flattered that you think my thoughts are worth consideration; I thought I was just another pretty face. Since you asked, I?ll take a stab at it. There are many ways to skin a cat; these are mine. Somerset Maugham said, ?There are three rules for writing; unfortunately no one knows what they are.? Good writing is difficult and even great writers rarely consider themselves truly successful at it. There?
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February 16, 2006
Lauren Oakes The things that snag my interest are myriad -- and the best place to find them is the newspaper. Jokes about Brokeback Mountain (a mother lode of material for months to come), like David Letterman's Number 8 on his Top Ten Ways You Know You're a Gay Cowboy -- "You like Ridin', Ropin' and Redecoratin'!" But what really got me was a column I recently spotted by June Casagrande , on her support for breaking the rules concerning "I" vs. "me." June, "I" beg to differ.
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By Joe Puglia | February 19, 2014
Sister Dolores was a most persnickety teacher. I had her in the eighth grade at St. Frances of Rome. I kid you not; she was the reincarnation of Baron Von Steuben. If you've been to Valley Forge, you'd understand the metaphor. The baron was the consummate drillmaster who whipped Washington's army into shape. Sister Dolores was a drill sergeant! She hammered the elements of punctuation, grammar, and sentence structure into her students and would return our essays in a sea of red. I'm not sure I got it. Since I'm from the Bronx I tend to punctuate like I speak and to add insult to injury, I'm Italian.
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By Neal Millard ? | November 12, 2009
I would like to congratulate the winners of the recent school board election. I sincerely wish you the best over the next few years. However, before I fade into the sunset, I would like to share with the community and the board the issues I see based on my conversations with parents, teachers and students in the hopes that these issues can be addressed and the problems they represent can be resolved. Financial: Financial issues will take center court and are paramount.
NEWS
July 19, 2007
A Funeral Mass has been set for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 21 at St. Bede the Venerable Church for Thomas Joseph Jeffers, Jr., who died July 5, 2007 of cardiac arrest. Born Dec. 8, 1929, Tom was baptized at Holy Redeemer Church in Montrose and was reared in La Cañada. Tom's grandparents, the Meyers family, came to Montrose in the very early 1900s and his mother and father settled in the area in 1923. The Meyers family as well as the Jeffers helped develop Montrose. Tom Jr. continued his interest in Montrose and with four other businessmen, Hugo Ebmeyer, Bob Cooke, Cliff Banks and Don Carpenter, Montrose grew.
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By Preston MacDougall | November 23, 2006
Ribosomes may make my bones, but words are just as much "me." Steven Pinker's fascinating book, The Language Instinct, didn't say it in so many words, but I think this aphorism succinctly expresses his expert perspective on "how the mind creates language." First published in 1994, by William Morrow and Co., when Pinker was a professor of brain and cognitive science at MIT, this absorbing book is now in print as a Perrennial Classic from HarperCollins Publishers. Pinker himself is now at Harvard.
NEWS
September 11, 2013
Every year, most La Cañada residents within LCUSD boundaries pay a $150 parcel tax to benefit our public schools, raising approximately $892,000. A significant portion of our parcel tax dollars (2 ¼ “Full Time Equivalent Teachers”, equating to about $145,000) is used to educate our grammar school children with computer instruction. Elementary school computer instruction specialists provide weekly curriculum-based classes. Teachings include keyboard techniques, digital citizenship, cyber safety, burning CDs and research.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 8, 2007
Tips for confidence in using the Internet and e-mails: Spell Check: Use this aspect for spelling and correct grammar. Confidential Information: Avoid confidential and sensitive subjects. The Internet is not private. Do not, under any circumstances, put your credit card on the Internet unless it is a secure site. Some companies monitor e-mails to make sure that employees are not writing personal information on business time. Avoid sending anything by e-mail that you would not want to have for public consumption.
NEWS
June 23, 2005
Valley View by Fereva My parents were old-fashioned. They tried to raise me to be lady, and I did my best. I never got the butter knife thing, though. Then I grew up and realized, oh, yeah, duh! I was in a restaurant the other day. Every waiting chair was filled by mommies and daddies and their neatly lined up kids. I was the elder in the room. I was very tired. So I sat on the floor. New-fashioned days, which lack in grace. When I was a kid in San Francisco, I rode the MUNI everywhere that I couldn't get to walking.
FEATURES
February 1, 2007
In years past, one served as a WAC while another was in the Navy Sea Bees. One used to ride bareback to grammar school while another grew up to become the principal of an elementary school and another became a junior high school counselor. Four took up nursing as a career ?one plumbed the mysteries of the universe at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory while another mastered the secret of fine wine making at a winery. Two were groundbreakers: one was one of the first four female officers appointed at the California Bank; another earned her driver's license at 14. One was born in Norway, another in Hong Kong, and yet another crossed the border from Czechoslovakia to Germany on foot.
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By Joe Puglia | February 19, 2014
Sister Dolores was a most persnickety teacher. I had her in the eighth grade at St. Frances of Rome. I kid you not; she was the reincarnation of Baron Von Steuben. If you've been to Valley Forge, you'd understand the metaphor. The baron was the consummate drillmaster who whipped Washington's army into shape. Sister Dolores was a drill sergeant! She hammered the elements of punctuation, grammar, and sentence structure into her students and would return our essays in a sea of red. I'm not sure I got it. Since I'm from the Bronx I tend to punctuate like I speak and to add insult to injury, I'm Italian.
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By Neal Millard ? | November 12, 2009
I would like to congratulate the winners of the recent school board election. I sincerely wish you the best over the next few years. However, before I fade into the sunset, I would like to share with the community and the board the issues I see based on my conversations with parents, teachers and students in the hopes that these issues can be addressed and the problems they represent can be resolved. Financial: Financial issues will take center court and are paramount.
NEWS
March 27, 2008
Lately I?ve been getting a number of e-mails asking, ?Dr. Joe, what advice do you have to help kids become better writers? Can you write a column on writing?? I am flattered that you think my thoughts are worth consideration; I thought I was just another pretty face. Since you asked, I?ll take a stab at it. There are many ways to skin a cat; these are mine. Somerset Maugham said, ?There are three rules for writing; unfortunately no one knows what they are.? Good writing is difficult and even great writers rarely consider themselves truly successful at it. There?
NEWS
February 16, 2006
Lauren Oakes The things that snag my interest are myriad -- and the best place to find them is the newspaper. Jokes about Brokeback Mountain (a mother lode of material for months to come), like David Letterman's Number 8 on his Top Ten Ways You Know You're a Gay Cowboy -- "You like Ridin', Ropin' and Redecoratin'!" But what really got me was a column I recently spotted by June Casagrande , on her support for breaking the rules concerning "I" vs. "me." June, "I" beg to differ.
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