Author Archives: Barb Knowles

About Barb Knowles

The things that are important to me are family, friends, teaching, writing, languages and using my sense of humor to navigate this crazy world. Please join me on this blogging adventure...

White Cotton Gloves and Clip-on Ties

Around 6th grade, our grade took ballroom dancing classes once a week in the evening. There were a lot of kids who were nervous, uncomfortable and awkward.  Yet it was exciting, too. The girls wore good dresses.  Fancy dresses, Sunday … Continue reading

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The Crazy Evolution of Holidays

On Monday, we will celebrate Memorial Day in the US.  The day we honor our fallen soldiers.  And eat hot dogs and hamburgers. I’m not kidding.  If you’ve read my last post, you know how important Memorial Day is to … Continue reading

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In Honor Of My Grandfather

This is in honor of my grandfather and all who have died in service to our country.  This Memorial Day I would like to share my original post that was published in 2015 and was featured on Freshly Pressed.   … Continue reading

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*sigh* I Tried

It happened again.  It was important that I give it another go, just in case last year’s results were an anomaly. But, alas, the Girl Scout Cookie Diet failed once again.     At least I tried.  

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How I Lost $20 And Saved My Life

When I left work today I realized that I had to get gas or my car would run out before I got home.  I wasn’t being stupid about it, but I didn’t stop this morning because I knew I had … Continue reading

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I’m living my life in a fog filled with despair. Tears running down my face eyes blurry tissues at my side. Pollen

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Top 10 Reasons People Like Top 10 Lists

Easy to read Easy to comment upon Easy to skip the uninteresting topics Easy to scan without being caught Easy to agree with Easy to disagree with Easy to enrage Easy to engage East to disengage Easy to rhyme  write … Continue reading

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Sergio Garcia

My favorite sport to watch on TV is golf.  A close second is football (American football). Third is bowling.  From talking to friends, or rather me talking while they look at me incredulously, I gather that’s an unusual grouping of … Continue reading

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What’s Up With The 12th Chromosome And My Maternal Haplogroup?

I am not a geneticist.  In this article I’m going to pose a couple of questions that are baffling and fascinating to me.  I realize that I can ensconce myself in a university library and learn all about it.  I’m … Continue reading

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The Harry Potter Challenge/Reto Results

I know you’ve all been waiting with bated breath for the winners of the English speakers cognate challenge. Here are the cognates that I found, but some are more obvious than others: bilingüe = bilingual no= no   lol that … Continue reading

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