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Teacher Wants Students to Know English Lit Class Will Be, Um, Well, Lit

*Extremely teacher voice* Hi there, kids. Welcome. Please take a seat and direct your attention to the front of the classroom. Welcome to English …

5 Surprising Things That Block Your Creativity (Without Your Knowing)

See these? Red flags.<p>If you are ever faced with the feeling that all your creative juices have dried up, there is one question and one question only you need to ask yourself: Who are you studying?<p>I am such a believer of input and its role in staying creative over long periods of time.<p>Do you know …

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Don’t Leave Your Participles Dangling

by Liz BuremanYou know what’s really fun to edit? Dangling participles. What’s a participle? Glad you asked.What’s a Participle? “A participle is an …

Best New Fantasy & Sci Fi Books: September 2017

As summer draws to a close and we look ahead towards fall, pumpkin spice lattes and leaves changing are not all we have to look forward to; there is …

Are These the World’s Best Bike Rides?

Looking for an epic bucket-list bike journey?<p>It’s easy to immerse yourself in the journeys of professional riders or those offered by professional …

Bad Writing Is Destroying Your Company’s Productivity

A hidden source of friction is slowing your company down. Your workers are complicit in it. So is your management. And it’s driving everybody nuts.<p>It’s bad business writing.<p>I surveyed 547 businesspeople in the first three months of this year. I looked specifically at people who write at least two …

DIVIDED AMERICA: In recovery, many poor schools left behind

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — Consider Waukegan and Stevenson, two Illinois school districts separated by 20 miles — and an enormous financial gulf.<p>Stevenson, mostly white, is flush with resources. The high school has five different spaces for theater performances, two gyms, an Olympic-size pool and an …

How to Increase Your Creativity Using 5 Simple Words

Here is a simple trick that will let you measure how creative you are and increase your creativity as an individual and as a boss. All you have to do is record yourself and watch for this.<p>It's simple. There are five three-letter words that creative people use more than anyone else. If you use these …

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The seven books that won’t be in your high school English curriculum, but you should definitely read

I sometimes wonder if the worst possible way to raise a lifelong reader is to expose them to high school English classes. It’s not that these …