DANCING WITH THE STARS SEASON 25, FALL 2017, WEEK 9...

DANCING WITH THE STARS SEASON 25, FALL 2017, WEEK 9 Dear DWTS Fans:  Welcome back!   Welcome to Week 9 of Season 25–Monday, November 13, 2017!  Tom and Erin hosted. Carrie Ann Inaba (CAI), Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli judged.  It’s Semifinals Night!   THE CURRENT CAST:  “Property Brothers” Drew Scott & pro Emma Slater (1-800-868-3404) Actor Frankie Muniz (formerly “Malcolm”) & pro Witney Carson (1-800-868-3405) Actor/Singer/Dancer Jordan Fisher & pro Lindsay Arnold (1-800-868-3406) Electronic Violinist Lindsey Stirling & pro Mark Ballas* (1-800-868-3407) Former Paralympic Swimmer Victoria Arlen & pro Val Chmerkovskiy (1-800-868-3413) *(2-Time MBT winner)   Ballroom & Latin Dances: Foxtrot, Quickstep, Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Tango, Argentine Tango, Jive, Jazz, Charleston, Contemporary; Cha-Cha, Samba, Salsa, Rumba, Paso Doble.  “Learn the dance, learn the steps, then learn the character of it.” — Len Goodman Mon., Nov. 13, 2017:   Each couple will do two dances.  The pros were allowed to choose their first dances.  For each, the second dance will be performed as a reinterpretation of sorts of an iconic song that was done in a previous season; I say that this is unfair to current contestants whose dances will be compared with those of contestants who won their seasons involving this dance. FIRST DANCE Drew Scott + Emma: Tango (“I’m...

WRITING: SENTENCES November 7, 2017...

WRITING:  SENTENCES                                                   November 7, 2017 In writing, if all sentences were the same type and of a similar length, reading could become less interesting.  Alternating sentence types and lengths, whenever possible, makes writing and reading more interesting.  Fortunately, we have three different types of sentences.   Simple:  I am going to cut the grass. Very-simple and very-short sentences are most often geared toward young children to suit their limited reading and/or comprehension levels.   Compound (more than one part):  I am going to cut the grass, and then I am going to trim the bushes. Compound sentences are for readers of average ability.   Complex:  I am going to cut the grass [Part 1, independent clause, complete thought/sentence], and then I am going to trim the bushes [Part 2, independent clause, complete thought/sentence], which is what all homeowners should do to take good care of their properties [Part 3, dependent clause, incomplete thought/sentence].   Complex sentences that contain short, easy-to-understand independent clauses and a short dependent clause also are usually for average readers.   However, a complex sentence can become more complex as more and...

DANCING WITH THE STARS SEASON 25, FALL 2017, WEEK 8...

DANCING WITH THE STARS SEASON 25, FALL 2017, WEEK 8 Dear DWTS Fans:  Welcome back, with our sincere thanks for being loyal to our blog! Welcome to Week 8 of Season 25–Monday, November 6, 2017! Tom and Erin hosted. Carrie Ann Inaba (CAI), Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli judged.  It’s Trio Night!   THE CURRENT CAST:  “Property Brothers” Drew Scott & pro Emma Slater (1-800-868-3404) Actor Frankie Muniz (formerly “Malcolm”) & pro Witney Carson (1-800-868-3405) Actor/Singer/Dancer Jordan Fisher & pro Lindsay Arnold (1-800-868-3406) Electronic Violinist Lindsey Stirling & pro Mark Ballas* (1-800-868-3407)5. Retired NFL Receiver Terrell Owens & pro Cheryl Burke* (1-800-868-3411) Former Paralympic Swimmer Victoria Arlen & pro Val Chmerkovskiy (1-800-868-3413) *(2-Time MBT winner)   Ballroom & Latin Dances: Foxtrot, Quickstep, Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Tango, Argentine Tango, Jive, Jazz, Charleston, Contemporary; Cha-Cha, Samba, Salsa, Rumba, Paso Doble.  “Learn the dance, learn the steps, then learn the character of it.” — Len Goodman Mon., Nov. 6, 2017:   Pros and troupe opened with guest dancers (former winners) dancing. FIRST DANCE Terrell + Cheryl: Charleston.  Judges: 9.  Me: 9.   Cute, peppy, proper, fun, fab footwork and timing, well done, really enjoyable.  He’s due for:  Waltz, Arg. Jazz, Contemp.; Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble. Drew Scott + Emma: Waltz. Judges: 7,7,8.  Me: 8.5. ...

DANCING WITH THE STARS SEASON 25, FALL 2017, WEEK 7...

DANCING WITH THE STARS SEASON 25, FALL 2017, WEEK 7 Dear DWTS Fans:  Thank you for enjoying our blog!   Welcome to Week 7 of Season 25–Monday, October 30, 2017! Tom and Erin hosted. Carrie Ann Inaba (CAI), Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli judged.  It’s Halloween Night!   THE CURRENT CAST:  “Property Brothers” Drew Scott & pro Emma Slater (1-800-868-3404) Retired NFL Receiver Terrell Owens & pro Cheryl Burke* (1-800-868-3411) Vanessa Lachey & pro Maks Chmerkovskiy (1-800-868-3412) WWE Wrestler Nikki Bella & pro Artem Chigvintsev (1-800-868-3409) Actor/Singer/Dancer Jordan Fisher & pro Lindsay Arnold (1-800-868-3406) Former Paralympic Swimmer Victoria Arlen & pro Val Chmerkovskiy (1-800-868-3413) Actor Frankie Muniz (formerly “Malcolm”) & pro Witney Carson (1-800-868-3405) Electronic Violinist Lindsey Stirling & pro Mark Ballas* (1-800-868-3407) *(2-Time MBT winner) The Possible Ballroom & Latin Dances: Foxtrot, Quickstep, Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Tango, Argentine Tango, Jive, Jazz, Charleston, Contemporary; Cha-Cha, Samba, Salsa, Rumba, Paso Doble.    “Learn the dance, learn the steps, then learn the character of it.” — Len Goodman Mon., Oct. 30, 2017:   Pros and troupe opened, dancing in scary getup. FIRST DANCE Victoria + Val: Viennese Waltz (“The Night We Met,” Lord Huron)      Judges: 9.  Me: 9.  Graceful, smooth, flowing, very pretty in beautiful attire; great hold/close connection and finished/graceful arms/hands.  She’s...

WRITING: DANGLING MODIFIERS October 24, 2017...

WRITING:  DANGLING MODIFIERS                  October 24, 2017 Another common problem in writing and grammar concerns modifiers that don’t modify clearly or at all. Dangling and misplaced modifiers can leave your reader confused and calling you for clarifications. This week, we’ll discuss dangling modifiers and use an example so that we can learn to put these modifiers in their place. (Another time, we’ll supply a similar treatment about misplaced modifiers–with explanations, examples, and fixes included.) A dangling modifier usually appears at the beginning of a sentence. At first glance it may seem to modify the word/words that follow it; a thorough read, though, will prove otherwise. Unlike some transitions, dangling modifiers can’t be “fixed” by moving them elsewhere in the sentence because no matter where they’re located they can’t adequately modify anything in the sentence. The fix: Either eliminate the modifier or rewrite the sentence. The problematic sentence: Tarnished beyond repair, I threw away my favorite vase. The problem: (Who or what was tarnished, the narrator, or the vase?) Fix #1 eliminates the modifier: I threw away my favorite vase. Fix #2 rewrites the sentence: I threw away my favorite vase; it was tarnished beyond repair. I threw away my favorite vase because it was tarnished beyond repair. Because my favorite...

DANCING WITH THE STARS SEASON 25, FALL 2017, WEEK 6...

DANCING WITH THE STARS SEASON 25, FALL 2017, WEEK 6 Dear DWTS Fans:  Thank you for enjoying our blog and referring others! Welcome to Week 6 of Season 25–Monday, October 23, 2017! Tom and Erin hosted. Carrie Ann Inaba (CAI), Len Goodman, guest judge singer Shania Twain, and Bruno Tonioli judged.  It’s Movie Night!  Let’s see how many we recognize/remember and how well they do in their dancing.   THE CURRENT CAST:  “Property Brothers” Drew Scott & pro Emma Slater (1-800-868-3404) Retired NFL Receiver Terrell Owens & pro Cheryl Burke* (1-800-868-3411) Vanessa Lachey & pro Maks Chmerkovskiy (1-800-868-3412) WWE Wrestler Nikki Bella & pro Artem Chigvintsev (1-800-868-3409) Actor/Singer/Dancer Jordan Fisher & pro Lindsay Arnold (1-800-868-3406) Former Paralympic Swimmer Victoria Arlen & pro Val Chmerkovskiy (1-800-868-3413) Actor Frankie Muniz (formerly “Malcolm”) & pro Witney Carson (1-800-868-3405) Electronic Violinist Lindsey Stirling & pro Mark Ballas* (1-800-868-3407) Singer/Actor Nick Lachey & pro Peta Murgatroyd (1-800-868-3408) *(2-Time MBT winner) The Possible Ballroom & Latin Dances: Foxtrot, Quickstep, Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Tango, Argentine Tango, Jive, Jazz, Charleston, Contemporary; Cha-Cha, Samba, Salsa, Rumba, Paso Doble.    “Learn the dance, learn the steps, then learn the character of it.” — Len Goodman   Mon., Oct. 23, 2017:  Val opened as a rookie screenwriter finishing, offering, and getting...

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