Blog and Writing Samples

Placing Modifiers Where They Best Represent Your Intended Meaning

Of course, a life’s partner could just say “I love you” and leave it at that; but we do like to add dramatic emphasis to our declarations of devotion, so, have at it! Move this modifier (“only”) down the line (placing it in each blank), and explain its new meaning or...

The SAT and the ACT and the Curse of the Reading Section

Here is one strategy a respected educator offers test-takers to help them cope with the dreaded Reading section of either major standardized test: "Before reading the answer choices, come up with your own answer to the question: This strategy is exactly designed...

Ah! Youth Soccer!

Coaches EML & JB honor their last All-Star squad

The SAT and the ACT and the Curse of the Reading Section

Here is one strategy a respected educator offers test-takers to help them cope with the dreaded Reading section of either major standardized test: "Before reading the answer choices, come up with your own answer to the question: This strategy is exactly designed...

read more

Threshold: The Hallmaster, 1970-71

by Tom Daley for & about Gene Legg That bangs-and-rooster hairdo favored by the glitter rock raconteurs. That blonde and wry uptick of the eyebrows. That mischievous recliner spread out while you were grading papers. We crowded your apartment every night for tea...

read more

Whiners and Winners

         by Gene Legg . There comes a time in the evolution of humankind when one type of behavior has run its course and another should take its place.  So it is with whining.  It’s time to stop honoring the whine and...

read more

Broken Hearts and Separate Checks

Morals amuck and a pick-up truck are what brought the two together – She in lace with that angelic face, he in grime and fine-creased leather. Their love was crossed from the very beginning – She frowned in a frenzy ‘cuz he kept on grinning When she spilled coffee in...

read more

It Was in Her Kiss

I remember falling in love ‘Neath dazzling blue skies above With a girl who liked my tennis strokes Who rode a new bike with shiny spokes And showed me the road to heavenly bliss - The magic, my friend, was in her kiss. I remember after a while I dreamed of her and...

read more

BY THE HEARTH

REJUVENATION (a sonnet of sadness defeated by resolve) Ignite, crackle of kindle, so welcome an intrusion! Light 'pon reflection of that snowy 'scape of youthful folly - Of days when tedium and torment played deceptively jolly. Voracious Age yields us that blessed...

read more

“On Language”

By William Safire Nov. 4, 1979 Not long ago, I advertised for perverse rules of grammar, along the lines of “Remember to never split an infinitive” and “The passive voice should never be used.” The notion of making a mistake while laying down rules (“Thimk,” “We...

read more

From a Voracious Reader: For the Scholar’s Idle Times

A voracious reader, I see the virus restrictions not as a punishment but as an opportunity.  Kids have a chance to read – not for a grade or to write an essay but to savor the reality a good writer has created just for them. I remember as a kid being squired from...

read more

Follow Me on Facebook!

Contact Me!

Phone

(703) 402-7170

Email

genelegg@aol.com