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Annoyances Family

2020 is So Much Fun

I never used to like the phrase “it is what it is.” It seemed like something people would say when they were dismissing my very real anger or frustration. Or something they would say when they were trying to pretend they weren’t feeling anger or frustration themselves. I know now that the reason I didn’t […]

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Annoyances Writing

Writing Test Questions is Hard

I’ve known this for a while. I first learned it when I was writing a test for my TEFL students. I had to figure out questions that were hard enough to demonstrate that they understood the material, but not so hard that they would be completely demoralized. I also had to make sure the questions […]

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Annoyances Writing

Why I Write for Myself First

“I give you my word, as a Spaniard.” “No good. I’ve known too many Spaniards.” This was the exchange Inigo and Wesley said to one another after Inigo had cut the rope and Wesley continued climbing up the Cliffs of Insanity in the movie “The Princess Bride.” Inigo wanted a chance to fight the man […]

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Annoyances Family

New Motto: Don’t Be a Jerk

Mark and I got a Christmas box from a relative who can’t be bothered to remember our last name. We’ve been married for 18+ years, and we both changed our name when we married. We combined the letters of both our last names into a new last name because we wanted to represent the blending […]

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Annoyances Business

Disagreeing Shows You Care

I was watching this TEDx video: Margaret Heffernan “Dare to Disagree” and it really made me think. One of the reasons I suspect I was laid off from About.com was because I had the temerity to disagree with staff. I would point out bugs and flaws in their code or design. I had discussions with […]