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Why Read MINDING THE MUSE, A Handbook for Painters, Composers, Writers, and Other Creators by Priscilla Long, if you have read The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, and such?

Minding the Muse, A Handbook for Painters, Composers, Writers, and Other Creators by Priscilla Long, Coffeetown Press, Seattle, 2016 Priscilla Long’s slim handbook for artists suggests ways to refl… Source: Why Read MINDING THE MUSE, A Handbook for Painters, Composers, Writers, and Other Creators by Priscilla Long, if you have read The Artist's Way by… Continue reading Why Read MINDING THE MUSE, A Handbook for Painters, Composers, Writers, and Other Creators by Priscilla Long, if you have read The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, and such?

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The Weird Rules of Adjective Order

Native speakers may not know these rules exist. We have learned them by ear. English language learners will sound more fluent if they practice this adjective order: place (first, last, next ...) quantity or number opinion/quality (general before specific) size, length, height ... temperature age condition (spotless, shiny, new ...) shape color origin/nationality material (wood, paper,… Continue reading The Weird Rules of Adjective Order

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Seattle Sights to See Now—for immigrants, long-time residents, and visitors: MOOD INDIGO

Mood Indigo: Textiles From Around the World, a wonderful show including indigo-dyed textiles from Africa and worker clothing from France and Japan at the Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill. There is a fabulous new giant cloth sculpture hanging from the ceiling. You can walk into it and be surrounded by blue.… Continue reading Seattle Sights to See Now—for immigrants, long-time residents, and visitors: MOOD INDIGO

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Who Invented Memorial Day, and What does Memorial Day mean now?

The post office closes. Banks close. Schools take the day off. Stores mount sales. It is a national holiday.   On Memorial Day most families relax, maybe out of town because Memorial Day always falls on a Monday and gives us a three-day weekend. Most Americans plan for Memorial Day as they do for any… Continue reading Who Invented Memorial Day, and What does Memorial Day mean now?

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Elena Hartwell interviewed me! (Pam)

Spotlight on writer and scientist, Pamela Hobart Carter Pam grew up in Montreal. A geologist by training, Pam taught everything from preschool to science pedagogy for thirty years. She practices timed writing with two Seattle groups. With Arleen Williams, she founded No Talking Dogs Press which puts out short books in easy English for immigrants. She is… Continue reading Elena Hartwell interviewed me! (Pam)

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Elena Hartwell & No Talking Dogs Press

As I head off to the Tri-TESOL conference to present No Talking Dogs: Easy Literature for Adults, I am pleased to share an interview with Elena Hartwell on Arc of a Writer. Elena began her interview with a question about writing easy novels for adults learning to read English. It was a pleasure to explain… Continue reading Elena Hartwell & No Talking Dogs Press

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Who Reads Short Books in Easy English?

Last week I sent my eighty-eight-year-old mother The Good Friends Series and The Old House Series. I wanted to show her what Arleen and I had been up to, and I thought the books might appeal. All her life, my mother has been a book worm, but now reading fat tomes is sadly out of… Continue reading Who Reads Short Books in Easy English?

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Why Flesch-Kincaid?

Why Flesch-Kincaid? We calculated the reading level of the No Talking Dogs Press books using Flesch-Kincaid for two main reasons. Most important, like our books, Flesch-Kincaid was designed for adults. Less important, we needed a well-known standard of measure. Flesch-Kincaid has a long history. It is familiar. Rudolph Flesch came up with tests for reading… Continue reading Why Flesch-Kincaid?

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Why I Wrote Short Books in Easy English

Two students nodded with sad knowledge of physical abuse. They shared the term “restraining order” with their class. They had just read this passage in James and Barry Study Black History: Tears fill Mrs. Lewis’s eyes. Her hand touches her cut lip. “Please, call me Kayla,” she says. “A beautiful name,” Lera says. “I am… Continue reading Why I Wrote Short Books in Easy English