WRITING: Are We Almost There? July 6, 2017

WRITING:  Are We Almost There?                                          July 6, 2017   Are “almost” and “nearly” interchangeable in writing and speaking? I don’t think I ever heard anyone say “nearly” when I was growing up. Instead, as far as I can recall, everyone said “almost.” Of course, down the line in my education I learned about its similarity to “almost.” I must admit it: “Almost” is the first word I think of whenever I’m mentioning not quite getting there. To many of us their definitions are identical. So, are they interchangeable? Most of the time. The differences seem to come regionally and in people’s educational levels and social standing. “Nearly” seems to be more sophisticated. Using one versus the other really is not a big deal, though. You can take it from here.   Many lessons and bits of advice in this writing/grammar series have been taken from Writestyle’s online campus.    ...

DANCING WITH THE STARS, POST-SEASON 24: June 30, 2017

DANCING WITH THE STARS, POST-SEASON 24: June 30, 2017   Hi, again, Dancing With The Stars fans! I originally published this post on June 30 (except for the new Maria Menounos story that I just added), but I just discovered that it somehow was not distributed by the agency (another post must have knocked it out of the lineup). Here you go! Sometimes-pro Karina Smirnoff was at the Millennium Dance Sport Championships in Orlando this week. I like to see her back on Dancing With The Stars now and then. Judge Bruno Tonioli has been in London; says it’s hot there. It seems that Val and Jenna, too, are vacationing in Europe this week. Maks and Peta had lots of fun on their first father’s day with baby Shai. Peta says that Maks is the best dad and that they love their family sweat/workout sessions together. Reminder: They’ll get married next Saturday, July 8! Derek has been in Nantucket, RI this week and lovin’ it. He’ll have plenty to do at sister Julianne’s wedding next Saturday. One of Gleb and Elena’s favorite places is a horse farm in Sydney, Australia. She’s 34 weeks pregnant; so, probably due in July. On Tues., June 27, Dancing With The Stars host Tom Bergeron visited the Hot Summer Nights pros on tour in NYC. Surprise reunion! You can review the team’s tour schedule at our June 21 post. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba and her love, Robb Derringer, have been enjoying NYC this week. Today, she filled in for Kelly Ripa, co-hosting with Ryan Seacrest. Of course, her high-pitched giggle often rang out in the studio. Prayers for Maria Menounos, former DWTS contestant and a host of “E! Entertainment.” She just underwent a long surgery that removed nearly 100% of a benign brain tumor; also, her mother has stage-4 brain cancer. Being examined by a doctor shortly after she noticed symptoms of headaches, lightheadedness, and slurred speech was the smart thing to do! She’s keeping a highly optimistic attitude throughout the whole situation.   Before we know it, the pros will be back in the studio rehearsing with newly assigned celebs. I’ll pass along news of them and their celebs whenever I have it over the next several weeks. If you have ideas for DWTS topics on this blog or suggestions for how I can make blog posts easier to read, especially during fall and spring seasons, be sure to let me know. Note that, last season, I added the remaining dances that each...

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