I Create Because I Must (Tribute to the Charleses)

The ten thousand hours to mastery rule came across my desk like my death sentence. Now artistic ability and performance— two skills I enviously eyed— was quantitatively demanding my dedication. There was a rule, after all, a law of nature, perhaps. And I always take laws of nature very seriously. The concept behind this law …

Self-less Self-care

I've spent many years hating the term "self-care." I think this came from a mostly good place: I want to be a selfless, Christ-centered person, and "self-care" sounded like weekly mani/pedis while sipping mimosas. Ultimately, this was a fundamental misunderstanding of the concept and a soured perception from the indulgent example of a few bad …

I Could Be In Church Right Now

I heard a man in Bible class lament that young people these days use any excuse to skip worship. He said, "Look at all these elderly people who are in constant pain and they make the effort to be here every time the doors open and these young folk stay home because they have a …

Most Biggest Syntax Faux Pas: Part II

Yours truly is laying in bed sick and sniffling, surrounded by all the necessities to rest up. While powering through my miscellaneous to-do items, I came across these screenshots that I took ages ago in preparation for my next grammar snob blog post. So, happy humpday, here's a laugh:   Craigslist: A Whole New World …

#PowerOutage

The DFW metroplex had quite the storm last weekend. Here's my traumatizing experience as told by live tweets. I'm just glad I lived to tell the tale. https://twitter.com/a_lanejones/status/517786720608468993 https://twitter.com/a_lanejones/status/517789046010286080 https://twitter.com/a_lanejones/status/517789955498987520 https://twitter.com/a_lanejones/status/517790487974273024 https://twitter.com/a_lanejones/status/517790921644322816 https://twitter.com/a_lanejones/status/517791263492673537 https://twitter.com/a_lanejones/status/517792016772919297 https://twitter.com/a_lanejones/status/517792628747038721 https://twitter.com/a_lanejones/status/517792831227056128 https://twitter.com/a_lanejones/status/517794693019893760 https://twitter.com/a_lanejones/status/517795766166097920 https://twitter.com/a_lanejones/status/517796612585029632 https://twitter.com/a_lanejones/status/517796811336335360 https://twitter.com/a_lanejones/status/517797595495026688 https://twitter.com/a_lanejones/status/517798509807161344 https://twitter.com/a_lanejones/status/517798951949717504 https://twitter.com/a_lanejones/status/517799221899317248 https://twitter.com/a_lanejones/status/517801073831333888 https://twitter.com/a_lanejones/status/517802157169704960 https://twitter.com/a_lanejones/status/517802268905984003 https://twitter.com/a_lanejones/status/517802438515236865 https://twitter.com/a_lanejones/status/517804535725965313 https://twitter.com/a_lanejones/status/517805207586369536 https://twitter.com/a_lanejones/status/517805570414620672 https://twitter.com/a_lanejones/status/517805845791653888 https://twitter.com/a_lanejones/status/517806100545286144 https://twitter.com/a_lanejones/status/517807390037934081 https://twitter.com/a_lanejones/status/517808051928449024

Most Biggest Syntax Faux Pas

Everyone is tired of reading blogs and memes outlining the they're/their/there rules, but has the world become any more intelligent? Certainly not. But, instead of being irritated or even amused by they're/their/there mistakes, I now sink deeper into despair over America's bleak literaturistic future. (Hey, some words that need to exist aren't in the dictionary yet. So …

The Math Allergy

The other day, in speech class, we broke into groups. Each group came up with a story in ten minutes and then acted it out with finger puppets in front of the class. Following this, we discussed with painstaking superficiality the communication that transpired in each group during the story-making process, i.e. "Did you talk …