Anita Cohen

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18 Snacks (and 6 Podcasts) to Get You to and through Memorial Day

Long weekends (with Memorial Day kicking off a whole season of them) mean getting out of town: You'll be guiding the car to a faraway friend's house, or heading out on a hike, or staying home and getting as far away as you can from your daily routine (meet you in the park?). And wherever you go and …

Texas farmer recommends 5 books every gardening enthusiast must read

When I look back to seven years ago, when I decided to opt out of industrial agriculture and grow as much of my own food as I could, I'm impressed by …

What Would Mark Twain Have Thought of Common Core Testing?

In his autobiography and in Tom Sawyer, the author skewered the test-centered teaching of his day. It's not hard to imagine what he would have thought about an exam that grades student essays via computer.<p>I've been teaching high school English in Illinois for over 20 years, but have only recently …

What are the hardest languages to learn?

Some languages would require more than a year of study for a native English speaker, while others would take just weeks.<p>Want to learn Japanese? If …

Down With Factoid! Up With Factlet!

It's high time that we eliminated the scourge of the factoid from our language.<p>Psst. I have something to tell you: factoid probably doesn't mean what you think it means. Don't worry, though, you are not alone and you can change.<p>"<i>Factoid</i> is now almost exclusively used to mean <i>a brief interesting …