Tag Archives: English

I Have Learned Less About Writing

“I have learned less about writing and received less encouragement from English instructors than I have from reading or listening to a working artist relate how a single creation- poem, play, short story, novel- was brought to life and to … Continue reading

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To Stay Or Leave?

Is it only me? Are you by any chance also troubled by this talk of referendum? During the past few days when I watch the news on TV and I listen to people talk about leaving Montreal and Quebec, to … Continue reading

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The Most Uneducated, The Most Unimaginative, The Most Unthinking

Plato wrote: “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”  Last week when I heard that a woman from Gatineau was fined because … Continue reading

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Book Love

Over a telephone conversation with my niece the other day she told me she was very happy this year in school. “I have a new English teacher and he is amazing,” she said. “Makes me want to learn.” My niece … Continue reading

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Because That’s The Rule

Many years ago when my daughter was just three years old and hadn’t started school yet, I thought it would be fun to teach her Armenian at home. Merely the basics, starting with the alphabet, and then why not spelling … Continue reading

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The Only Thing I Don’t Worry About Is Spelling

From the moment I post an article on my blog until I post the next one I am constantly thinking and worrying. I fret about the content, about my paragraphs and sentences, about the words I have used, about structure, … Continue reading

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Simple Or Complex Sentences

Are you a fan of writing long sentences or do you prefer to always write short and simple ones? I am not an advocate of English grammar. In fact I don’t think I would be able to list some of … Continue reading

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Have English Courses Killed Literature

Years ago while I was a student in university I wanted to take a course in English as an elective. Not knowing exactly which one to take, I went and met with the dean of the department. After I mentioned … Continue reading

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Books Can Be Dangerous

William Styron wrote: “A good book should leave you… slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading it.” Have you ever thought how books, whether good or bad, whether we like them or not, change our lives? We … Continue reading

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She’s A Real

“But the fact is, she [the muse] won’t be summoned. She alights when it damn well pleases her. She falls in love with one artist, then deserts him for another. She’s a real bitch!” Erica Jong Have you seen the movie … Continue reading

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