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Doin’ it Doogie Style.

Is it possible that the television show Doogie Howser, M.D. was our first glimpse into the world of social media? 

Just might be!

If you owned a computer in 1989, you were able to read along on the personal blog of Doogie Howser, M.D. from  1989-1993.

Even though it wasn’t a daily, or even weekly post, what a brilliant idea for that time!:-)

Doogie Howser, M.D. aired on September 19th, 1989 and was created by the amazing Steven Bochco and David E. Kelley.

Doesn’t seem like it was that long ago, does it?

It can’t be that hard to sum it up, on a daily basis. Can it?

Guess we’ll just have to see how it goes.

P.S. The title of this blog must not have offended you…you’re here aren’t you?

Have a great day.


Mystery of the comma, unsolved.

grammar rulesI have spent most of the day putting in a comma and the rest of the day taking it out. — Oscar Wilde

How can something so little make you feel so stupid?

It’s just a punctuation mark. It separates things.

I don’t seem to have a problem with the rules of the apostrophe, quotation mark and period.

My misuse of this powerful little symbol has been known to keep me from clicking the publish button. When I finally do, I can intuitively hear some of the grumbling out there. Have chosen to ignore it and embrace those of you that don’t grade my paper.

I bless the day of Twitter when the series of … (3) periods came into view. When in doubt…it’s a beautiful thing!

Working with copy editors, the last year, has given me a new appreciation for those brilliant souls that have absorbed the 21 (the number rule in grammar states that you should use numerals for numbers greater than nine.) punctuation rules of the comma.

I was somewhat surprised to see, in the second edit, that my punctuation wasn’t as bad as I thought. It gave me a warm feeling to know that my extensive knowledge of at least three of the rules of the comma would suffice and Word would find the rest.

So with that in mind, I have decided that instead of taking the time to memorize the remaining rules, I will try to commit to creating my documents in Word to take some of the pressure off.

If you want to test your “Rules of English” knowledge…check out The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation by Jane Straus. Truly the best online resource, (there may be a comma there) I have found for grammar and punctuation.

And what does a comma do, a comma does nothing but make easy a thing that if you like it enough is easy enough without the comma.  — Gertrude Stein from Lectures in America