Category: Lifestyle

Cropped Fischer, Jordan

Column: An argument with impact

I will admit, I was not aware of the furor surrounding the word “impact” until I sat down to look for column ideas this week – but boy oh boy, are people passionate about...

Dracula

Haunted houses that you can buy

The cold autumn wind cuts through the twisted branches of a long-dead tree as you walk down the dark street. The bare twigs scrape eerily on the window pane as lightning flashes in the...

Cropped Fischer, Jordan

Column: Sailing to the Grammar Isles

Question: “I have a Facebook friend who constantly mixes up ‘aisle’ and ‘isle’ in his posts. Can you write a column I could (subtly) link to him?” Answer: The grammar confusion I can address...

Cropped Fischer, Jordan

Column: Who owns the market, after all?

Question: “Greetings! I always enjoy your column and now I have my own grammar question for you. The Carmel Farmers’ Market staff has been having a lively discussion about the correct punctuation for the...

John Mikesell

Column: Behavior modifier for itchy dogs

Five things to do when your dog chews, licks, or scratches: 1) Bring your dog to the veterinarian for a checkup. Nothing you do to address the dog’s behavior will be of much use...

Barcelona’s Park Güell is the site of several Gaudi works, including this house, undulating benches and a Barcelona must-see, the mosaic salamander. (Photo by Lana Bandy)

Column: Gaudi in Barcelona

Commentary by Lana Bandy In a city where there’s a gorgeous building on every street, one Barcelona architect has captured the attention of visitors from all over the world. Antoni Gaudi’s whimsical work is...

Cropped Fischer, Jordan

Column: How shall we slay thee?

“Why does the media keep using the word ‘slain?’ Why are they sensationalizing this story? It was just an accident!” Admittedly these questions weren’t really posed to me, but I’ve decided to co-opt them...

Cropped Fischer, Jordan

Column: Free rein or free reign?

Question: “Dear Grammar Guy: I got burned the other day trying to use the expression ‘free reign’ – or, rather, ‘free rein,’ as one of my friends snidely pointed out. Which is the correct...

Cropped Fischer, Jordan

Column: Talking about yourself

I was recently tasked with giving an impromptu lesson on pronouns, and I thought that you, my dear readers, should enjoy the benefits of my grammatical ranting. The topic of the day: Reflexive pronouns;...