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Idioms Away and Dialect Demagoguery!

I spent a couple of years living in Cambridge, England where I learned to speak British English and quickly came to realize Americans speak an entirely different dialect. I came to enjoy noting language differences and sharing my discoveries with my supervisor at work, Dr Andrew Lacey (the Brits don’t use periods or “full stops” […]

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Substitute Lessons

I’ve been taking assignments as a substitute teacher in the Scottsdale school district the past couple of months. While it’s relatively easy to qualify—deliver college transcripts, pass a background check, pay processing fees—it’s not quite as easy to figure out how to actually substitute teach. Many thanks go to teachers who leave good lesson plans behind! […]

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Laboring on Labor Day

Be honest. What did you do on Labor Day? Like many Americans, I worked that day. Of course, since I’m self-employed, I didn’t have to work but no work means no pay for freelancers. Labor Day used to celebrate the American worker and labor unions. But “union” become a bad word back in 1981 when President […]

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Still Outsourcing Local Talent?

I attended the Phoenix Mobile Festival recently, an annual event for people who develop apps and technologies for mobile devices like smartphones, tablets, and wearable technology like smart watches. While I’m not a developer, I like to keep up on mobile developments. Since this was a local event, I was very surprised to hear a speaker praising […]