Showing posts from February, 2016

Why don't you talk to me?

Sherry Turkle, an author and M.I.T. professor of Science, Technology, and Society recently wrote in  "Stop Googling. Let's Talk"  that college age students cannot carry on a face-to-face conversation. She cites plenty of statistics to show that most believe that using "phones in social settings hurt the conversation," but apparently we either don't care, don't know how to carry on a conversation, or can't put them down. There are plenty of anecdotes from young people who want the fairy tale life where families sit around the dinner table and share their day while speaking "enthusiastically" about the rule of three--at least three people must be conversing before you can check your phone. According to Turkle, this loss of conversation leads to a loss of empathy and an inability to just be quiet with one's thoughts. We must be secure with ourselves before "we are able to really hear what other people have to say." But

Wanna be my Valentin?

Then you better learn how to spell ... and how to use whom while practicing good grammar. Grammarly found that American adults prefer grammar over confidence when it comes to a potential date. What? Who wants to date someone who can't spell hart (as in Valentine) correctly? Maybe he or she just typed in the wrong word, unless of course, you are a doe looking for love. Who makes the most mistakes in their online profile - women. Who uses more words - men. So why do you think that good grammar is more likely to help you win the heart of your future love?

August 29th started just like any other day . . .

Pompeii, August 29, 79 . The day begins with a slight rumbling coming from Mt. Vesuvius and things just get buried from there, literally. By the end of the day nothing visible remained of Pompeii or neighboring Herculaneum. Since its (re)discovery in 1599 historians and tourists alike have been fascinated by the former Roman tourist town. Buried by tons of volcanic ash, and thereby preserved, tourists can now walk the streets past houses, shops, baths, aqueducts, amphitheaters, and villas. Pompeii was home to the rich and famous where one could see Kimbius Kardashius and her favorite senators and gladiators as they strolled the walkways and gardens enjoying beautiful weather, great outdoor sports and entertainment, sumptuous feasts, and delicate wines. This video depicting the destruction of Pompeii was produced in conjunction with an exhibit called " A Day in Pompeii , held at the Melbourne Museum in 2009, [which] gave its more than 330,000 visitors a chance to experience