DANCING WITH THE STARS SEASON 25, FALL 2017, WEEK 5...

DANCING WITH THE STARS SEASON 25, FALL 2017, WEEK 5 Dear DWTS Fans:  Thank you for enjoying our blog and for your patience while we enter another large round of signups into the database.  Welcome to Week 5 of Season 25–Monday, October 16, 2017! Tom and Erin hosted. Carrie Ann Inaba (CAI), Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli judged, assisted at times by Kermit the Frog.  It’s Disney Week–Magical and Fun!  Historically speaking, we expect to be treated to some high-quality dancing on such a night, and we hope for matching, deserving scores.   THE CURRENT CAST:  “Property Brothers’” real-estate expert Drew Scott & pro Emma Slater Retired NFL Receiver Terrell Owens & pro Cheryl Burke (2-Time MBT winner) Vanessa (Minillo) Lachey (Nick’s wife) & pro Maks Chmerkovskiy WWE Wrestler Nikki Bella & pro Artem Chigvintsev Actor/Singer/Dancer Jordan Fisher (Disney, “Hamilton”) & pro Lindsay Arnold Former Paralympic Swimmer Victoria Arlen & pro Val Chmerkovskiy Actor Frankie Muniz (formerly “Malcolm in the Middle”) & pro Witney Carson Electronic Violinist Lindsey Stirling & pro Mark Ballas (2-Time MBT winner) Actress Sasha Pieterse (“Pretty Little Liars”) & pro Gleb Savchenko Singer/Actor/“98 Degrees” boy-band member Nick Lachey & pro Peta Murgatroyd   The Ballroom & Latin Dances: Foxtrot, Quickstep, Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Tango, Argentine...

WRITING: THE 5 W’s October 13, 2017...

WRITING:  THE 5 W’s                                                                   October 13, 2017 We’re constantly reading and writing, aren’t we?  Even if we aren’t, someone else is, and we want all necessary key elements to be included in the story.  You’ve probably noticed that in writing, nearly every newspaper story tells who did the what, as well as when, where, why and how he/she did it (unless some details are not yet available to law-enforcement personnel or they cannot be released to the public until after next of kin have been notified).  Those “W” key elements are known as the 5 W’s of journalism, with “how” sometimes included, too.  The same basics hold true for other story forms, too, whether nonfiction (true) or fiction (not true).  The game of “Clue” is a good example. Who:  especially the protagonist/main character.  Miss Plum? What:  a key part of the story’s plot.  What happened? When:  daytime? Nighttime? Between 4 and 6 a.m.? Where:  the setting for a story or a scene in a story/an article, a short story, a poem, a book.  In the drawing room? Why:  motive.  Because his partner had embezzled all of their joint funds? How:  With a gun? A knife? A candlestick? If you don’t have the 5 W’s in your story, you...

DANCING WITH THE STARS SEASON 25, FALL 2017, WEEK 4...

DANCING WITH THE STARS SEASON 25, FALL 2017 DANCING WITH THE STARS SEASON 25, FALL 2017, WEEK 4 Dear DWTS Fans:  Thank you for enjoying our blog and for bearing with us until we could enter all of the latest signups into the database. Some weeks, we receive so many signups that we have a heck of a time getting caught up.  Again, thank you!   Welcome to Week 4 of Season 25, Dancing with the Stars!  Tom and Erin hosted. Carrie Ann Inaba (CAI), Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli judged.  It’s “Most-Memorable Year” Night, which usually brings truly vulnerable and heartfelt personal stories and performances from the celebrities.  This week will be vastly opposed to last week’s Guilty Pleasures Night, when a few celebs’ stories/performances, such as Frankie’s and Lindsey’s, were entertaining and appeared to be genuine, while a few others, such as Nick’s and Nikki’s and, worst of all, Sasha’s, really did not work. Here’s hoping for high quality across the board tonight!   THE FULL CAST! “Property Brothers’” real-estate expert Drew Scott & pro Emma Slater Retired NFL Receiver Terrell Owens & pro Cheryl Burke (2-Time MBT winner) Vanessa (Minillo) Lachey (Nick’s wife) & pro Maks Chmerkovskiy WWE Wrestler Nikki Bella & pro Artem Chigvintsev Actor/Singer/Dancer...

DANCING WITH THE STARS SEASON 25, FALL 2017, WEEK 3...

DANCING WITH THE STARS SEASON 25, FALL 2017, WEEK 3 Welcome to Week 3 of Season 25, Dancing with the Stars!  Tom and Erin hosted. Carrie Ann Inaba (CAI), Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli judged.   THE FULL CAST! “Property Brothers’” real-estate expert Drew Scott & pro Emma Slater Retired NFL Receiver Terrell Owens & pro Cheryl Burke (2-Time MBT winner) Vanessa (Minillo) Lachey (Nick’s wife) & pro Maks Chmerkovskiy WWE Wrestler Nikki Bella & pro Artem Chigvintsev Actor/Singer/Dancer Jordan Fisher (Disney, “Hamilton”) & pro Lindsay Arnold Former NBA champ/former Knick’s Coach Derek Fisher & pro Sharna Burgess Former Paralympic Swimmer Victoria Arlen & pro Val Chmerkovskiy Actor Frankie Muniz (formerly “Malcolm in the Middle”) & pro Witney Carson Electronic Violinist Lindsey Stirling & pro Mark Ballas (2-Time MBT winner) Actress Sasha Pieterse (“Pretty Little Liars”) & pro Gleb Savchenko Singer/Actor/“98 Degrees” boy-band member Nick Lachey & pro Peta Murgatroyd   The Possible Ballroom & Latin Dances: Foxtrot, Quickstep, Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Tango, Argentine Tango, Jive, Jazz, Charleston, Contemporary; Cha-Cha, Samba, Salsa, Rhumba, Paso Doble.   “Learn the dance, learn the steps, then learn the character of it.” — Len Goodman   Dancing With The Stars: Week 3 Analysis (Oct. 2, 2017):  Guilty Pleasures Week!   MON., OCT. 2 ...

DANCING WITH THE STARS SEASON 25, FALL 2017, Week 2...

DANCING WITH THE STARS SEASON 25, FALL 2017, Week 2 Results Welcome to Week 2 of Season 25, Dancing with the Stars!  Tom and Erin hosted. Carrie Ann Inaba (CAI), Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli judged.   THE FULL CAST! “Property Brothers’” real-estate expert Drew Scott & pro Emma Slater Singer/Actor/“98 Degrees” boy-band member Nick Lachey & pro Peta Murgatroyd Vanessa (Minillo) Lachey (Nick’s wife) & pro Maks Chmerkovskiy WWE Wrestler Nikki Bella & pro Artem Chigvintsev Actor/Singer/Dancer Jordan Fisher (Disney, “Hamilton”) & pro Lindsay Arnold Former NBA champ/former Knick’s Coach Derek Fisher & pro Sharna Burgess Former Paralympic Swimmer Victoria Arlen & pro Val Chmerkovskiy Actor Frankie Muniz (formerly “Malcolm in the Middle”) & pro Witney Carson Electronic Violinist Lindsey Stirling & pro Mark Ballas (2-Time MBT winner) Singer/Dancer Debbie Gibson & pro Alan Bersten “Shark Tank” Investor Barbara Corcoran & pro Keo Motsepe Actress Sasha Pieterse (“Pretty Little Liars”) & pro Gleb Savchenko Retired NFL Receiver Terrell Owens & pro Cheryl Burke (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, Rhumba, Paso Doble.   Dancing With The Stars: Week 2 Analysis (Sep. 25, 2017): MONDAY:  BALLROOM DANCING TUESDAY:  LATIN DANCING...

WRITING: ONE WORD, OR TWO? OR … September 19, 2017...

WRITING:  ONE WORD, OR TWO? OR …                   September 19, 2017 Clarity is everything in writing and in speaking. In person you have a chance to clear things up if what you said or asked didn’t quite make sense.  But, in writing you don’t have that luxury; you have to be clear up front.  Correct and sufficient punctuation can do much to help across the board, including to indicate whether two words should be together as one or should stay separated. Examples:  Decision maker            life long vs. lifelong    eyedrops vs. eye drops Tom is the decision maker.  Becoming an author has been her lifelong goal.  I need to use more eyedrops.  As she turns around, an eye drops into the bucket. A list of words that people often aren’t sure about–one word, or two—can be found at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/901458.One_Word_Two_Words_Hyphenated and http://iws.collin.edu/dparker/tw_class_3211/proposals/Word-List.pdf   What’s a third option?  Hyphenation.  Two words that are working together as a compound adjective to describe a noun need a hyphen between them, without spaces. Unclear:  That face licking dog is cute. Is a face licking a dog? What’s happening here? Clear:  That face-licking dog is cute. Which dog is cute?  The dog that is licking a face is cute. Here’s another sentence that is confusing without punctuation...

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