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...

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...

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