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Is “Xmas” Part of a War on Christmas?

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Are you bothered by the use of Xmas? Here’s why you shouldn’t be.

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Infographic: Illiteracy Around the World

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An infographic picturing literacy rates in the U.S. and around the world.

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It’s Good to Know Stuff, Part 1

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I taught for ten years in a public high school. It was a challenge that often sent me home frustrated …

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Writers, Politicians, Celebrities Praise Libraries

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Michigan librarian requests letters from celebrities on the importance of reading and libraries — and gets lots of responses!

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200 Ways to Say “Went”

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A few weeks ago, I created a graphic poster that listed 100 ways to say “said.” It was quite a hit. But there are plenty of words that young writers settle for, perhaps because they are unaware of the many alternatives.

I doubt there’s another action verb blander than go or it’s past form, went. It seemed to me that there are numerous better, more vivid alternatives, so I started brainstorming. Before long, I not only passed 100, but made it all the way to 200. In fact, I’ve thought of more since, but you have to draw the line somewhere.

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