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Writing Tip of the Week Have a question about the semicolon or colon? Use the 8 Tips on the Semicolon and Colon below as your guide. Semicolon: 1. In place of a period Use a semicolon in place of a period. 2. In place of a comma Use a semicolon in place of a comma, for it can serve as the same function--to keep your words and ideas from running together, making your writing easier to read. 3. To separate phrases Use the semicolon to separate a series of phrases that have commas. Jasmine, a great cook, uses fresh food in her meals; grows her own fruits, vegetables, and grains; and serves spring water, herbal tea and wine produced locally. 4. Between independent clauses. Use a semicolon to jo

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Rich with dark and light, pain and magic, The Inconvenient Indian distills the insights gleaned from Thomas King's critical and personal meditation on what it means to be "Indian" in North America, weaving the curiously circular tale of the relationship between non-Natives and Natives in the centuries since the two first encountered each other. In the process, King refashions old stories about historical events and figures, takes a sideways look at film and pop culture, relates his own complex experiences with activism, and articulates a deep and revolutionary understanding of the cumulative effects of ever-shifting laws and treaties on Native peoples and lands. This is a book both timeless

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Writing Tip of the Week Have a question about commas? Use the 12 Tips on Commas below as your guide. 1. Items in a Series Use commas between words, phrases, or clauses in a series. Since he is trying to lose weight, he avoids bread, pasta, and cereal in his diet. (words) When she is nervous, she bites her nails, plays with her hair, and eat everything in sight. (phrases) 2. To Set Off Dialogue Use commas to set off the exact words of the speaker from the rest of the sentence. "Don't be an idiot," he said, glaring at his brother. "The cops will be all over this place." No comma is necessary when reporting rather than repeating a speaker's words. His brother said that the police showed up a

Celebrating Special Occasions with Charlie D and his friends

Just discovered this delightful children's book by author Sherry Lee and illustrator Madeline Hunt. Charlie D and the Celebration Crabapple Tree is an interactive picture book that describes how five-year-old bear Charlie D and his two friends celebrate various special occasions under the crabapple tree, such as Canada Day, Thanksgiving Day, Earth Day, and Leap Year Day (Charlie D's birthday). Charlie D, Bella, and Bartholomew invite you to join them in the festivities. Love it! Sherry's keen imagination allows her to create colourful characters and stories that adults would appreciate reading to young children. She has read to her sons and now eagerly curls up with her grandchildren to read

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