Monthly Archives: February 2007

Comments on Term Papers

Thanks to the five students who’ve already commented on their term paper experience in high school and/or college. I’m learning lots. I appreciate the input. Sarah List (via Jessica Albright) asked when my Hildegard book-signing is, and they asked me … Continue reading

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Term Papers

Thanks to the suggestions and ideas of students attending the second after-hours study session this evening in FSU (6-7:30 p.m.), I have decided that the term paper work due on Friday, March 9th, must be the first two pages of … Continue reading

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On the Semi-colon

A great student asked me recently: So, I have a question for you…why do you not like semicolons? I am reading this book that tells me how wonderful they are, and I just can’t fathom why you don’t like them … Continue reading

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YouTube Report: Sleepy Spudgy with 3,062,612 views

has easily bested Dr. Carmen Acevedo Butcher’s Hildegard of Bingen video, which has a mere 554 views: SLEEPY SPUDGY: If you want to make sure I’m not as cute as Spudgy, you can see AWAKE DR. BUTCHER:

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And, yes, a writer can start a sentence with a coordinating

conjunction, but he or she must know what a coordinating conjunction is! “Don’t ever start a sentence with a coordinating conjunction” is an old fallacy. Since English has been written, writers of English have been starting sentences with coordinating conjunctions. … Continue reading

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Awesome! Washington Blogs!

Check out this link, if you doubted whether or not blogging is here to stay! http://www.aolelectionsblog.com/2007/02/15/pelosi-catches-the-blog-bug/

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Butt Station

I have often told my students that I don’t believe in “writer’s block.” I only believe in “butt-in-chair” inspiration. By that I mean that you sit down and write, whether you feel like it or not. You sit down and … Continue reading

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

To everyone, Happy Valentine’s Day! Since reading Krystin Fain’s brilliant piece in Advanced Comp on the elementary-school joy of getting a whole box of Valentine’s cards, I don’t look at Valentine’s Day as I once did. It seems infused with … Continue reading

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Thanks! Already Two Hildegard Reviews!

See Teresa Polk’s blog: http://blog-by-the-sea.typepad.com/ Thanks, carmen. I just did a post with the YouTube video and links to your books on amazon.com. Thank you for sending me the book on St. Benedict. You did a few things that I … Continue reading

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Dr. Butcher & Hildegard’s YouTube Video

Freshly uploaded! Check it out! Announcing the release of Hildegard of Bingen: A Spiritual Reader from Paraclete Press. Hits Amazon.com cybershelves mid-March!

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On Grammar and Whatnot

Today came the joyful moment–a box of ten author’s copies of Hildegard of Bingen: A Spiritual Reader arrived. The Paraclete Press designers have created an amazing cover, and they ran it through the presses twice to give the tree on … Continue reading

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Why I’m Enthusiastic About Wikipedia

If you look at the Wikipedia entries for Ælfric of Eynsham, Benedict of Nursia, Hildegard of Bingen, Jutta, and Volmar, you will find that I have added material; for Volmar, I added an entire page. These pages are carefully footnoted … Continue reading

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The Etymology of Chatter

Chatter originated in Middle English times, from chateren, meaning “to twitter, to gossip.” Chatter is of echoic origin. Twitter (meaning “to chirp”) is what birds do, and since Carmen means “song or poem,” I thought it nice to title my … Continue reading

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