Tag Archives: language

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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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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I Promise You Writers

Yesterday morning I woke up earlier than usual so I could finish the book I was reading before I sat down at my desk to write. I had only about fifty pages left. That was a huge mistake. Because after … 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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Cut Away Everything

Blaise Pascal once wrote: “I’m sorry I wrote you such a long letter; I didn’t have time to write a short one.” Pascal’s apology is contrary to the common belief that to write longer we need more time. We have … Continue reading

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The Craze Behind Fifty Shades Of Grey

I read an interesting article the other day in The Atlantic Wire, ‘The Alleged Sexiness of 50 Shades of Grey’ by Jen Doll, reviewing and criticizing the book which as you all probably know is at the top of the … Continue reading

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Behind The Scenes Part Two

As I promised yesterday, here’s more from the interesting and revealing interview Irving Wallace, the great American writer, had with the judges of the Nobel Prize, in Sweden. “I wanted more of Dr. Hedin’s behind-the-scenes anecdotes. I knew that this … Continue reading

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Set The Ripples Of Imagination

“I believe that any short story can become a novel, and any novel can be converted into a short story or into a poem.” Joyce Carol Oates A short story is not the same as a novel, and the two … Continue reading

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