Off a-visitin’.

You think I'm impressed by five degrees?

Warning: This post is about as unconnected to language or linguistics as I am to Kevin Bacon…who was in “A Few Good Men” with Tom Cruise, who was in “Rain Man” with Dustin Hoffman, who was in “Little Big Man” with Faye Dunaway, who was in “Mommy Dearest” with Mara Hobel, who was one of my childhood friends.

Which I guess would mean that this post is only 5 degrees of separation from linguistics.


Do not bother me unless you can get it to three degrees.

A few months ago, I was reading through some of the blogs on my reading list, and I linked to this post on the blog Three Cat Yard. The Peppers were a group of kittens being fostered by Robyn at Love and Hisses. The post described the genetics of the kittens’ coloring. This made me extremely curious about my own cats, so I took up the author’s invitation to send in a question, and I got an awesome response.

A few weeks later, I got an email from Kate, who runs the blog From Alone to Home: Stories of Adopted Pets.  She’d seen the post about my girls and wanted to know if I’d write their story for her blog. Of course I did! So, I wrote and she posted yesterday. So if anyone is interested, pop on over and find out how I found my girls.

I’m out of town for the next few days, and when I come back, I’ll be back to posting and commenting more regularly. Have a great week, everyone!

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Am I a teacher or a twit?

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I’m off a-visitin’ today!

Renee at Lessons from Teachers and Twits has generously given Wednesdays at her blog to those who have stories to tell of a teacher who was particularly memorable or who had an influence in their lives. It’s her TWITS series: Teachers Who I Think Scored or Teachers Who I Think Sucked. And today, that’s where I’ll be. Just click on the smart, talented and lovely lady to the right!

I feel I need to offer a quick explanation of the teacher I chose to discuss. For many, including me, the first thing that comes to mind when we hear “a teacher who had an influence” is our favorite teacher, or the one who made a positive impact on us. When I started brainstorming to write my guest post, I was certainly starting with the positive role models I had over the years. Continue reading