Learning to Grow

A beautiful long sentence about long sentences – Long Sentence #2

Pico Iyer wrote a playful and eloquent article for the┬áLos Angeles Times about his decision to write long sentences as a form of protest against our world’s obsession with speed. He explained that as a young journalist he had succumbed to the need for speed and crunched his writing into short soundbites, but as he…
Read more

Fear: a Curse Upon Me

This is an essay about overcoming fear and anxiety using different techniques such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. The following topics are covered: What is Your Worst Possible Outcome? A Curse Upon Me: Fear My Journey with Fear Magical Thinking Facing the Worst Possible Outcome The Techniques: Decatastrophizing Finding the Good Further Reading What is Your…
Read more

Cool Twitter Resources

Twitter Tips for Twitter Chicks This list of twitter resources and secondary applications will help you run your twitter effectively and with less effort: (Updated June 2011)

What is grammar?

So, what is grammar?  One of the best definitions of grammar that I have heard comes from a book called The Practice of English Language Teaching (link opens book on Scribd), which defines grammar as: “the description of the ways in which words can change their forms and be combined to form sentences.“ For example, “I pie…
Read more

25 Reasons to Read William Gibson’s Neuromancer

For the writers (and readers) out there who have not read (or who have not finished reading) William Gibson’s Neuromancer NEUROMANCER!  Well, I don’t want to come across as a book snob, but I do have to ask: How can you call yourself a well-read fictionado without having read Neuromancer?  (In classic Lily-style) I’m going…
Read more

7 Types of Sentence Fragments and How to Use Them

This article about the different types of sentences in English is for beginner to advanced native and ESL students and teachers. In short, everyone can get something from this look at the different types of sentences that exist in the English language. For a shortened version of this lesson, download my lesson, Advanced Sentences, and…
Read more

It’s Time for Accountable Content on Blogs

Information Overload We live in what is called the ‘information age’ and the world has been called the ‘Content Nation‘; people are now able to create content at rates that were truly unreachable even 20 years ago, and share that with people on the other side of the world.  It’s amazing–and very overwhelming.  Pete Cashmore…
Read more

Twitter for Beginners: Exploring your Interests & Making Connections

Learning & trying new things can be intimidating Late last year, my friend Rebecca, an artist in Vancouver, told me that I needed to join Twitter because it would connect me with all sorts of people who are passionate about the things that I’m passionate about.  I had been a user of Facebook since 2007…
Read more

The single biggest predictor of obesity is low income

This evening I watched the documentary, Food, Inc., which exposes huge flaws in our food system and explains why unhealthy food is cheaper than healthy food (see this in-depth post). Somewhere near the middle of the documentary, they flashed the statement, “the largest predictor of obesity is low income” and it made a lightbulb go…
Read more

Most frequently used words in English

Did you know that the average person uses only 2000-5000 words on a daily basis? One of the most important tools I use as an English, ESL & Literacy teacher is a most frequently-used-words list. It is possible to make countless vocabulary exercises & games from the crucial 2000 most frequently used words, and they…
Read more