Happy & Existential Birthday to Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu May 28, 2019

Happy & Existential Birthday to Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu May 28, 2019

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

This year I was planful about my journey forward which is one of my favorite pastimes.

I thought I would craft an original career as a scholar, artist, international teacher, diplomat and author.

I envisioned teaching parts of the year abroad.  I imagined myself either starting a school, running a department, or teaching a semester here and a semester maybe in Ghana or Mexico.

I adopted the new vision to be an “international teacher.”

The other thought I had was how an artist succeeds.  I think there are plucking grounds for ripe and primed artists via artist residencies.  I was at the Studio Museum in Harlem and The Saatchi Gallery showed up to see artists in residence.  In Europe, there are residencies like the Rijksakademie that also connect artists to European galleries.  Artists in art residencies have completed BFA and MFA, have a body of graduate and professional work, professional studio-they are vetted artists and ripe for the picking.  Also their associates within these programs are other artists that become colleagues and make introductions and form their creative circle.  You get mentorship at residencies that polish the artist.  Perhaps that is something someone like me should do, both go to residencies or perhaps run one in Michigan or in Ghana.

What I think galleries do or should do is keep databases of their groups or pools of artists and keep building on these artist profiles and send them briefs for appropriate shows.  So artists are revolving in different shows.

We need in America more residencies for artists where artists are connected to galleries.  There are new emerging markets for online art sales like with the Saatchi Gallery that are pursuing high and low strategies and price points with print and original sales-where everyone walks out with something.

One thing that many art departments failed to recognize is the need for art writing to bring art to life where the viewer has more information and ability to engage.  The Sotheby’s Institute has an online certificate course in art writing.

I am still having many thoughts about giving and philanthropy.  There need to be backbones in communities.  You have to know when not to be poor but to find a way to make yourself rich because you’re the backbone.  When you need to provide jobs and shouldn’t stop thinking until you have achieved appropriate wealth and vision strategy.  When you have not occasional monies, but regular monies and look to models like the Salvation Army that runs big thrift stores to power shelters etc.

I am thinking about successful systems.  I am thinking about when art provides  “ideas and inspiration” and when art is “functional” and provides a viable solution to a problem or then, is it no longer art?

An existential birthday for me has been buying spiritual books every year around my birthday.  I got: “Ceremony,” by Leslie Marmon Silko, “The Masters and The Spiritual Path, Climb the Highest Mountain Series,” By Mark Prophet, “Foundations of the Path,” Mark. L. Prophet, “The Path to Attainment,” By Mark L. Prophet.

This year I gave myself a ton of gifts which was a thrill.  They are still on the way to me.  I got myself a “birthday shirt” which is light blue with daisy embroidery.  I ordered a bicycle pump and will start cycling again this season when it arrives.  I got a picture of the ocean. I got a risograph print from artist Ryan Molloy.  I got a piano theory book.  I played “Happy Birthday” on the piano several times.  I am attempting to memorize the notes.   I ordered three pairs of shoes, 2 summer sandals and a pair of green New Balance.  I got tart pans.  I baked and baked:  Brownies a la mode, peanut butter cookies, poppy seed muffins and lemon bars.  I got serving trays and a large bowl good enough for paella.  I imagined my future dinner parties.  I got a pink sheet.  I got a house cleaning house dress that is pastel/ carnation/ frosting colors.  I got a nightgown.  The nightgown reminded me of dogs and fireplaces.

My mother sent me some money.  Another friend in Chicago sent a blender for some margaritas.

I got Bruce Lee Video’s, Willy Wonka, vintage Disney, I got Chinese Music, some musicals and foreign language tapes.  I have been loving both cassette tape and videotape.  I got some plastic containers to organize my school work station.  I got a new curling iron.  I got some “Aveda Stress-Fix” oil perfume that smells divine.  I got rose water spray.

I applied to a writing program and researched another writing program and both filled me with the joy of anticipation.  I got a “Pocket Style Manual” by Diana Hacker (writing) that covers clarity, grammar, punctuation and mechanics, MLA/APA/Chicago/CSE, usage and grammatical terms.

I got an “Intermediate Algebra” book by D. Franklin Wright/Bill D. New.  I am a big fan of the highly useful algebra.  I thought about books, informational books, culturally defining books like “Castaneda” or “Wild Irish Rose” or “Arabian Nights.”  I thought about Creative Non-Fiction and Poetry.  I thought about placement within knowledge.  I am working on a book about Interdisciplinary Studies.  I thought about learning.  I thought about auditory then recognition in early learning and throughout life and in advertising, this strange link, how one comes to know, how one comes to have.  I thought about analysis and how it makes you way smarter.  There’s tacit knowledge, but there’s graduated and developed thought.  Becoming a thinker.

I started a book log this year.  Our local Ypsilanti library is recommending that children read about 1000 books a year.  I am aiming for longer books maybe 388 books this year.

Those are some of my main thoughts on this 2019 birthday.  I am really happy to be so peaceful and serene.  I spray rose water on my hair to catch the beauty of the rose to it.

Up to Snuff #52 Writing Basics, Getting Started with a Simple 5 Paragraph Essay

Up to Snuff #52:  Writing Basics, Getting Started with a Simple 5 Paragraph Essay

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu


-Think of your hand and a basic 5 paragraph format that includes:

  1. Introduction
  2. Body paragraph one
  3. Body paragraph two
  4. Body paragraph three
  5. Conclusion


**Always include that skeleton of five paragraphs.  If your paper does not have that much then sometimes it is not even a paper yet because it lacks development.

-Before you start writing mentally note your basic “plan” then thread your document with cadence

What should be in a plan?

Start by summarizing in one statement a clear thesis.  A thesis statement should be your choice of one statement that sums up your whole paper that is your controlling idea.  Your thesis statement is your helm that will guide your whole document.

Then create a short roadmap of what will be included in your document with descriptive language to form your introduction.  You may add things like rhetorical questions to build your document.

Think of linking all your paragraphs with good transitions and progression.  Build your body paragraphs with sophisticated transitions.  Research language you may use for transitions in magazines, books and newspapers.  Avoid using language that is too redundant or simplistic like first, second and third.

When your essay is scored, readers will look for three main areas:

  • Organization
  • Elaboration
  • Conventions

When readers are looking for organization they will look at:

  • Your thesis statement
  • Transitions
  • Introduction and conclusion, and generally your 5 paragraphs
  • Progression
  • Variety

When readers look at your elaboration they are looking for “evidence” that supports your thesis in your body paragraphs that should not be vague or general but specific, factual, and cited.

It is very important to use citations in all of your writing.  It is important to learn how to write a short bibliography, to use in text citations and quotations or to cite the source within your sentence with quotations.

It is important to write in your own words and to read the source material and organize and pull from it without text copying.


When scoring your paper readers will look at the density of errors, the number of errors and the kinds of errors.  They will look to see if you have a partial command of grammar, usage, capitalization, basic sentence structure of subject and verb, no run on’s, no comma splicing, spelling, proper nouns capitalized, first letter of the sentence capitalization, correct contractions, correct tense, correct punctuation, and no grade level errors.



-Put meat on the bones into your essay.  The more you write the more opportunity you have for development and elaboration.  Shorter essays get lower scores.  You have to write a progressive, tight, longer essay to get the highest score.

-Use your domain specific language to help you with spelling.

-Avoid confusion, avoid off topic or tangential writing, be creative, but not too creative. Be precise.

-How to build your vocabulary is by reading a variety of writings including books, newspapers, magazine articles and journals.

-Build your library of writing reference books, see list.

-Make sure you know what goes into a basic sentence and see books like “Clean, Well-Lighted Sentences” by Janis Bell

-Make sure each sentence is strong and warranted as some Professors grade sentence by sentence and look for truth in your writing.

-What is indicative of a higher scored writing is very often “maturity,” length that suggests development, good understanding and organization, good grammar is an easy good grade, good mature transitions, all five paragraphs,  a plan you thread through, nothing missing, no shortcomings, want the highest score and get it


Notes extracted from” Writing in the Disciplines” pg. 31 (Harcourt Brace)

-“Make certain introduction catches readers attention and establishes thesis of your argument”

-“Make certain statistics and other data are derived from respected sources.”

-“Make certain you have not used unfounded emotional appeals.”

-“Make certain your rational appeals are logical and valid.”

-“Make certain your conclusion follows logically from the evidence you have presented.”

-“Make certain you proofread carefully.”















What is significant about the 2005 Kansas Board of Education hearings regarding evolution and Intelligent Design?

By, Afua Osei-Bonsu

Question 1)

Why is Intelligent Design (ID) untestable?  ID has to do with how do new things originate?  According to the “Nature of Science,” By Christine V. McClelland,[1]“Creationism, Creation Science and Intelligent Design (ID) are spiritual concepts” that involve events of phenomena.” Science has long had conflict with spiritual concepts that are not necessarily grounded in the scientific method, are not testable and are based on the belief in supernatural events.[2]

 Question 2)

“What was the big deal about the 2005 Kansas State Board of Education rewording of science?”

The Kansas State Board of Education held hearings about how to define science and how to teach science with conflicting evidence including that of evolution, Darwinism and Intelligent Design. [3]

Teachers were in turmoil while religious and political groups promoted ideas about Creationism and Intelligent Design that aligned with their group’s ideas including those supporting supernatural events within their framing of origin that competed with popular biological and scientific ideas based on fact and perhaps things such as DNA Helix.[4]  What was to be taught in high schools and posted on websites like the popular website detailing “what is science?” to children:  (http://undsci.berkeley.edu/article/babysfirstresearch)

The 2005 Kansas State Board of Education could actually unveil a long term “shroud of ignorance” that published and promoted to students mythical and supernatural ideas that misinformed and mislead students to base their education on something that was not testable or rooted in facts.

The Board of Education settled on teaching a “controversy method,” and “critical analysis of evolution.”  One goal of the outcome was to help students make “informed decisions.”[5]

Perhaps the case presented a juncture in which students may begin to question deeply existentialism, dogma and life origins.  It is unclear if schools will ever present real, tangible, evidence and fact based education.

[1] McClelland, Christine V, The Nature of Science and the Scientific Method

[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kansas_evolution_hearings


[4] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kansas_evolution_hearings­­­



Child’s Play and Science


By, Afua Osei-Bonsu

When comparing scientific investigation to child’s play, babies’ trial and error had synergy.  Babies play time revealed “critical evidence” about “how physical objects interact” which parallels scientist’s investigations of the natural world.[1]  Babies were said to conduct “repeated experiments” by way of “systematic interactions with the world,”   to build their own understanding of the world as would a scientist of the natural world.  Babies and scientists “appear to share same aim,” via investigation, observations, experiments and regarding natural world. [2] The crux of the theory that maintains a similarity between scientists and children is that babies may not be emulating scientists, but scientists in their youth develop “a coherent explanation of some set of phenomenon of the natural world that children use to generate expectations about how people and objects will behave.”[3] Along those lines children may also “reject in favor of a new explanation of the weight of evidence if the weight of evidence goes against a currently accepted explanation.” [4] Children were also said to investigate “human psychology and language.” [5] According to Alison Gopnick, “scientists desires may be a holdover from our infancies…some drive developed as infants that adults tap into.” [6]

[1] http://undsci.berkeley.edu/article/babysfirstresearch

[2] http://undsci.berkeley.edu/article/babysfirstresearch

[3] http://undsci.berkeley.edu/article/babysfirstresearch

[4] http://undsci.berkeley.edu/article/babysfirstresearch

[5] http://undsci.berkeley.edu/article/babysfirstresearch

[6] http://undsci.berkeley.edu/article/babysfirstresearch


What the Top 202 Ways to Accumulate Monies for School are in 2017

The top 201 ways I know of to accumulate monies for school are:

By Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

1) FAFSA, www. fafsa.ed.gov, Stafford Student Loans, Pell Grant, Perkins Loan, SEOG Grant, Teach Grant, the federal grants and loans for undergraduate and graduate school

2) AmeriCorps Vista 1 year, $5770 grant for school

3) CO OP-work part time in the field to defray costs

4) Departmental and college grants

5) Scholarships Financial Aid Office, full ride, grants, transfer, community college transfer grants, recurring scholarships

6) Student org scholarships $1900

7) Foreign Service Fellowships, ask Diplomat in Residence for suggestions ~$37,500 or consular sponsorships for art exhibitions etc

8) MSHDA First Time Home Owners, MSU Extension Meeting, register for an “IDA Savings Account” with matching funds for school or house up to $5000

9) Blog Stores, Shopify, Product Sales

10) Book Publication

11) Graduate Teach or Grad Assistant

12) Chavez Teaching Scholarships

13) Save in 529 Accounts, stash for a PHD

14) Learn direct from manufacturers such as Point Carre or Pantogram Embroidery

15) www.afford.com, payment plans, tuition management systems

16) Multilateral savings plans life insurance, several savings accounts, 529, 401 K, rollover IRA, Disability Accounts

17) www.finaid.org

18) www.fastweb.com

19) Military Benefits-www.afrotc.com/scholarships (Air Force & ROTC)

20) www.collegescholarhships.com

21) Gibill.va.gov

22) www.michigan.gov/mistudentaid, grants and scholarship search

23) www.michigan.gov/setwithmet   Michigan Education Trust

24) www.misaves.com   Michigan Education Savings Program (MESP)

25) Rhodes Scholar

26) Radcliff Fellow, Harvard

27) Endowment formulas

28) Skilled Trade Grants

29) Tuition Reimbursement

30) Consolidation of student loans helps some times

31) Blogging

32) Organized parties, graduation parties, coming of age celebrations with nice invitations

33) Family Trusts

34) Foundation Center, “Requests for Proposals” (RFP) for students

35) Work and go method

36) Work at home or “cockpit” work, outsourcing

37) Paid Internships

38) Company Scholarships

39) Zines, chap books, cook books

40) Apprenticeships

41)  Acquire expertise or professional skills to train, teach, lecture, tutor, or work

42) Sponsorship

43) Governmental Scholarships

44) Local Congressional Representatives Scholarships for region or state or federal

45) SBA Loan or Seed Grant

46) Schools that give Apple laptops to students (Full Sail)

47) Leap Frog Skills

48) Meet Up’s

49) Refined art skills like portraiture, painting, photography

50) School Foundations

51) Stratford Career Institute for basic career skills

52) Boot Camps and full immersion

53) Create value with information

54) Manufacturing

55) Working in general and savings plans, dedicated savings accounts

56) Direct Withdraw

57) Cleaning

58) Think Tanks

59) Publication of thesis or dissertation

60) Community Television or TV Shows or Talk Shows

61) Student newspapers or Magazine Submissions

62) Certified Non Profit Professional or CNP

63) Clubs, organizations and memberships that carry opportunities

64) Awards

65) Grants

66) Basic Human Account or Birthright Package

67) Life Insurance

68) Any job and afford.com, or your schools payment plan

69) Prints or dissemination in general

70) Acting, modeling, private artist model,  or class artist model eg. portraits or sculpture

71) Grandparents and parents, older siblings will often help

72) Kitsch parties, Tupperware, Christmas Pageant Sales, admissions

73) Research Grants

74) Advertising

75) Product or Service

76) Rentals

77) For Hire

78) Private Lessons

79) Night Sewing

80) DJing

81) Selling companies, writing a business plan or sale of an idea or concept

82) Work nights

83) Train to be personal trainer

84) Fulfillment

85) Start an organization

86) Be a Chef or Personal Chef

87) Bud Tender or Dispensary

88) Work in the Government or for State Department

89) Taxi Driver

90) Research Surveys

91) Wait Tables

92) Learn volume practices, steam cabinets for volume food service

93) Concerts, recitals, readings, lectures, tours

94) Self Publish

95) MIT Open Source

96) Ecommerce

97) Mortgage or Renovations Monies

98) Promotional Items

99) Events

100) Prosperous Zero

101) Make finery

102) Imports/Exports

103) Shops, restaurants, franchises, drive thru’s

104) Serve the community

105) Pharmaceuticals

106) Supply Chain

107) Plumbing

108) Electrician

109) Work Study

110) Childcare, nanny, Governess

111) Landscaping

112) Mowing, when grass grows you make money

113) Use Home Depot Plans to construct play houses or projects

114) Put up Christmas lights

115) Murals

116) Holiday products or services, entertainment, events, gatherings

117) University Research Studies

118) Volunteer Work

119) Work in a car dealership

120) Audio Visual

121) Tech Support

122) Repairs

123) Trainer of new tech, cell phones, social media etc.

124) Flyers, pamphlets, college bulletins

125) Rehearsal studios and private lessons

126) Art works

127) Article submission, syndication, or reprints

128) Crowd Funding

129) Social Media Promotions

130) Go into parents fields for contacts

131) Database, online rolodex, enters email, list serve

132) Administrative Assistant

133) Staffing agencies (UM Temporary, Manpower, Resource MFG)

134) Build a repository of knowledge

135) Go to the library

136) Build a home library

137) Refinance

138) Poetry

139) College Career Sites

140) Film

141) Library of Congress, building collections or documentation

143) a US Artist

144) Pedagogy

145) Exhibitions

146) Business Plan

147) Travel Writer

148) Critic

149) Tour Guide

150) Work at the hospital or in the pharmacy

151) Graduate Assistant

152) Kabbage.com  business expansion loans

153) SBA Business Loans

154) Fulfillments

155) Out of mortgage or Renovations Loans

156)  Grants to school for STEM

157)  Publications, columnist, freelance article and journal submissions

158) Inheritance

159) Trickle Down where older sibling pays for next in line

160) Franchise & Group of colleagues running a franchise, Teen Franchises

161) Go to President,/Government with A’s and Intentions or plans for contribution

162) Parents 529 Investment, Parental Retirement Accounts or savings

163) Work in parent’s business

164) bank loan

165) Sell postcards, key chains, promotional items

166) Self Publish

167) Valuable information

168) Investments, live off interest

169) Certifications (life guard, boating, swim instructor, personal trainer, plumbing etc)

170) Scholarship Databases finaid, fastweb, schools

171) Do things other people don’t want to do

173) Technology, programming, social media, apps, links, software engineering, IT

174) Training others

175) Lots of hours and manufacturing

176) Temp to hire

177) Executive Assistant

178) Two or three jobs

179) Jobsites, like Michigan Talent, Indeed, school sites, Craigslist

180) 403B, 401K, 529, savings accounts, learn to save, portfolio of savings accounts

181) Never taking out credit card accounts helps to have wealth above zero

182) Art Fair Circuits

183) Magazines

184) Prints

185) Diversity of Skill

186) Loops, Links, Webinars, Online Ads, Ecommerce Degrees

187) Bands, music, sheet music, composition

188) Theater, ticket sales, shows, performance in general

189) Graphic Design/Print Media

190) Assembly

191) Teaching in Online Schools

192) Teaching Community College

193) Quick Skill and resume building that helps to generate more income sometimes via volunteer & internship, classes, orgs

194) Become a Founder or CEO

195) Resume Writing

196) Business Plan

197) Gallery Representation or Art Dealer

198) Residencies

199) Big Box or Fortune 200 or Fortune 500 benefits and matching funds, tuition reimbursements

200) Product sales

201) RFP, Request for Proposals, eg. foundation center.org

202) Tax credits




















Up to Snuff #3: “A Fundamental Writers Desk Top Reference Book List” Revised 10-15-2017

Up to Snuff #3: Revised (10-15-17)  “A Fundamental Desk Top Reference Book List for Writers”

By Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu


Newton’s Telecom Dictionary, By Harry Newton, Flatiron Books, 2007

Webster’s New World Collegiate Dictionary, Fourth Edition, Wiley, Hoboken, NJ

The American Heritage Dictionary of The English Language, fourth edition, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston & New York

Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, Eleventh Edition, Oxford University Press, Oxford

The Grosset Webster Dictionary (Childrens)

Harrap’s Shorter French & English Dictionary

501 Spanish Verbs

Dictionaries of the World

Diccionario Sigmer (Spanish Dictionary of synonyms)

Style Manuals/Grammar

MLA Style, APA Style, Chicago Style

Understanding Style, Practical Ways to Improve Your Writing, Joe Glassar, Oxford University Press, Jan 2015

The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation

A Guide to Composition Pedagogies, by Gary Tate, Amy Rupiper Taggart, Oxford University Press, 2013

Doing Grammar, by Max Morenberg, Oxford University Press, 2013,

The Chicago Manual of Style, University of Chicago Press, 2003

The Associated Press Style Book

Variety of Style books from newspapers

The Elements of Style, By William Strunk, Jr &  E.B. White, The Macmillan Company


Studies in the History of the English Language VI : Evidence and Method in Histories of English. by Michael. Adams, Laurel J. Brinton, R. D. Fulk

Format:eBook  Publication year:  2015

Studies in language origins. Volume 1 by Jan. Wind

Format: eBook, Publication year: 1989

AP Style Book Online

A Writer’s Reference 6th Edition By Diana Hacker

Hacker, Diana, Research and Documentation in the Electronic Age

Hacker, Diana, Pocket Style Manual

Booth, Wayne, Gregory Colomb, and Joseph Williams, The Craft of Research

Lunsford, Andrea and Robert Connors, Easy Writer, A Pocket Guide

Murray, Donald M., The Craft of Revision

Williams, Joseph, Style:  Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace

Zinsser, William, On Writing Well

Viking Book of Aphorisms:  A Personal Selection  W.H. Arden


Harper Dictionary of Contemporary Usage, by William and Morris, Harper & Row, 1975

Dictionary of Problem Words & Expressions, Mcgraw Hill Book Company, 1975

A Careful Writer: A Modern Guide to English Usage, By Theodore M. Bernstein, Free Press 1965

More Language That Needs Watching, By Theodore M. Bernstein, Channel Press 1962

Watch Your Language, By Theodore Bernstein, Atheneum, 1958

The Word, by Rene Cappon, The Associated Press, 1982

Modern American Usage by Wilson Follet, Hill & Wang, 1966

A Dictionary of Modern English Usage, Oxford University Press 1965

Fowler’s Modern English Usage, By H.W. Fowler & R.W. Burchfield Oxford University Press, 2004


Semantics in Generative Grammar (Blackwell Textbooks in Linguistics) by Irene Heim

Language in Thought and Action Fifth Edition By, Hayakawa and Alan R. Hayakawa

Semantics Introducing Linguistics By John Saeed

Semantics (Palgrove Modern Linguistics) by Kate Kearns

Meaning & Language, An Introduction to Semantics and Pragmatics (Oxford Textbooks in Linguistics) By Alan Cruse

Semantics:  A Course book By James R. Hartford and Michael B. Smith

Meaning:  A Slim guide to Semantics Oxford Linguistics By Paul Elbourne

Semantic Web for the Working Ontologist, Second Edition:  Effective Modeling in RDFS and OWL by Dean Allemang and James Hendler

Semantic Perception:  How the Illusion of a Common Language Arises and Persists by Jody Azzouni

Drive Yourself Sane:  Using Uncommon Sense of General Semantics, Third Edition, by Susan Presby Kodish and Bruce I. Kodish


Syntax:  A Generative Introduction By Andrew Carnie

Sin & Syntax:  How to Craft Wicked Good Prose By Constance Hale

The Syntax Handbook Everything You Learned About Syntax But Forgot By, Laura M. Justice

The Art of Syntax:  Rhythm of thought, Rhythm of Song By ellen Bryant Voight

Artful Sentences, Syntax as Style  By Virginia Tufte

The Syntax Workbook:  A Companion to Carnies Syntax By Andrew Carnie

Understanding Syntax by Maggie Tallerman

Syntax:  a Minimalist Introduction By Andrew Radford


Introductory Phonology By, Bruce Hayes

Introducing Phonology Cambridge Introductions to Language and Linguistics by, David Odden

Phonology a Coursebook by, Robert Kennedy

The Sounds of Language:  An Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology by, Elizabeth C. Zsiga

Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology From Concepts to Transcription By Jacqueline Bauman-Waengler

Articulation & Phonology in Speech Sound Disorders:  A Clinical Focus 5th Edition By, Jacqueline Bauman-Waengler

NAVLIPI Volume 1, A New Universal, Script (Alphabet) Accommodating the Phonemic Idiosyncrasies of all Words By, Prasanna Chandra Sekhar & Nicholas Ostler

An Introduction to Phonetics & Phonology by John Clark + Colin Yallop

English Phonetics and Phonology Paperwork with Audio CD’s (2):  A Practical Course By, Peter Roach

Phonology (Palgrove Modern Linguistics) By, Phillip Carr & Jean-Pierre Montreuil

Introduction to Russian Phonology & Word Structure By, William Hamilton

Sanskrit Manual:  A Quick Reference Guide to Phonology and Grammar of Classical Sanskrit

Applied English Phonology by, Mehmet Yavas

The Phonology & Morphology of Arabic The Phonology of the Worlds Languages By, Janet C. E. Watson

Phonetically based Phonology By Bruce Hayes and Robert Kirchner

Understanding Phonology Understanding Language By, Carlos Gussenboven & Haille Jacobs

Generative Phonology Description and Theory By, Michael Kenstowicz & Charles Kissebert

Phonology:  An Introduction to Basic Concepts, Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics By Roger Lass

Introducing Phonetics & Phonology By Mike Davenport & S.J. Hannahs

Phonology & Generative Grammar, (Blackwell Textbooks in Linguistics No. 7) by, Michael Kenstowicz

Evolutionary Phonology:  The Emergence of Sound Patterns By, Juliette Blevins

Que Bien Suena:  Mastering Spanish Phonetics and Phonology (World Languages) By, Jeffrey D. Stokes


The Dictionary of Modern Proverbs By, Charles Clay Doyle

Encyclopedia of World Proverbs, Prentice Hall Encyclopedia of World Proverbs by, Wolfgang Mieder

Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs, Oxford Quick Reference By Jennifer Speake


The Elements of Journalism

Journalism Basics

Feature Writing, By Lee Friedlander

The Investigative Reporter’s Handbook:  A Guide to Documents, Databases and Techniques

News Writing and Reporting and Reporting for Today’s Media  B.D. Itule

The Longman Guide to Style and Writing on the Internet  M.C. Sammons

Film writing and selected journalism by James Agee

From fact to fiction : journalism & imaginative writing in America  by Shelley Fisher. Fishkin

American Earth : environmental writing since Thoreau  by Bill. McKibben, Al Gore

The New Journalism by Tom Wolfe, E. W. Johnson

The rhetoric of empire : colonial discourse in journalism, travel writing, and imperial administration  by David Spurr

Broadcast journalism : an introduction to news writing  by Mark W. Hall

News writing  by George A. Hough

Writing your journal article in 12 weeks : a guide to academic publishing success  by Wendy Laura. Belcher

News reporting and writing by Melvin. Mencher

Longman Dictionary of Mass Media Communication, Tracy D. Connors

 Letters & Correspondence

Letters  by Theodore Roosevelt, Elting Elmore. Morison, John Morton Blum, John J. Buckley

Correspondence by Herman Melville, Lynn. Horth

Holmes-Pollock letters; the correspondence of Mr. Justice Holmes and Sir Frederick Pollock, 1874-1932.

by Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.,, Frederick Pollock, Mark De Wolfe Howe

Letters. by Edward FitzGerald, J. M. Cohen

Correspondence.  by Jonathan Swift, Harold Herbert Williams Sir,

The habit of being : letters by Flannery. O’Connor, Sally. Fitzgerald

The letters of T.S. Eliot  by T. S. Eliot, Valerie. Eliot

Hour of gold, hour of lead; diaries and letters of Anne Morrow Lindbergh, 1929-1932.

by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Mazal Holocaust Collection.

A treasury of the world’s great letters from ancient days to our own time : containing the characteristic and crucial communications, and intimate exchanges and cycles of correspondence, of many of the outstanding figures of world history, and some notable contemporaries

by M. Lincoln Schuster, Rouben Mamoulian Collection (Library of Congress)


Essays and reviews  by Edgar Allan Poe, Gary Richard Thompson

Millennial stages : essays and reviews, 2001-2005  by Robert Sanford Brustein

Toynbee and history; critical essays and reviews, by Ashley Montague

The Concept of a Philosophical Jurisprudence : Essays and Reviews 1926-51. by Michael. Oakeshott, Luke. O’Sullivan

The theory and practice of American literary naturalism : selected essays and reviews by Donald. Pizer

Hewing to experience : essays and reviews on recent American poetry and poetics, nature and culture

by Sherman. Paul

The vocabulary of a modern European state : Essays and Reviews 1953-1988. by Michael. Oakeshott

The eye of the story : selected essays and reviews by Eudora Welty

The responsibilities of the critic; essays and reviews.  by F. O. Matthiessen

Essays and reviews : the 1860 text and its reading by Victor Shea, William Whitla

Writing nature : Henry Thoreau’s Journal  by Sharon. Cameron

The Essay, By Crowell and Kolba


Academic Writing with Readings, Teresa Thonney, Oxford University Press

The Copy Editors Handbook

Serious Daring, Creative Writing in Four Genres, Lisa Roney, Oxford University Press, 2014

Modern American Poetry, Anthology of Modern American Poetry, Oxford University Press, 2014

Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry, Cary Nelson, Oxford University Press, 2014

How to Interpret Literature, Critical Theory for Literary and Cultural Studies, Robert Dale Parker, Oxford University Press, 2014

Advertising, A very Short Introduction, Winston Fletcher, Oxford University Press, 2010

Bestsellers, A Very short Introduction, John Sutherland, Oxford University Press, 2007

Food, A Reader for Writers, Deborah Holdstein, Columbia college Chicago, 2014

Humor, A Reader for Writers, Kathleen Volk Miller, Drexel University, Marion Wrenn, MY Abu Dhabi

Contemporary Fiction, A very Short Introduction, Robert Eaglestone, Oxford Unversity Press, 2013

Design, John Heskett, Hong Kong Polytechnic, 2005

English Literature, Jonathan Bate, University of Warwick, 2010

Ethics, Simon Blackburn, University of Cambridge, 2009

Globalization, Manfred Steger, University of Hawaii, 2013

Tragedy, Adrian Poole, University of Cambridge and Trinity College, 2005

Writing and Script, Andrew Robinson, Wolfson College, Cambridge, 2009

Subversive Copy Editor

Literature and The Writing Process

Patterns of Exposition 8

Writing in the Disciplines, Third Edition, Harcourt Brace College, 1995

Euripedes IV, The Complete Greek Tragedies, Edited by David Greene and Richmond Lattiore, the University of Chicago Press, 1958

The Best Travel Writing 2000

Writing your poem, a practical approach to verse writing. Lawrence John Zillman

A manual for writers of research papers, theses, and dissertations : Chicago Style for students and researchers by Kate L. Turabian, Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, Joseph M. Williams

Writing under pressure : the quick writing process by Sanford. Kaye

The Past before us : contemporary historical writing in the United States by Michael G. Kammen, American Historical Association.

University writing : selves and texts in academic societies by Montserrat. Castelló, Christiane. Donahue

The Chicago guide to writing about numbers by Jane E. Miller

Student Research and Report Writing : From Topic Selection to the Complete Paper. by Gabe T. Wang, Keumjae. Park

Teaching with writing by Toby Fulwiler

The Art of Public Speaking, by Stephen E. Lucas

Permutations Edited by Joan Digby and Bob Brier

Paper Airplane, by Bard

Exploring Literature, Writing and Thinking about fiction, poetry, Drama and the essay, By Frank Madden

The Norton Introduction to Literature, Fiction, Bain Beaty Hunter

Studies in Fiction, Blaze O. Bonanza, Emil Roy, Sandra Roy

Efictions, Short Story and Novel Reader, Joseph F. Trimmer, C. Wade Jennings, Annette Patterson

The Yale Book of Quotations By Fred R. Shapiro and Joseph Epstein

Trivium The Classical Liberal Arts of Grammar, Logic & Rhetoric By, John Michell

Rhetoric:  The Art of Persuasion by Andrew Aberdeen

My First Words By, Teora

Memoir:  Growing up Italian American:  The Memoirs of Ferdinand Visco and the Stories of Two Italian Families By Ferdinand Visco M.D.

Technical Writing

Technical Communication, 11th edition 2014
Mike Markel
ISBN: 978-0312-485979
Bedford/St. Martin’s

Technical and Professional Writing, Solving Problems at Work, By Kennedy & Montgomery

Business Writing, By Wilma Davidson

The Essentials of Technical Communication, Third Edition, Elizabeth Tebbeaux, Oxford University Press, 2014

Excellence in Business Communication, Twelth Edition 2017
John V. Thill and Courtland L. Bovee
ISBN: 9780134388144
Loose Leaf Edition: ISBN: 9780134388175

Successful Writing at Work, 4th Concise Edition 2014
Philip Kolin
ISBN: 978-1280-5052564

Technical Communication Today, 5th Edition 2014
Richard Johnson-Sheehan
ISBN 978-0321-907981

The Essentials of Technical Communication 3rd Edition 2014
Elizabeth Tebeaux and Sam Dragga
ISBN: 978-0195-5384222
Oxford University Press

Writing in the Health Professions 2005
Barbara A. Heifferon
ISBN: 978-0321-105271


What Editors Do:  The Art, Craft and Business of Book Editing by Peter Ginna

Proofing Handbook McGraw Hill


Cassell’s Latin Dictionary Latin-English

The Latin language. by Leonard R. Palmer

Roman antiquities: or, An account of the manners and customs of the Romans; designed to illustrate the Latin classics, by explaining words and phrases, from the rites and customs to which they refer.

by Alexander Adam, James Boyd

A history of Latin literature. by Moses Hadas

Oxford Latin dictionary  by P. G. W. Glare

A handbook of Latin literature from the earliest times to the death of St. Augustine, by H. J. Rose

Medieval Latin palaeography : a bibliographical introduction

by Leonard E. Boyle, University of Toronto.

The poems, English, Latin and Greek, of Richard Crashaw

by Richard Crashaw, L. C. Martin

Analytical comparison of the Sanskrit, Greek, Latin and Teutonic languages, shewing the original identity of their grammatical structure

by Franz Bopp, Joseph-Daniel Guigniaut


Vocabulary Workshop in Chinese-English Jeong Kee Kim

Soules Dictionary of English Synonyms

Writing Tools

How Writing Works, Jordynn Jack, Oxford University Press, 2014

So What, the Writers Argument, Kurt Schick and Laura Schubert, Oxford University Press, 2013

Who Says, Deborah H. Holdstein, Danielle Aquiline, Oxford University Press, 2013

The Real World Reader, A Rhetorical Reader for Writers, James S. Miller, Oxford University Press, January 2015

Poverty Privilege, A Reader for Writers, Connie Snyder Mick, Oxford University Press, 2014

Technology, A Reader for Writers, Johannah Rodgers, Oxford University Press, 2014

Language, A Reader for Writers, Gita Dasbender, Oxford University Press, 2013

Identity, A Reader for Writers, John Scenters-Zapico, Oxford University Press, 2013

Sustainability, A Reader for Writers, Carl Herndl, Oxford University Press, 2013

Culture, A Reader for Writers, John Mauk, Oxford University Press, 2013

A Guide for Writing Tutors, Practice and Research, Lauren Fitzgerald, Oxford University Press, Feb 2015

Research Methods

Social Research Methods By Bryman on Oxford Press

The Research Imagination:  An Introduction to Qualitative and Quantitative Methods By Gray, Williamson, Karp, Dalphin, Cambridge Press

The Scientific Method Historical and Philosophical Introduction By Barry Gower

The Research Paper Handbook James Lester

Research methods by Jack R. Nation

Statistical methods in research and production. by Owen L. Davies, Peter Lewis. Goldsmith

Qualitative research methods for the social sciences by Bruce L. Berg

Research methods in physical activity  by Jerry R. Thomas, Jack K. Nelson

MLA handbook for writers of research papers. by Joseph Gibaldi, Modern Language Association of America.

Research papers by William. Coyle

The craft of research by Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, Joseph M. Williams

A guide to writing sociology papers  by Judith. Richlin-Klonsky, Ellen Strenski, Roseann. Giarrusso, University of California, Los Angeles. Sociolo

Writing the laboratory notebook by Howard M. Kanare


Words into Type, by Marjorie E. Skillin & Robert M. Gay, Prentice- Hall Inc., 1974

Josef Muller-Brockman Swiss designer

Jan Tschichold  German Typography

Stereo graphics

False Flat


Bedfordstmartins.com/tech com   (how to make graphs tutorials)



National Geographic Atlas of the World, 8th Edition, National Geographic Society, Washington D.C.

Atlas of The World   Oxford University Press

Medical Directories & Handbooks

The Merck Manuals Online Medical Library  www.merck.com/mmpe/index.html

U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Heatlh  www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/

www.cdc.gov  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Medical Dictionary

Directories & Handbooks

Official Congressional Directory, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C.


Political Handbook of the World:  CQ Press, Washington, D.C.

For company names consult the New York Stock Exchange http://www.nyse.com or NASDAQ at http://wwwnasdaq.com

http://biz.ap.org  stock abbreviations alphabetical list of company names

Capital IQ a division of Standard & Poor’s

Religion Questions Handbook of Denominations in the United States

The Non Profit Organization Handbook, Tracy D. Connors (Look for all Tracy D. Connors Books)


Technology books and binder of shortcuts

Extra Suggestions

The Calligraphy Source Book

Write now : the complete program for better handwriting by Barbara. Getty, Inga. Dubay

Purdue Owl website including “how to write an academic cover letter”

Telephone books

Binder of language studies

Webster’s Complete Desktop Reference Book

Special Thanks to: Norwich University/ Kreitzberg Library, University of Michigan Library/ Hatcher Library, Associated Press Style Manual Bibliography, Eastern Michigan University/ Pray-Harrold Writing Dept., Purdue University, Oxford University Press Catalog, Ann Arbor District Library, Ypsilanti District Library, Amazon Books, Compendiums, digests and random finds.


Tight Jeans

Tight Jeans

Because she looks

Like she can’t breathe

She doesn’t look alive


Because she looks

Like she can’t breathe intentionally

She doesn’t look intelligent


Because she looks

Like she wants to show her body negatively

She looks negatively sexual


Because her movement is restricted

She has reduced her potential

Reduced her health


Because her clothing

Looks ill fitting

She looks impoverished






A Learned Man, Skyscrapers and Ships

We spoke at a time he was feeling low self-esteem and to bolster him, it was expressed to me an ability to build both skyscrapers and ships-“I am a learned man, he said.”

If I were to draft a letter to my children, it would include suggestions for their education and pursuit of knowledge. To get into “schools of knowledge” was my initial idea. I thought it was possible to work on what I call “Preparations” and select a time period or speak to an era.

For example, one professor’s internet profile: A Biologist, Researcher, Naturalist and Author. On another page, it read an Entomologist or Evolutionary Biologist. Wouldn’t it be interesting to see the myriad titles and credentials scholars and scientists have assumed over the ages?

Albert Einstein, the Founder of Earth, studied towards 17 degrees at Oxford University which include the following:

Albert Einstein’s 17 degrees were:

  • Writing
  • Math
  • Science
  • Engineering
  • Earth Science
  • Language
  • Culinary
  • Music
  • Accounting
  • Law
  • Geometry (Early Engineering tied to)
  • Algebra
  • Art
  • Painting
  • Manufacturing
  • Architecture
  • Building

I found it really intriguing that Geometry related to early Engineering. Wouldn’t it be fantastic to have a nice collection of old math books? I found algebra completely satisfying. I have enjoyed drafting simple formulas that I thought could be applied to an endowment strategy. One could obtain a lot of mileage out of an Algebra degree.

I have had many thoughts and built a research around education, knowledge, intelligence, learning, thinking abilities and wisdom. Wisdom can relate to the number of wise decisions one makes in their life. One can even work on their being to create an “Intelligent Being,” with perhaps intelligent hands or intelligent eyes or feet. I want to advance my hand. I thought my father had a beautiful penmanship from engineering school and drafting.

I think its important to work from a scaffolding of questions to “notch and notch”, work on the “keys to our existence” and existentialism.

The other day I was making notes about the “ciclo” or era which began with necessity and guided manufacturing.  One can draw a right angle to populate a list downwards that pertains to era then at a 45 degree angle illustrate in words a “cross thread” then on the horizontal mark apply your research.  Its possible to unlock something sage and begin to draw non-stop.

I would love to teach a “Crux Class” and cover Universe studies and Nuclear Energy.  It would be interesting to tell them to linger for 100 years or so and cover manifestation and pouring an idea into a form.  Become a “Future Thinker.”