Recently one of the valued members of Webgrammar's social networking site, Harold Cordry, sent a message to many of his friends, and I want to share it because he is truly my hero. This man, who has been a journalist, professor, and author (including crossword puzzle books) has a magnificent mind, a great sense of humor, and generosity. No grammar or style question will go unanswered. Drop by my site and read through some of the posts. Consider joining. It's stimulating and fun. P.S. The cartoon is Cordry's choice, and he likes to be referred to as the Cartoon Professor. FROM: Harold V. Cordry, Ph.D. REGARDING: < Webgrammar.ning.com > Hello! I’m a former journalist (The Kansas City Star & Times, the Chicago Daily News, the Manhattan Mercury, et al.); a former journalism professor (Univ. of Missouri School of Journalism, Baker Univ., Univ. of Nebraska, and K-State). Since childhood, thanks to my parents, I’ve been a specialist in English grammar and usage, and since reaching the age of mandatory retirement, I’ve been spending my days tutoring on a grammar website. As of this morning, we have 40-odd adults and one little boy in India, Adarsh, who shows up with questions, and I take great pleasure in answering them. But even though I’m mostly paralyzed and able to use only a couple of fingers on my right hand to type, I’m unoccupied most of the time ? perhaps ninety percent of the time I’m logged in (or whatever the correct term is). So today, for the first time, I’m taking it upon myself to get out and advertise. The site’s address is webgrammar.ning.com, and I hope you’ll distribute it as you think appropriate, either to teachers or directly to students. Sincerely, Harold V. Cordry, Ph.D. AKA “Cartoon Professor”
My adorable, vivacious sister, Jan Pierson aka Calamity Jan, is an alumnus of the writer's retreat, Hedgebrook, and this past weekend she attended their 20th Birthday celebration on Whidbey Island. Jan enjoyed every minute of the event, including chatting with Gloria Steinem, who is on Hedgebrook’s board of directors. Jan writes stories for kids. Until now. I have it on good authority that she has a book brewing that will reveal some of her more wild, wacky, and wonderful experiences in the last few years. She has a sense of humor that won't stop.