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 com
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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, relat
Write Right: All About Commas
If commas make your head whirl when editing, use the tips below to help you add or delete this punctuation from your manuscript. Don't forget to watch for comma splices too! 1. Use commas to separate three or more words, phrases, or clauses written in a series. He avoids bread, pasta, and cereal in his diet because he is trying to lose ten pounds before Christmas . 2. Use a comma to set off dialogue. Commas set off the words of the speaker from the rest of the sentence. "Don'
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