I was reminded of my 3rd grade teacher the other day while reading a Time article about 15 words we should all be cutting from our vocabulary.
I’ve read articles like it before, reminding us to lay off such crutch words such as “actually,” “literally,” and the sort. It’s information that’s good to keep in mind -after all, we’re all guilty of using certain words too often.
But the story stuck out for another reason. It took me back to the classroom of Miss Elizabeth Tice at Scribner Road Elementary School in Penfield, N.Y.
Miss Tice also wanted us to stop using the same words over and over. So much so in fact, she wrote out a list of banned words and stuck them to a plastic tomb stone that hung next to the door.
We joked about it at the time, but the thing is – I still remember every one of those words. I can recall them in my head with the same sing-song delivery we used in class when we had to recite them.
Okay, so the last one isn’t a real word, but in 3rd grade some needed to be reminded of that. And while I am still guilty of using some of them, the reason for the list was never lost on me.
We are blessed with many words in the English language, each with their own nuanced meaning. Therefore, we should choose them carefully to ensure we are writing and speaking with greater impact.
A fascinating blog called GooBing Detroit is using Google’s Street View and similar services to track the city’s decline. It shows the evolution of properties over a span of a several years. In three to four years, many of the homes go from needing repair to being completely dilapidated. Continue reading Detroit’s decline captured on Street View
There’s something about large satellite dishes at night that looks like something from out of this world. This is the second time I’ve captured an interesting shot after leaving work. This was sometime last week. The only thing missing is the spaceship! Better get the tin foil hats ready. Continue reading A foggy night leaving the station
My jaw dropped a bit earlier this week when I read an article in the Democrat and Chronicle titled “Cuomo: Rochester hasn’t looked this good in decades.” The governor made the comment during a meeting with the newspaper’s editorial board. He was in town to announce 500 high-tech jobs coming to the area thanks to a new SUNY nanotechnology initiative. Continue reading Rochester: A Tale of Two Cities
There’s something really neat about looking up in the sky and seeing vast, empty space that is illuminated by the moon and stars light years away. It makes you think about how small our planet really is in the grand scheme of the things. Personally, it also makes me think about the small joys in my own life: nighttime fires while camping as a kid, or summer walks at night – here, or in the woods of my family’s summer home in New Hampshire. Continue reading The summer of the “supermoon”
A few weekends ago I finally took the plastic wrapping off my blu-ray copy of “The Great Gatsby” and popped it in. It was one of several Christmas presents that I had yet to enjoy, along with the blu-ray player itself. I had been meaning to watch this film for some time. In fact, I wanted to see it in the theater but never got around to it. I wish I hadn’t waited to see it. Director Baz Luhrmann did an incredible job of bringing the story to life. I say bringing the story to life, and not the book to life, because I wouldn’t be able to comment on that (I never read it – but it’s now on my summer reading list). Continue reading Exploring the world of Gatsby
It’s hard to believe that I started “nb reporting” eight years ago. It began as a simple experiment to explore the world of blogging. It grew into a great adventure that followed me throughout my time at Syracuse University and beyond. It chronicled the four months that I lived in London, and the side trips to other destinations like Edinburgh and Paris.
Since then, the blog has been sidelined. How do you top posts from some of Europe’s great cities? I’ve dabbled here and there, always intending to post on a regular basis, but I never quite followed through. That’s about to change.
In relaunching this blog, now on a new platform with a new design, I look forward to continuing where the old blog left off. I will share my adventures, my passions, and my random interests – and invite you to tag along. And if you’re looking for the old posts, they aren’t going anywhere. You can access them by clicking on the “archive” tab at the top of the page. Thanks for reading, and let me know what you think of the new look!