Lindsay Lewis

English/ ESL consultant: Word worker, writer, teacher, mentor and poet. Author of This Won’t Hurt a Bit! on writing clear content.

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Why do we write?

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Sometimes students as me why I write. Writing is a form of seeing- of appreciating beauty. The direct experience of observation and becoming one with the item or idea is transcendent. Like artists who paint, I must relinquish myself. I become one with the idea, the movement, the beauty, the ballet of a tree, the aura of a tree at night, glowing white. Writing takes us beyond ourselves and back again. It’s a form of astral travel. Reading is the reverse side of the coin. Reading enriches me, fills me with the multiple perspectives of...

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France- je pense a Paris.

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Je dois dire quelque chose a tout les gens de la France. Je pense a vous, je vous envoyez la luz, amour, et j’espere que vouz etes bien. I do not have words to express my horror and disgust with such inhuman actions. I send you strength, love and peace.  Lindsay

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Composition: What makes a great piece of art (and that means writing,too!)

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What makes art so breathtaking or stimulating? I am a firm believer in the less is more rule- or quality, not quantity, an adage which I live by. This painting by renowned Argentine artist Uriburu is one of my favourites. His use of colour and form is electrifying- but there is no wordiness. We are in the photo, admiring la Seine in Paris as seen through his brush. The colours, shapes and textures are flawless. Make your essays a masterpiece- use as few strokes as possible. Use your words to create colour and texture. Have a look at the...

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Joseph Boyden: The Orenda

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Joseph Boyden is an award winning Canadian writer. The Orenda is a must read, documentary the early contact between missionaries, natives and colonial settlers in Canada. I swear Boyden was channelling spirits in this work. He has multiple narrators, all of whom are breathtakingly realistic. The atmosphere is haunting and palpable. Although this work was discussed at great length because of some graphic violence, I believe he wrote the history the way it occurred. I dislike violence, and had to skip scenes which were too much for me. This...

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This Won’t Hurt a Bit! update.

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Hello dear readers. This is the author photo for my book, which is in the last two weeks of completion at the publishers. My writing book, This Won’t Hurt a Bit! is your guide to clear, concise content. There are enough books about comma splices and run on sentences. I find that students do not understand the comments teachers make; my book has before and after examples to clarify any concerns. My students often get A’s in as little as one semester. Stay...

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Tongue tied? Blame the arbitrary nature of language.

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Many of my students make funny blunders ( as do I when acquiring other languages.) One of my students had to read a passage on bats. When I asked him to summarize the key points, he stated “Bats come out at night and they like incest.” Hmmm….I had to laugh. I then had to explain that bats may not be having sex with family members as it would cause inbreeding. I offered the word insects as an option, much to his relief. The same student mixed up puberty with poverty. In fact, I can see how he mixes up words because he takes a...

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Language and love: What’s in a word?

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It’s spring, and our thoughts often turn to love. I’m fascinated by the way in which each culture expresses love. Personally, French is my favourite language. I think “je t’aime” is an elegant and simple way to say “I love you.” However, many cultures are horrified by the overuse of the word love in North America. We are just as likely to say “I love your shoes!” as “I love you.” Love is as worn out as old pair of runners here, and many Japanese students have been baffled by...

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Catalan: The resurgence and necessity of dialects

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CATALAN is a dialect spoken in the north of Spain. I found it hard to understand and I speak Spanish. I found a bar (of course- it’s Spain) with great tapas and amazing signs in Sitges, a favorite haunt of Dali. This sign says in Catalan: The camel is an animal which can tolerate thirst the most. Don’t be a camel! Many countries are recognizing the importance of cultural and linguistic diversity. In Canada, some native languages are experiencing a revival which is critical to native culture, nearly extinguished a hundred years ago...

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Language and music. A symphony of learning. Pat Metheny and I at Jazz Alley

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When I saw Pat Metheny at Jazz Alley, I obtained front row seats because I believe that he is out of his body when he is playing guitar. The question is, where does he go? He is at one with his craft, his passion and joy. Similarly, I read Joseph Boyden’s novel “The Orenda” and the novel is so atmospheric and haunted, it appears to have been chaneled by his ancestors. Quite possible. Language and music occupy the same sequential part of the brain, the left side. Learning spontaneously is a right brain activity. Passion and...

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Language: Have some opera for breakfast.

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Today I had the great pleasure of seeing La Donna Del Lago live from the Metropolitan Opera. Thanks to numerous sponsors, we can now see great works of art all over the world. I’m busy editing my writing book. Writing a book about writing my friends is no easy task. To date, I’ve edited each page over 30 times. Hmm…fifteen pages , edited thirty times… it’s exhausting, but you will be happy with the result. How do I stay sane? I engage my senses in other forms of artistic beauty. Thank you Metropolitan Opera! I...

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