I Will Tell You of my Dreaming

It really bothers me when people fail to respect my feelings. Doesn’t everybody get bothered by this?  I see this at work when people correct my students at public events such as assemblies. These people don’t even seem to think they are being rude. I know my kids are hurt by it. Why don’t they go through me? I dream of something better, a more considerate world

It leads to thoughts that are quite daunting. Has the world changed or have I? I see rude people everywhere. It seems to be the norm that people ignore me. The number of people that listen appears to be dwindling. I can live with it but there truly seems to a surplus of caring people that I encounter who are sad.

Without appearing like a whiny brat asking for more stuff, I want to tell you some things of which I am dreaming about.

  1. Whirled peas
  2. Buried treasure
  3. The time to call parents for good things as much as for bad behavior.
  4. Continued effectiveness with my students next year: 2016-2017
  5. Nurturing a love for all people.
  6. A state of mind I was in a few weeks ago when I finally healed from my cold and cough. I could see all the tasks that I needed to do for others.
  7. Let the amazement of so many good ones boost my spirits, don’t dwell on the dishonest ones,

Remember what Debbie Harry said:

When I saw you in the restaurant.

You could tell I was no debutante.

You ask me what’s my pleasure, a movie or a measure …

I’ll have a cup of tea and tell you of my “Dreaming.” Dreaming is free…


Here’s a pingback to #SoCS.

The Habitual Be of Ebonics

I studied a little ebonics while at Cal State Fullerton. I learned so many cool characteristics of the language, one of those was the habitual be. You’ve probably heard it spoken but not heard “of” it.

language_files-6164828In the field of linguistics, we have observed a “habitual be” in ebonics. This is not simply a grammatical error. It is actually an identifiable, quantifiable language rule that is present in some African American dialects. Whether or not you accept ebonics as a standard language doesn’t matter, we see the habitual be many many places on the globe.

Today’s SoCs prompt was to write on the word “be.”

What does it sound like? Basically this: “She be working at that shop for years.” It precedes the verb (working) to mean that she has been there a long time. There are other uses of the habitual be. I found it quite remarkable in grad school studies. Since graduating with my MA, I notice it all the time in movies, tv, books, and in my every day work as a teacher at an inner city school.

This post is part of Blogging From A to Z April (2016) Challenge

Small World for This and That

Linda Hill’s prompt for this week’s SoCS entry is: “this and that.”

I have a love relationship with the Spanish language. The way the words conjugate and are ordered in a sentence is like art to me. We say “this and that,” Spanish says “esto y eso.” That’s remarkable. Language is something that requires hundreds of years at least to develop and work effectively in a community. You can say a people are advanced if they have their own language. I did a quick search on Google Translate to see how you say “this and that” in a few other languages.

Ahmaric: ይህን እና
Arabic: هذا و ذاك
Armenian: yev ayd
Japanese: あれこれ
Bengali: এটা এবং ওটা

This is close, that is over there.


When I think of how much these meanings have evolved to be what they are today, it is mind blowing. I liked language so much, I studied it at Cal State University Fullerton. I earned my BA and an MA in language. I graduated in 1998 and I don’t think a day goes by now all these years later that I don’t think “this and that” about language. The photo is of me in 1996 at age 26 with my Spanish Conversation teachers in Guadalajara Mexico. I was there that Summer as a foreign exchange student.

Love/Hate Relationship With Tires

This is a stream of consciousness blog challenge using the world “tire.” You can find the link below along with an explanation of how it works. Try it yourself!

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “tire.”  Use it with a prefix and/or and suffix or use it as is. Enjoy!

Source: Stream of Consciousness Saturday | Linda G. Hill

There are two ways to fix flat tires that I have used in my time: 1) a donut spare and 2) a Fix-a-Flat chemical can. Before I got married and had a family, in other words as a single man, I would always drive on these temporary solutions for months, even a year in one case. Since then, I have learned they are not reliable for long and once you get the vehicle going, you should report directly to the tire place.

We have a great tire place here in Victorville, it’s called “America’s Tire.” They will repair your tire for free if they can, and they are usually able to. If they are not able to they will give you several quotes to get you in a safe tire that day. I seriously love the place. They are one of the last honest businesses out there. Tires are not always the most exciting way to spend ones money. When you have to, it’s helpful to have a place you can trust.

I once knew a guy who whenever I asked him how it was gong he would say: “Same car different tires.” I think everyone chuckled at that because everyone with a car can relate. They are like shoes but for your vehicle. There comes a time when they are worn out and you have to go shopping! At the same time, who can deny the relaxed feeling, the peace you get when you have new black tires on your car!

Another Animal – #SoCS

I studied Spanish at 2 universities and also in Guadalajara, Mexico in the Summer of 1996. I have an MA in English with a certificate to teach English as a second language (TESOL). I’m here to tell you people from Mexico have a lot of mysterious unwritten language rules I have observed through the years. Whether it was in school sitting next to a couple Mexicans, working in a restaurant with a gang of them, or teaching them as I have as a large component of my yearly student list every one of the last 14 years, I recognize a lot. One thing is they call each other “way.” I’ not sure how it would be spelled, maybe Weigh? Wey? It’s used as a term of brotherhood and friendship.

“Que onda wey?” This means something akin to, “What’s up animal?” I asked an 18 year old once what it meant and he told me it was short for “huevos” which means both “eggs” and a cow’s balls. I enjoy language very much. I may never take another class but I use my experiences in college and ordinary life to watch it ebb and flow around me, and and any observation usually comes around another way, through time.

Source: The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Jan. 30/16 | Linda G. Hill

A SoCS Swan Swan Hummingbird Goes By

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “odd/even.”  Use one, use both, use ’em any way you’d like! Enjoy!

Source: The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Jan. 23/16 | Linda G. Hill

Six on one half dozen the other is such a cool American idiom. Odds and evens remind me of that. This is free association SoCS right? Do I have to make sense of why? I discovered the idiom in an REM song in 80’s. Michael Stipe sings,

Six and one, half dozen the other
Tell that to the captain’s mother

Swan Swan Hummingbird, REM

I listened to their music so closely growing up. Lucky for me, Stipe was a literary guy like myself so I had a lot of stuff to look up through the years. I think part of my impetus to study English at the university was because I liked lyrics so much, especially his. ODD/EVEN has another connotation for me. Sarah’s dad when he first really hung out with me at the lake came up to me reaching for my nearly hairless chest, I’m not a hairy guy, and pulled some out saying “odd or even.” My wife was so embarrassed but I thought it was funny. For the life of me I still don’t know why he thought it was funny. A final one: computers work on a system of zeroes and ones. I think of that pattern as odd/even. Blogging works on a giant mountain of odd/even symbols.

#SoCS rocks! Try it yourself, read the directions at Linda Hill‘s post.