Alternatives to the Environmental & Economic Damage by the Border Wall Joffre (J.D.) Meyer @bohemiotx

“This Twitter moment offers alternatives (technology & more) to the environmental & economic destruction–including ecotourism–by the proposed border wall. Executive Order 12898 (1994) is Environmental Justice in Minority & Low Income Populations.”

1. Environmental & Ecotourism Impact of the Proposed Border Wall by @bohemiotx … #environment #SouthTX #ecotourism #EconomicJustice

2. Environmental & Ecotourism Impact of the Proposed Border Wall, Part Two: Smart Walls with Technology, by J.D. Meyer … via @bohemiotx #Technology #BorderWall #Environment #Texas

3. Republican Congressman: Trump’s Border Crisis Is a ‘Myth’ … via @RollingStone #NorthernTriangle #LiDAR #NoBorderWall #SmartWall #ambassadors

4. Marines commandant protests US border deployments, wall … via @YahooNews #military #NoBorderWall

5. The Texas-Mexico Border Wall Comes with a Dangerous, Costly Side Effect: Flooding … #BorderWall #floods #environment

6. Forget Trump’s Border Wall. Let’s Build F.D.R.’s International Park. #BigBend #environment #Texas

7. New alternative to Trump’s wall would create jobs, renewable energy, and increase border security [solar, wind, natural gas and desalination facilities along the entirety of the border]. #GreenEnergy #Border #economics

8. Future Energy, Water, Industry and Education Park (FEWIEP) … #FEWIEP #environment #RenewableEnergy

Replying to @amyklobuchar @keithellison
9. Could Executive Order 12898–Environmental Justice in Minority & Low Income Populations (1994) help in the fight against the #BorderWall? #ecotourism #SouthTX

10. Christina McNearney @tmcnearney1 • Mar 16
We stand strong as one progressive movement against our president’s anti-immigrant, anti-environment agenda. #NoBorderWall–border-communities-for-environmental–social-justice-no-beds-no-boots-no?promoid=7010Z0000027Wv5QAE&utm_medium=recruit&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=addup&tc=false

My 5th Anniversary on Twitter: October 7, 2016 by J.D. Meyer

20.1K tweets & 5644 Followers

Twitter has brought this disabled teacher (aka. @bohemiotx) intellectual companionship throughout the world. Roughly 1/3 of my followers are outside the USA and on every continent. My Twitter profile notes that I “read…and share” news, education, health, politics, & social media. Plus I’m an ENFP, a Myers-Briggs Type indicator (MBTI) profile. A few months ago, I made my daily e-journal a pinned tweet, meaning that’s the first tweet you’ll see on my site.

I’ve written milestone essays about Twitter in the past, such as when I reached the 1000 and 1500 follower marks. You’ll notice that this article is a week-and-a-half late. That’s because I tweet so much. Somewhat unfortunately, much of my time is spent battling #DumpTrump, for I’m a Democrat, who is definitely anti-fascist.

I’m a serious tweeter because you’ll see links and descriptive #hashtags with my work. But I sometimes participate in the trending topics found in the left-hand margin to add a little levity to my cyberspace work. I have freedom in what I tweet about because I’m retired. Some professionals would need to stay focused on their field or business, and many would need to avoid politics to keep from alienating possible clientele.

Analyzing your Twitter Site

It’s good to belong to those sites that analyze your performance on Twitter. Twitter Analytics is a great place to gain insight on your progress, and it’s at Twitter itself. Each month, you’ll see your top tweet, top follower, top card tweet, and top mention. Furthermore, you’ll see your total impressions and engagements for the month. All this detail goes back for two years; the previous six months only cites you top follower and total impressions.

Here are a few of my favorite examples. My top tweet of September 2016 (6017 tweets) was “Saudi Arabian women take to Twitter to demand independence to men.” #TogetherToEndMaleGuardianship @ulil. Note that I forwarded it to somebody, and he’s Ulil Abshar-Abdalla, founder of the Liberal Islam of Indonesia, as well as my top follower of February 2015 with 598K followers.

Six times this year, my top card tweet has been my revised WordPress article, “Asthma-COPD Overlap Syndrome (ACOS): Footnotes and Commentary from a Patient” Basically, I tried to explain a Top 100 WebxMD article of 2015 from East Asia. Then I added information, such as a link to my article at Newscastic on using your peak flow meter to check your forced exhale volume (FEV), a must before leaving the house or when breathlessness strikes! Twice I’ve sent it to Dr. Bich-May Nguyen @bicmay, a Family Physician in Houston with a Master’s in Public Health Policy from Harvard. Also, I’ve sent it to @InTrainingDoc and @juliaoftoronto, answering the question for the latter “6. Science is poorly communicated to the public.” Hashtags include #COPD, #HCSM, and #ACOS.

My top tweet of May 2016 was an advertisement for #OpenSource (free online textbooks). “@PaulQuinnTigers @michaelsorrell Meet, a website where profs can share research internationally,” a tweet approaching 700 impressions. Paul Quinn College, a Dallas HBCU, has gained recognition for being a great comeback story. They converted their football stadium to the We Over Me Farm, expanded work-study programs, and started a free textbook policy to reduce college costs and gain work experience while still in college.

Finally, my top tweet of November 2015 was my article, “Reasons for Community Attachment and Happiness from Richard Florida and Forbes.” Dr. Florida was the first person I followed on Twitter. I’ve been a fan of his Creative Class theory for over a decade. Basically, economic development possibilities improve when leaders follow the 4 T’s model—talent, technology, tolerance, and territorial assets. Dr. Florida is a professor at the University of Toronto. This tweet hit 4400 impressions.

I pinned my account The BohemioTX  in March 2016, and it became my top tweet of the month with 983 impressions; it has since mushroomed to 6817 impressions!

My Klout score is a solid 57 right now and stays in the fifties. I’m considered an expert in the top 0.1% on Twitter, Education, Social Networks, Social Media, Leadership, Environment, Teaching, and Digital Marketing. I’m in the top 0.3% for Energy, SEO, and Texas. Klout scores are based on all of your social media sites and you need to have them hooked-in to Klout. For me, that includes Facebook, WordPress, and Linked-in for starters. Twitter accounts for 67% of my network contribution, and Facebook accounts for 25% of it.


You can do a lot with Twitter, including publicizing your efforts to understand your health, maybe helping moderates and liberals in the Muslim world, improving colleges through utilizing their policy, and spreading creative urban planning policy. I’ll be back!

On Promoting “4 Surgeries to Avoid,” According to AARP–Two Years Ago & Again Today

           I posted this op-ed two years ago at my website and sent the op-ed hither and thither.  I’m trying again not only because my overall Twitter presence has improved, but since I’m a member of several health care social media (HCSM) member lists on Twitter, together with the mutual following of professionals in the health and medical field on Twitter.  This AARP article link still pops up in the margins of current articles, so it must be highly regarded.  Any contention for reducing the cost of an aspect of health care in the USA must be explored (Meyer, 2015).

“I’m promoting this AARP article about over-performed surgeries as something of a sequel to the Fareed Zakaria special on advice for President Obama’s second term. All of these surgeries are questionable in the long-term; some of these are “moneymakers for hospitals and doctors.” Thus, keeping control over Medicaid/Medicare expenses could start here. Here are the four debatable surgeries: (1) stents for stable angina, (2) complex spinal fusion for stenosis, (3) hysterectomy for uterine fibroids, and (4) knee arthroscopy for osteoarthritis.
Besides tweeting the article to my followers at @bohemiotx, I tweeted it to Fareed Zakaria & AARP with the hashtag #obamamemo. Afterwards, I posted it at the White House and Social Security websites. Then I posted “4 Surgeries to Avoid” at my, Facebook, Stumbleupon, and Linked-In sites. Then I emailed it to the county Democratic party and some members before tweeting the link to Reimagining Japan. My most recent cyberspace move is petitioning the President at his website; however, it failed to get hardly any endorsements.

Dr. Zakaria also stated, “U.S. spends $4 for every American over 65, compared with $1 for every American under 18 #obamamemo.” Dealing with an aging population that needs Medicare/Medicaid will be one of the biggest political issues that the U.S. (and Japan) will face in the near future. This could be the first step: eliminating unnecessary surgeries  (Meyer, 2013).”

SOL ’15 Day 31: See Y’all on Tuesdays/About Flickr Photos for Illustration

I was so happy to discover this morning that Slice of Life will continue as a Tuesday club for us writing teachers. This has been my first Slice of Life. L-Squared became my major interaction here. Am I the only male Slicer? I only really missed one day when my keyboard went out, and I had a routine doctor’s appointment that afternoon. Early in March, the computer was slow and missed the midnight cut-off with a last minute post. Another time I didn’t notice the cut-off was 12:00 midnight Eastern Standard Time. So I’m 28-31; over 90 is an “A,” right? Slicers remember that  next Tuesday is a week away.

Some of y’all may recall that when my keyboard cratered, I started doing some massive spring cleaning. Yesterday and this morning were similar days, for the Neighborhood Services inspector is coming over today sometime between 19 minutes ago and 4:30 Central Standard Time. This will be my third rodeo; keeping a 2/3 discount on my apartment depends on passing. The aroma of generic Pine-Sol and bleach spray have left the air. Windex doesn’t have much of a smell.

I’m going to leave you for now with something helpful and happy: Flickr–the photo-sharing branch of Yahoo. Illustrations are essential for a textbook should you be writing one. You’ll learn the world of Creative Commons copyright rules. Attribution Only is the best; just list the URL of its creator. Sometimes you can get lucky and succeed in getting permission for re-use, the second friendliest category. The old school copyright symbol–a “c” inside a circle–means “Stay away from their stuff, except for looking.” There are other categories in between these two extremes.

Illustrating is really fun; you can flesh out model essays you’ve had for years. Photo choice can be so obvious at times, such as those Favorite TV series and Favorite Movie essays. It’s possible to get amusing with photos too, just like many a model grammar sentence. My pet peeve in grammar has to be the Apostrophe Splice. A singular noun that doesn’t show possession doesn’t require an apostrophe; therefore, I have a Jolly Roger flag next to it. A third person singular present verb doesn’t need an apostrophe either. Thus, I have a factory sign warning to keep fingers away from rotating saws.

Humor, whether verbal or visual, is an aspect of textbook (or essay) engagement. Multicultural topics and a journalist’s interest in youth culture help too. Looking forward to staying in touch. I’m @bohemiotx on Twitter too. See you here next Tuesday.

Slice of Life: March 2015

Sunday, March 1st: I always watch Fareed Zakaria GPS at 9 and 12 CST on CNN while tweeting

This is my first Slice of Life entry, and it happens on Sunday. Rather than talk about our East Texas ice melting and causing rolled eyes throughout possible readers in New England and Colorado, I’m going to talk about today’s Fareed Zakaria show. Fareed can interview anybody major, and he’s gone to Jordan to talk to King Abdullah II. I watch Fareed Zakaria GPS (Global Public Square) before and after church: 9 & 12 CST on CNN.

First we saw, “My Take”–this time it was Fareed’s Washington Post article on how the Cold War was much tougher than the current war against the death-cult ISIS terrorists. Communism had appeal for a wide range of people at one time, including the Western World. I tweet while I watch TV, and I go to Fareed’s Twitter site during his show. My Twitter name is @bohemiotx. I looked up an article on the name “Daesh,” an Arabic term for ISIS to deny them legitimacy as another type of Islam. It means “bigots who try to impose their views on others.” Now that term is getting popular in high circles throughout the US and Western Europe. In fact, a US general re-branded Isis, ‘Daesh’ after requests from regional partners, according to The Guardian–a British e-journal.

Last week, I heard about Think Again Turn Away, a US government social media site designed to combat the Daesh. So I introduced them to Ulil Abshar Abdalla, the founder of Islam Liberal, the Jaringan’s of Indonesia. Ulil followed me back! I tweeted a couple of other messages with photos from this new State Department site too. One was a photo of the ISIS/Daesh war on music, shown by a bunch of burnt drums. The other photo (really a cluster of four) showed Kurdish folks in raggedy conditions being nice to pets–cats and dogs.

Last week, I crossed the 10K tweets mark and 1900 followers, having joined in October 2011. As you can see, I am a politics and Twitter fan. You’ll find out more about my world during March 2015.

Disputing Suicide Advocacy for the Sickly: A Model Essay in Developmental English Textbooks, by JD Meyer

“The Right to Die,” by Norman Cousins: Published by Pearson, McGraw-Hill, and Cengage

Originally published by Joffre (JD) Meyer, Yahoo Contributor Network Nov 7, 2011. will end tomorrow; a footnote was added.

Wordsmith-a Developmental English/Writing textbook by Pamela Arlov at Pearson Higher Education-includes “The Right to Die,” by Norman Cousins as one of its model essays in the Argument (Persuasive)/Social Issues categories. This essay is about the suicide of Dr. Henry Van Dusen and his wife, Elizabeth. They had become increasingly feeble over the years and felt that their lives were being prolonged artificially beyond human dignity. Importantly, Dr. Van Dusen had been the president of Union Theological Seminary; he was a famous voice in American Protestant ethics for over a quarter century-hardly your typical case for suicide advocacy. The caption under the article’s title states, “Suicide is traditionally considered a tragedy, even a sin. Under certain circumstances, can it be considered a triumph over a slow and painful death?”

An Internet search shows how popular this article has become. McGraw-Hill offers the essay through Primis On-Line and Cornerstones. The Familiar Essay, by Mark R. Christensen includes “The Right to Die also through Cengage. Cyberessays reports that the states of Washington and Montana passed a Right to Die law in 2009.

Dr. Van Dusen left behind a brief note asking if the individual has the obligation to go on living when all beauty, meaning, and power of life are gone. Isn’t it a misuse of medical technology to keep the terminally ill alive when there are so many hungry mouths to feed? What if there’s nothing left to give or receive from life? Why should an unnatural form of living be considered better than an unnatural way of dying?

Exercising free will can mean suicide, according to Dr. Van Dusen. A call for the exercise of free will is quite common in philosophical and theological literature, and Dr. Van Dusen wrote on free will extensively during his career. Despair and pain weren’t given as reasons for The Van Dusens’ justifying of suicide.

Importantly, Norman Cousins admits that suicide is alien to the theological tradition of the Van Dusens, as it is in most cultures. However, no comment was made in this article about the kamikaze phase in World War II Japan or the current Islamic extremists. The Van Dusens regretted that their children and grandchildren may be saddened and not accept their decision. Yet Dr. Van Dusen believed that theologians and all of us should debate his case for suicide for the terminally sickly.

In concluding, Cousins asserts, “Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live. The unbearable tragedy is to live without dignity or sensitivity.”

My initial reaction to this essay was shock that assisted suicide for the sickly would be a topic in a Developmental English or College Composition course, as opposed to maybe an advanced medical ethics or philosophy course. I wouldn’t risk the appearance of trying to euthanize the grandparents of remedial students. Having a disability for COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) myself makes me a bit squeamish when I hear a call for suicide of the chronically ill.

Once suicide is approved under these circumstances, the cases for acceptable suicide could become extended. What if one felt he or she was too poor to have a dignified existence? The extremely poor can earn as much as $1000/month. Maybe the chronically unemployed or those with a flawed background check could make a case for their own death too. An elderly neighbor feels that there are two unforgivable sins: blasphemy against the Holy Spirit and suicide. Fortunately, the former seems like the most unlikely and esoteric possible form of swearing. My neighbor’s views are probably considerably more common than advocacy for suicide of the sickly.

On another note, adding mullein leaves (gordolobo) to my coffee pot this morning has helped my breathing far more than traditional medicine over the past week–including albuterol for my nebulizer, generic Mucinex, and prednisone. There were also some eucalyptus leaves and whole garlic pieces in that odd drip coffee bin, which had been ineffectual without the gordolobo. At least in Texas, you can buy a package of gordolobo or eucalyptus leaves for $1 each in the Mexican spice and herb section of the grocery store.

Later I stumbled upon a story about the later life of Norman Cousins (1915-1990) at Norman Cousins was the longtime editor of the Saturday Review and had received hundreds of wards, including the United Nations Peace Medal and nearly fifty honorary doctorate degrees. But in 1965, Cousins became very ill with ankylosing spondylitis, “a degenerative disease causing the breakdown of collagen.” It was believed that the writer would die within a few months, and he was almost completely paralyzed. But Cousins found a way to cure himself, not kill himself; he checked out of the hospital and started taking massive amounts of Vitamin C and watching funny movies! Cousins regained the use of his limbs and he returned to his full-time job at the Saturday Review. Cousins later wrote a book on his ordeal, Anatomy of an Illness in 1979. Thus Cousins chose life over suicide unlike Dr. Van Dusen. I’m glad that Earvin “Magic” Johnson chose life, as today is the twentieth anniversary of his announcement of retiring from pro basketball due to contracting the HIV virus.

Footnote: Originally, I wrote this article for, which is discontinuing its services as a citizen journalism website on July 31, 2014. At final count, my 38 articles gained 23,869 reads in roughly six years. This article represents revenge for being told never to disagree with anything in the textbook by a couple of short-lived bosses, as well as not to teach subject-verb agreement for indefinite plural pronouns (others, both, many, few, several) because Wordsmith omitted them. However, a few months before writing this article in early November 2011, I had sent an op-ed to a news station called, “Could Assisted Suicide Lower the Unemployment Rate?”
Fortunately, I changed my mind and have since gotten on Medicare & Medicaid–together with receiving housing assistance. Lately, I go to food banks instead of receiving Meals-on-Wheels. My Subject-Verb Agreement chapter section has received well over 9000 reads through Connexions of Rice University and my website. I’m a Twitter fanatic @bohemiotx with over 1400 followers and a member of two community organizations: East TX Human Needs Network (ETHNN)and the Community Health Worker (CHW) coalition…and hoping for a second career. I’ve never had more wonderful friends, and most of us see each other at Stanley’s Famous Bar-B-Q of Tyler–a regionally known place just two doors down from my apartment in the Hospital District, also known as Midtown.

Introduction to Twitter, by Joffre (J.D.) Meyer @bohemiotx

  Twitter: How to Get Started & Why I Love It, by Joffre (J.D.) Meyer @bohemiotx


For me, Twitter goes beyond my favorite social media website. Twitter is a way to curate news, and it has become a support group full of thought leaders, power users, and educators from throughout the world. I decided to finally write this article when a favorite acquaintance with more degrees than me expressed a negative view of Twitter, finding it difficult. Furthermore, I recently crossed the 1000 follower mark, only joining two years and nine months ago.

Using Twitter merely acknowledges that you read interesting, informative articles, and share them with like-minded people. Re-tweet your followers and those you follow as much as possible, especially the prominent mutual followers. Eventually this will get really difficult. It’s wise to re-tweet a favorite article of someone when they first start following you to acknowledge their presence in your circle. Some articles will be so moving that you’ll click the gold favorite star. At times, add one or two topics introduced by a hashtag (#), so your article can be cross-referenced under those topics, particularly when tweeting the article yourself. For example, I often read about #sustainability and #climate change. Sometimes I feel the need to explain a title by offering a comment within parentheses or brackets. For example, today I mentioned the MSNBC program in parentheses (Your Business) where I learned about a Salvadorian entrepreneur. Earlier I mentioned in brackets that South Korea was #1 in Bloomberg’s list of the 30 Most Innovative Countries. 

Your profile (biography) appears in the left column under your photo; please don’t leave an empty egg! I’ve completely redone my biographical sketch to be less stuffy. Instead, mostly I mention what I taught, the topics I read about and share, and cite the link to my website and hometown. I’ve read that citing your website and hometown make you appear more valid. Some may choose to be more informal than me in their bio, and they can make it work. In the second part of the column, you’ll see photos that you’ve sent, a skimpy area for me. Everyone else’s twitter page will list those that both of y’all know—an excellent feature in deciding who to follow back.

The third category suggests four people to follow, partly based on your latest tweets. The fourth and final category states ten topics that are currently trending. It may be something fun like #amwriting or #FollowFriday, or it could mean something tragic, such as the passing away of singer, Bobby Womack (1944-2014) and actor, James Garner (1928-2014) this July. Returning to #Follow Friday, a good friend told me about that hashtag, so the first week I sent her Twitter addresses of three global leaders in education, and the next Friday I sent her three Twitter addresses of prominent figures in social media—together with that hashtag and her Twitter address. Sometimes there are two columns with two categories each.

Now let’s examine the very top ribbon in the upper left hand corner above everything else: home, notifications, discover, and me. Home is where you’ll see what everyone you follow has been tweeting under the general URL By the way, you may follow somebody who doesn’t speak English. The translation corner is in the upper right hand corner next to the round ball. Notifications tell you who started following you, or if you were re-tweeted or favorite. is a daily e-journal of articles printed by journals and people you follow–should you sign up for this fine publication. Once again, I’m The BohemioTX,, and I follow a couple of others. Notifications will list if your find has been crosslisted in someone else’s! Discover is where you can search for a topic. This can be lots of fun, and it’s similar to what’s trending, as discussed previously. Of course, the Twitter folks will tailor “discover” to something they know you’ll probably like. Last is me, where you go to the work you’ve done by tweeting and retweeting under your specific URL—in my case

After the top ribbon with those four categories: home, notifications, discover, and me, we have the place to download an artsy heading—in my case the Chinese character, ch’i—a Neo-Confucian term meaning vital force or matter-energy. Now we get to the statistics ribbon, and five number categories: tweets, photos/videos, following, followers, and favorites. These are self-explanatory. You don’t want to have too much of a discrepancy between followers and following, unless you’re a celebrity who doesn’t follow back that much. Favorites are those tweets that you fell in love with and gave a gold star. Then we have lists; you can sign up for one or make one up. I signed up for Best City Policy Planning and made up MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type indicator) sites. A list can serve a similar function to doing a search or to see what’s trending.

Hopefully this has been a good 839 word introduction to Twitter. Catch you soon.



Elsewhere, the Story…About 20 Chapter Sections Published as Articles

My Developmental English/Writing textbook—Writers Under Construction—covers grammar and composition from the paragraph to five-paragraph essay, making it a text for more than one developmental course as it has reached eight chapters and about 400 pages. Some model essays ramble past the typical 300-500 word/five-paragraph range of Developmental English, so those could be used for College Composition. There are chapter sections on Spanish and Psychological Type Theory–mostly in the Appendix, revealing this textbook’s holistic concern for the beginning remedial college student. Various annotated link pages provide greater depth for the students than any one textbook. Furthermore, there’s an African-American Studies chapter–the product of having taught full-time for five years at an HBCU. Thus, Writers Under Construction could be especially marketable for Black Colleges. The textbook has always been visually attractive with tables and use of bold-facing, italics, and contrasting fonts—Arial within the text and more exotic fonts for chapter section titles and sections. The importance of prewriting shows through multiple techniques and outlines in three chapters. It’s multicultural and student-friendly with model essays on sports, restaurants, music, and more—including edited student essays. This textbook is copyrighted with the Library of Congress (TXu001680279), and it is in its ninth edition since its beginnings in the late 90’s. Writers Under Construction is now illustrated with flickr photos, a branch of Yahoo. Attribution Only, the most liberal listing in Creative Commons copyrights laws, forms the vast majority of the photo rights.
This two-page table has links that go to twenty previously copyrighted chapter sections published as articles from my Developmental English textbook  
I began to illustrate my textbook after copyrighting it. This article had to be revised after the demise of in July 2014; it was formerly known as Associated Content. I kept the description of the old composite chapter while providing a link to the preserved articles–kinda weird.

The reader could view this work as a composite chapter while realizing I chose some of these chapter sections for their citizen journalism value more than being the core of my textbook. In fact, some of these chapter sections would be human interest stories. The original goal of publishing the entire large, multi-course textbook is perhaps antiquated in the new publishing era heavy on e-books, online learning, and above all–lower cost.

Here’s an article, originally published at HubPages, which explains my rationale for model essay choice. It’s grounded in the sustainability theories of Derek Owens of St. John’s University other words, let kids write about meaningful aspects of their environment.
The Preface
contains annotated link pages for the student, teacher,and administrator–a great way to branch beyond the confines of a textbook. “English Grammar & Writing Annotated link Page”is found here at It includes a link to the THEA Writing Practice exam, audience considerations from the NCTE Day on Writing, and nine more sites. Published at Yahoo.Voices is “GED Practice Exams and More.” GED instruction and Developmental Education are close relatives.

There are only two Grammar chapter sections published as articles so far: (1) The Eight Rules of Subject-Verb Agreement and (2) The Big Four Clusters of Commonly Confused Words; both articles include quizzes with the answer keys and sample sentences. The former article was published at Connexions of Rice University while the later article was published for Lesson Plans Page. The SV-A article draws some influence from the famous Guide to Grammar and Writing site at Capital Community College of Hartford, Connecticut. It’s divided into two halves to prevent tedium. Along with the first two modules for Connexions the Subject-Verb Agreement module traveled across Houston to a lens set up at Connexions for the Houston Community College. The SV-A article is at a few other sites too, mainly through Creative Commons copyright sharing, including The Apple. . Now the SV-A Module has become the most popular article at my website, and it has lots of reads from The Philippines.

“The Big Four CCW’s” offers a different style of grouping: contractions,possession, one spelling/two meanings, and etc. I felt a cluster such as “your,their, and its,” would be easier to remember than the traditional grouping by sound-alike spelling. Furthermore, the Big Four CCW’s is a great first week lesson, especially if some students haven’t bought their textbooks yet.

The Introduction to Writing chapter is a composite type of chapter anyway: narrative, process, restaurant, and other English skills. That chapter has four sections elsewhere: (1) Jabon Cacahuananche: A Mexican Soap to Reduce Hair Oiliness, Narrative; (2) How to Use Flickr Photo Sharing and Creative Commons—Process; (3) Taquerias for Dummies–Restaurant; and (4) Applying Psychological Type Theory to Writing, Other English Skills.

Jabon Cacahuananche”is a narrative that became my most popular article out of 30-something publications at Associated Content) with well over 4000 views! The plant for this soap also comes in a shampoo. Here are the instructions for its use. Scrub the top of your greasy,balding head. Then let it sit a while, like Clearasil ointment. Then wash out the Cacahuananche before shampooing as normal. This article became one of many published at other sites through copyright sharing by corporate partners.

How to Use Flickr Photo Sharing and Creative Commons“ is about how to illustrate one’s writings through another branch of yahoo: flickr, and it’s one of two new articles written for the ninth textbook edition. This entry tells about Creative Commons copyright sharing. This is an updated version of an earlier article that gives more attention to Creative Commons copyright sharing and less to examples of my use of flickr illustration. Attribution Only is the best; all you have to do is copy/paste the URL under the photo.

Taquerias for Dummies” is an updated version of an older article,complete with Flickr photos, at the local Piney Woods Live.It describes several of the most common foods at taquerias —stew meats in soft tortillas. Restaurant/food related chapter sections are scattered in the Introduction to Writing and Descriptive chapters. Since my beginnings in teaching Developmental English, I’ve felt that restaurants provide a great topic for students because one can rely on all their senses for the essay. Furthermore, weekend inserts in city newspapers and entire TV channels cover our love of fine dining.

Applying Psychological Type Theory to Writing,” at Connexions takes the students step-by-step through temperaments and preferences before the culminating article by Dr. Karyn Hollis of Villanova, listing writing styles with strengths and weaknesses by personality profile. A student can click a link to the Jung Typology Test, which is free. Although less prestigious than the Myers-Briggs or Keirsey, it would be welcome by a cash-strapped student who may be shy about seeing a counselor. Thus I reveal a hidden agenda for this lesson—self-help chances besides psychological insight for writing, also because of the tragic 1527:1 ratio of students to counselors at community colleges. An annotated link page on Psychological Type Theory follows this article.

Later after the tragic Gabby Giffords at Tucson shooting, I wrote a more general spinoff article.”Psychological Type Theory: Could Spreading the Word Improve the Nation’s Mental Health?” type-theory- could-spreading-the-word-improve-mental-health-4230079.html

There are three chapters from the Descriptive Chapter in “Elsewhere”: (1)”Prewriting Tips for the Five-Paragraph Essay: Going from the Outline to Rough Draft While Watching your Time,” (2) “A Favorite Hobby: Free-Lance Internet Journalism,”and (3) “Vietnamese Dinners In East Dallas.”

Prewriting Tips for the Five-Paragraph Essay” became my second most popular article at AC. It was actually based on two shorter articles, and the free-lance internet journalism article filled in that gap in the Descriptive chapter. Perhaps the main advice from the prewriting chapter section is to write every other line or two out of three lines and number the sentences in your rough draft. The “every other line” aspect of that tip was from my junior Technical Writing professor, and I view that moment as the turning point in my writing career. Here’s a way to watch your time: Divide the number of lines completed on your essay by the minutes in the timed exam; multiply that ratio by 100, and you have a percentage.

A Favorite Hobby: Free-Lance Internet Journalism” is about writing for citizen journalism websites, such as Associated Content(Voices.Yahoo).It rambled long enough to be considered a College Composition essay. Stumbleupon was an early favorite of mine before I became devoted to Twitter (@bohemiotx). At Stumbleupon, you recommend journal articles and write a brief review. Tags tell your subjects. This essay mentions many of the articles that I published elsewhere and serves a similar function to this essay—only it’s older and discusses articles that were not in my textbook. This article was structured in a time order. It’s the definitive example of an essay one could keep revising forever; look at such articles as a snapshot.

“Vietnamese Dinners in East Dallas” was based on the prompt, “Write about a custom from another culture with which you are familiar.” I was substituting in a College Composition course and provided a model essay for the students. I focused on pho+? –a stew that’s the national dish of Vietnam. It’s slow cooked with thin rice noodles and has fresh vegetables dropped on top, together with a variety of sauces. We often sang along with Vietnamese karaoke videos after dinner, and I learned how to pronounce their language:Indo-European letters with diacritical marks. This became a human-interest story in the Descriptive chapter, and it’s the only article I’ve published for Asian Correspondent so far.

The Persuasive Chapter has four sections published elsewhere—all but one at Voices. Yahoo: (1) “Reflections: What has Humbled, Impressed, and Sobered You About this Semester in Junior College?” (2) “Coming to God as a Child to a Parent,” The 2005 J.C. Watts Founders’ Day Convocation at Texas College,” (3) How to Write About a Music Recording, and (4)”Bruce Dickinson: The Many Careers of the Singer for Iron Maiden–A Historically Underutilized Bohemian Intellectual (a Biographical Sketch)”

The first is actually the newest, and it’s based on President Barack Obama’s response to the reporter Jeff Zeleny’s question, “What has humbled, impressed, and sobered you about the your first 100 days as the president of the United States?” For the students, I changed the scenario to this semester in junior college. For my model essay, I wrote about the joys and challenges in writing a textbook for Developmental English and writing citizen journalism. It included a salute to my mentor, the late Lew Sayers of Mountain View Community College. Lew wrote a textbook for his course before I began going beyond a couple of model essays. I published this article at Lesson Plans Despite the complicated prompt question for the then-new President and my writing tales, it was an easy prompt for students to relate with.

Another human interest story turned article came from my notes on a 2005 convocation address at Texas College by former Oklahoma Republican congressman, J.C. Watts that could be subtitled, “How to be Born Again.” Mr. Watts achieved fame as a Wishbone QB for the Oklahoma Sooners—leading them to victory in the Orange Bowl before a pro career in Canada. Mr. Watts had an “aha” moment when his young son asked him to fix a burst balloon. That’s what our relationship with God should be like. Furthermore, the congressman noted that God has lost us when we become an unforgiving enemy. That indicates interfaith ramifications to me; maybe Mr. Watts would disagree. He is now the president of his own economic development company—truly a remarkable success story. This religious essay may appear too conservative for many settings, the opposite of my usual leanings. Yet reporting news on a perennial issue in American culture should take precedence over political correctness. Moreover, there is no shortage of private colleges backed by a religious denomination.

“How to Write About a Music Recording,” is an oldie from my early Developmental English/Writing teaching days at Mountain View Community College in Oak Cliff that I sent to This five-paragraph essay’s three body paragraphs should take this form: (1) generalize about the CD, (2) Specify a few favorite songs, and (3) Describe a few unusual songs. Grammatically, this how-to-do-it music essay provides the opportunity for the students to apply their knowledge of quotation marks, italics, and even ellipses if one doesn’t want to cite an entire selection. For example, cite the band’s name like a regular proper noun but italicize (or underline) the CD title, and list specific song titles within quotation marks. I urge the students to defend the music they love and make references to several song selections from a variety of genres. This model essay could be used in College Composition or appear in a music unit for writing.

“Bruce Dickinson: The Many Careers of the Singer for Iron Maiden–A Historically Underutilized Bohemian Intellectual (a Biographical Sketch)” is a human interest story that could be part of a music unit also. Dickinson flies jets for a British airliner and the Iron Maiden touring jet. Early in life, he was a pilot in the British Air Force. Dickinson is a top-rated fencer who owns a fencing equipment company. Dickinson has also been a radio-talk show host and has hosted education specials on BBC. He has had all these fascinating careers while keeping his main one: lead singer for Iron Maiden,one of the most successful heavy metal bands of all time. The whimsical title is a play on the term “Historically Underutilized Businesses,” which classifies predominantly minority and female owned businesses in the United States. This article may defy traditional labeling of tales of modern musicians as liberal because most of Dickinson’s careers have been quite orthodox, such as Air Force and commercial jet pilot.

The African-American Studies chapter has two sections published at Connexions of Rice University. The first article at Rice is entitled, “Questions and Answers for The Atlanta Exposition Address by Booker T. Washington.” A link goes to the transcript of the speech at George Mason University. Maybe providing questions and answers for a famous speech is innovative!

The second article is one of the newest of this “Elsewhere” collection: “Summary and Reflections on Kwanzaa.” It’s based on my four presentations and three publications. I didn’t want a bunch of Kwanzaa literature to overwhelm my African-American Studies chapter. Yet at the same time I wanted to offer a case for popularizing Kwanzaa. I saluted hometown city planning efforts and noted that Faith night always has a prominent minister doing the address. The anti-Christian stereotype of Kwanzaa is undoubtedly the biggest misconception of the seven-night festival.

The Appendix has two sections published: “Introduction to Spanish Tutorial at Northeast Texas Virtual Library” at and”Developmental English Multiple-Choice (50 Questions) Final” at Teachers-Pay-Teachers. While at Texas College, I tutored Spanish at Texas College and developed the first section on my McGraw-Hill Pageout website on the language. It’s a mix of quick links to huge sites, annotated link pages, and original essays. A preface became necessary to help with the lengthy table of contents. The article discusses some of the highlights from the annotated link pages along with the links to mega-sites. Now you can find a link to my Pageout site at my new website through The final exam at Teachers-Pay-Teachers covers major rules in grammar–such as subject-verb agreement, run-ons, fragments, and irregular verbs. Writing conventions on matters such as the features of a good paragraph are covered too. This lesson was the free first article.

To summarize, consider Writers Under Construction for a unique alternative to other Developmental English textbooks. It covers the material thoroughly while remaining student-friendly and multicultural. Its visual attractiveness includes font design and flickr illustrations. Appendix sections include Spanish and Psychological Type Theory, reflecting a holistic concern for the beginning remedial student, Annotated link pages and connections to my websites extend the reader beyond any one textbook.