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Read On: Yanking 'The Interview' was inevitable

Read On: Yanking 'The Interview' was inevitable

Well, what a year, huh? Crazy stuff in politics, in sports, in entertainment. Really crazy in entertainment.

The Whiteboard Jungle: Students trade their front teeth for Mariah

The Whiteboard Jungle: Students trade their front teeth for Mariah

Nearly 70 years ago, a music teacher filling in for his wife’s second-grade class asked the children what they wanted for Christmas.

A Word, Please: A mistake is not quite the same as an error

A Word, Please: A mistake is not quite the same as an error

Not long ago in this space, I wrote about exceptions to a grammar rule. I added, “But none of those exceptions apply in modern publishing.”

Start the Presses: Can our communities spare a quarter?

Start the Presses: Can our communities spare a quarter?

As 2014 winds down, the lights go up, and the decorations sparkle. The children shriek with delight at the latest "Frozen" gear, and adults drink too much while giving one another silly gifts.

A Word, Please: Don't beat yourself up over reflexive pronouns

A Word, Please: Don't beat yourself up over reflexive pronouns

Dave in Elkland, Pa., wrote to me recently about pronouns ending in “self” — myself, yourself, and so on — and how annoying they can be at times. “‘Myself,’ in particular, drives me near distraction,”...

Learning Matters: Pageants can teach lessons outside of school

Learning Matters: Pageants can teach lessons outside of school

Last Saturday, I was at church for the opening rehearsal of the annual children’s Christmas pageant. I’ve spent the majority of my December Saturday mornings in this activity since our daughter’s first pageant appearance in the late...

Intersections: Road trip to nowhere is reinvigorating

Intersections: Road trip to nowhere is reinvigorating

I took a drive almost to the edge of California recently. Going beyond the borders of Los Angeles County, I crossed over into San Bernardino, made a pit stop in Rialto and drove a few more hours until I reached the Mojave Desert, taking the...

Crescenta Valley PTA: Taste of the Foothills scheduled for Wednesday

Taste of the Foothills will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night in the Ralphs parking lot, located at 2629 Foothill Blvd. Guests can taste a variety of foods from local restaurants and benefit their local school. For more information,...

Read On: Twelve things to be happy about

Read On: Twelve things to be happy about

I think it's safe to say that no one will ever accuse me of being a Pollyanna who looks at the world in an overly positive way. In truth, I'm the world's most cynical and pessimistic optimist — so cynical and pessimistic, in fact, that the...

The Whiteboard Jungle: Appreciating the legacy of 'The Christmas Song'

The Whiteboard Jungle: Appreciating the legacy of 'The Christmas Song'

For years now on most Fridays, I begin class not with a grammar or writing exercise but with a music lesson as a way to broaden my students’ musical knowledge by playing for them some of the great singers and composers of the 20th century,...

A Word, Please: A holiday gift list for mindful language lovers

A Word, Please: A holiday gift list for mindful language lovers

If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you’re a language lover. And if you’re a language lover, there’s a good chance your holiday gift list includes some birds of a feather — fellow language lovers who&...

Verdugo Views: Donald Duck and his brood nested in Glendale

Verdugo Views: Donald Duck and his brood nested in Glendale

Disney character Donald Duck celebrated his 50th birthday by riding the Glendale float in the 1985 Tournament of Roses Parade.

Glendale PTA: Wilson Middle School has the holiday ticket

This time of year seems to usher in hectic schedules and frazzled nerves. Taking some time to spend with family and friends in an enjoyable activity might be just what the doctor ordered.

Learning Matters: Getting help to the variety who need it

Learning Matters: Getting help to the variety who need it

Glendale and La Crescenta together make an appealing size for a community — big enough to be interesting and small enough to be knowable, with many resources to meet the needs of children and families.

A Word, Please: It's not possible to badly split an infinitive

A Word, Please: It's not possible to badly split an infinitive

Not long ago while editing a series of articles, I noticed that the writer had strange ideas about where to put adverbs. Many were placed before the verbs and some before the subjects, too.

Intersections: Sitting down to tradition and reflection

Intersections: Sitting down to tradition and reflection

Thanksgiving is a complicated holiday — on the one hand, I dream all year long about the food I will come to eat on the last Thursday of November, even as a vegetarian. On the other hand, the fact that it simplifies and paints over the pain,...

The Whiteboard Jungle: Teacher salaries say something about society

The Whiteboard Jungle: Teacher salaries say something about society

Back in 1998, when I was embarking on my 10th year as a teacher, I had an op-ed piece published in the Times about paying good teachers six-figure salaries as a way to attract and retain higher qualified people.

A Word, Please: There's correct, and then there's also correct

A Word, Please: There's correct, and then there's also correct

Sometimes it seems like grammar is all darned-if-you-do, darned-if-you-don’t propositions. If you say “Who are you visiting tomorrow?” some people will look down on you for not using “whom.” But if you use “whom,&...

Verdugo Views: Scholarships helped a GCC career get started

Verdugo Views: Scholarships helped a GCC career get started

A couple of scholarships awarded to a young woman named Jill Benone sent her on a theatrical career path.

Crescenta Valley PTA: Mountain Avenue to host PTA meeting, Reflections awards

Mountain Avenue Elementary: The PTA meeting and Reflections awards begin Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium.

Start the Presses: Bring the market back to Brand

Start the Presses: Bring the market back to Brand

So it finally happened: the Downtown Glendale Market, evicted from its sidewalk-tripping perch on Brand Boulevard to a church parking lot, has closed.

A Word, Please: Here's an early grammar gift for the holidays

A Word, Please: Here's an early grammar gift for the holidays

Before you start composing your holiday cards and invitations, here’s a cautionary tale for you.

Learning Matters: The joys of performing poll-worker duty

Learning Matters: The joys of performing poll-worker duty

Election day is over, and I suspect most of us are relieved. As the League of Women Voters emailed, “… It’s once again safe to open the mailbox, answer the phone and leave the TV unmuted during commercials.” Yet for all the...

Intersections: Graves mark the consequences of war

Intersections: Graves mark the consequences of war

I’m walking in Arlington National Cemetery on the Sunday before Veteran’s Day. I can feel the weather changing seasons in real time, and within a few minutes, I have to put on my coat again as I make my way across the grounds.

Guest Column: On how his mother's last years mattered

I was holding my mom's head when she was taking her last breaths and my dad was holding her hands. Dad said “she is gone” and yet she was still breathing. “I just saw her soul go out through her eyes,” he said. After 65...

Glendale PTA: It's time for the Hoover High PTA Tour of Homes

The office for the Early Education and Extended Learning Programs has moved to 520 E. Wilson Ave., Suite 215, in Glendale. It will be open today in the new location. The department provides high-quality preschool and before- and after-school care...

Read On: Election had little to do with facts

Read On: Election had little to do with facts

It's a weird thing sometimes to live in the United States, particularly when you feel so out-of-step with the masses — as I did on Tuesday night.

A Word, Please: What's before who makes all the difference

A Word, Please: What's before who makes all the difference

I saw a fascinating online grammar discussion recently that I was eager to discuss in this column. But I can’t. It contained a bad word, by which I mean a great word — one of those anatomically specific insults that can make anyone the...

The Whiteboard Jungle: Parent involvement plays key role in schools' success

The Whiteboard Jungle: Parent involvement plays key role in schools' success

Lost in the middle of the midterm election coverage this week was a major press conference on Monday by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announcing a $150-million infusion into the Big Apple’s 94 worst-performing schools, creating community...

Verdugo Views: Guests at sanitarium each had a story to tell

Verdugo Views: Guests at sanitarium each had a story to tell

Rockhaven Sanitarium in Montrose was sometimes called the Screen Actor’s Sanitarium, as it provided a home for several women who were either active in — or connected to — show business.

Learning Matters: A Halloween carnival can be a thrilling opportunity

Learning Matters: A Halloween carnival can be a thrilling opportunity

Scarecrows, jack-o’-lanterns, hay bales and witches have appeared again at elementary schools across the district. PTA members have been setting up game booths, enlisting volunteers and gathering prizes by the boxful.

Start the Presses: Sagebrush Burning

Start the Presses: Sagebrush Burning

Sagebrush Corners: Glendale Supt. Richard Sheehan, left, and La CaƱada Supt. Wendy Sinnette are locked in...

A Word, Please: Lay and lie can even trip up the dictionary

A Word, Please: Lay and lie can even trip up the dictionary

Not so long ago, the only people who had to worry about typos were named Gutenberg. Today, typos dog everyone with a keyboard, and that horrible feeling of realizing too late that a resume, important email or blog post contained an error is...

Intersections: Story research focuses on the ending

Intersections: Story research focuses on the ending

I am fascinated by death. I don’t mean that in a morbid way. I think it’s misunderstood and conveniently ignored until it reaches us. By then, we are so paralyzed by it that in between grieving our loved ones, there’s no time to...

Crescenta Valley PTA: Valley View accepting golf event registration

The Valley View golf tournament will be held in two weeks. To register and pay for a round, visit vveagles.com and click on the link for the golf tournament.

Intersections: How well should we know our neighbors?

Intersections: How well should we know our neighbors?

On the street where I am temporarily staying in London, a newsletter arrives through the mailbox every few months. It details the neighborhood news, is often unintentionally hilarious (the last one had a single line about a local bakery running out...

Read On: AT&T seems to have its wires crossed

Read On: AT&T seems to have its wires crossed

So while I hate to write about my own personal issues — actually, that’s a lie, there is little I like to do more — I must take the opportunity here to slam the stuffing out of a little company you may have heard of called AT&T.

A Word, Please: A listicle that spells things out for you

A Word, Please: A listicle that spells things out for you

Listicles are all the rage these days, or so young folks tell me.

Verdugo Views: Preservationists saw Brockmont's clock ticking

Verdugo Views: Preservationists saw Brockmont's clock ticking

Earlier this year, Brockmont Park became the city’s sixth historic district.

The Whiteboard Jungle: Writing is a tough but worthy pursuit

The Whiteboard Jungle: Writing is a tough but worthy pursuit

Last week, I was invited to participate in the Local Authors’ Showcase held at the Buena Vista Library in Burbank.

Glendale PTA: Red Ribbon Week 'Parent Night' meeting slated

Children whose parents talk with them regularly about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than teenagers whose parents don’t bring up the topic. Despite this, only a quarter of teens indicate having these conversations.

A Word, Please: Taking a deeper look at the passive voice

A Word, Please: Taking a deeper look at the passive voice

Does the passive voice lend itself to biased, manipulative writing? A reader named Richard wanted to know after witnessing a discussion about a news article.

Learning Matters: Today's GUSD student body features more diverse mix

Learning Matters: Today's GUSD student body features more diverse mix

A few years ago, a French-Armenian graduate student came to Glendale to gather research for her dissertation on Armenian communities in Glendale and Hollywood. I had the pleasure of spending several hours with her at the invitation of my City...

News-Press: Parking issues

News-Press: Parking issues

Will parking become a blood sport in Glendale soon? Bert Ring thinks so.

A Word, Please: It's better to avoid writing upside down

A Word, Please: It's better to avoid writing upside down

London is a place that gets a lot of rain.

The Whiteboard Jungle: Taking son to school is enjoyable experience

The Whiteboard Jungle: Taking son to school is enjoyable experience

A couple of days ago was the annual Walk to School Day. Knowing such a day exists may raise eyebrows as to its need until you realize, as my fellow Friday columnist Joylene Wagner pointed out, kids just don’t walk to school anymore.

Verdugo Views: The mysterious residency of a radio preacher

Verdugo Views: The mysterious residency of a radio preacher

One of the most famous radio preachers of all time, Aimee Semple McPherson, once rented an apartment in Glendale and tried to enroll her two children in our high school.

Learning Matters: Students seem to have less independence

Learning Matters: Students seem to have less independence

Over the last few years, thanks to the work of parent and traffic-safety advocate Kara Sergile, I've had experience as both a valet drop-off lane attendant and a "walking school bus" volunteer with R.D. White Elementary.

A Word, Please: Some confusion over jobs that pay well

A Word, Please: Some confusion over jobs that pay well

Tom in Glendale, Calif., wrote with an interesting question about a newspaper headline that mentioned "well-paying jobs."

Around Town: Answers to Glendale's bad optics

Last week, our sister paper, the Glendale News-Press reported that our neighbor Glendale has some of the worst drivers in the nation.

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