DANCING WITH THE STARS, POST-SEASON 24: July 13, 2017...

DANCING WITH THE STARS, POST-SEASON 24: July 13, 2017 It’s official! Julianne Hough married Brooks Laich and Peta married Maksim Chmerkovskiy, both this past Saturday, July 8. Peta and Maks had advertised for many months that they would have a big and fancy wedding, and they did; they tied the knot at Oheka Castle on Long Island, NY. Can you imagine? An actual castle! “US Weekly” covered it. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Julianne and Brooks exchanged vows very simply in a field adjacent to Coeur D’Alene Lake in Idaho. “People” Magazine was there for this one. Both sound lovely, and you might find photos and narrative on them at those Web sites. Word #1 is that the brides’ dresses, arrangements, locations, etc. suited their personalities perfectly. Word #2 is that because Peta and Julianne run in different circles, there was very little difficulty about which well-wishers would go where. Of course, Val and Jenna attended Peta and Maksim’s wedding and showed some PDAs in the process. Will Carrie Ann be next? We hope to learn her and Robb’s plans soon. Not too long after that, I’d like to hear whether Emma and Sasha have reached some decisions for their own special wedding plans. Which pro(s) get your vote(s)...

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...

WRITING: THE RIGHT WORD CLARIFIES

WRITING:  THE RIGHT WORD CLARIFIES                               June 30, 2017 . . . And, Interchangeability Doesn’t Always Work   Can the following words be used interchangeably in writing? Because                      Since                            As In most cases I say no, but I encourage you to decide after considering (a) examples of usage and (b) the fact that at times only a particular word can convey utmost clarity in both writing and speaking. A certain sentence from Writestyle’s Grammar course can make you think hard about this: [Because/Since/As] Ann was fired, I’ve been doing her work. Which word is correct to open the sentence? Let’s see how each affects the sentence and its meaning. Because:  Refers ideally to reasoning and/or consequence:  Because I was fired [Event #1], I have no money to pay the rent [Event #2]. “Because” seems to hint at a direct relationship between the two events; at times, it could or could not be a direct relationship.  “Because” would be clear and correct in the following sentence: “Because Ann was fired, I have to do her work.” Since:  Refers ideally and most clearly to the passage of time:  I’ve had no appetite or energy since Dad died. At the same time, many people often say things like, “Since [Because] I’m...

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

DANCING WITH THE STARS, POST-SEASON 24: June 30, 2017   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! 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, host Tom Bergeron visited the Hot Summer Nights pros on tour in NYC. Surprise! 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....

DANCING WITH THE STARS, POST-SEASON 24: June 27, 2017...

DANCING WITH THE STARS, POST-SEASON 24: June 27, 2017   New EP NOW Available!:  Yesterday was the widely advertised day that the new EP by Dancing with the Stars pro Mark Ballas and his wife BC Jean (Alexander Jean), titled “High Enough,” was supposed to be available, but whenever I checked on Amazon and BestBuy.com under Mark’s name it was not shown. I’d thought it would be listed under both of their names; guess I should have checked hers, too. Today, www.alexanderjean.net says IT’S OUT! You can also have a quick listen there, check their tour schedule for your city, and buy your tickets to see them in concert with R5. Here’s the rest of their tour schedule, as shown on that site: June 27          Saint Andrews Hall                                       Detroit, MI          TODAY! June 28          The Phoenix Concert Theatre                      Toronto, CAN June 30          Paradise Rock Club                                     Boston, MA July 2              Theatre of Living Arts                                   Philadelphia, PA July 4              Baltimore Soundstage                                 Baltimore, MD July 5              The Underground                                          Charlotte, NC July 7              The Loft                                                          Atlanta, GA July 10            White Oak Music Hall                                   Houston, TX July 11            “Trees”                                                            Dallas, TX July 12            “Parish”                                                          Austin, TX   Reminder:  You can see Mark’s buddy Derek Hough every Tuesday this summer on...

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