Jean Brashear

Is Texting Killing the Language? Maybe Not!

Many adults think texting is ruining kids, but here’s a linguist who disagrees. It’s funny and clever and intriguing–as well as teaching us all some history. Take 13 minutes and watch! I’ve been one of those mourning that texting keeps kids from learning how to communicate properly…maybe not!

http://www.ted.com/talks/john_mcwhorter_txtng_is_killing_language_jk.html

Jean Brashear

The Incomparable Mary Balogh, Regency England and Air Travel: the more things change…

I’ve been on a Mary Balogh binge–the woman is a goddess–and loving my time in Regency England. I just re-read SLIGHTLY WICKED, and the first page made me grin: “Moments before the stagecoach overturned, Judith Law was deeply immersed in a daydream that had effectively obliterated the unpleasant nature of the present reality. For the…