The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr.

Several times during my career I have read The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. (the version updated by E. B. White). The thing is—and I can’t stress this enough—the book just never gets old! If you are looking for an easy way to improve your writing, even as a researcher or academic, itContinue reading “The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr.”

Slippers and the Era of Trump

The other day I went to the store. For the last week or so I had been dreaming of buying myself some nice, warm, fluffy slippers now that autumn has come around in full force. A Latina-looking woman was ahead of me in the check-out line. As she got to the front, the clerk startedContinue reading “Slippers and the Era of Trump”

Increasing your English Vocabulary Using Vocabulary/Word Lists

When you are learning a language, certainly there are highs and lows. I remember back to my Spanish classes in college, when a young, very frustrated lady asked the professor how she could improve her language abilities. She felt like she was doing everything right. She was studying and got good grades on her exams,Continue reading “Increasing your English Vocabulary Using Vocabulary/Word Lists”

Shortest Book Review: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou, African-American writer and activist, passed away a little over two years ago. As they were commemorating her passing on the news, I wondered to myself why I had never read one of her books. After all, reading a Maya Angelou book has always been on my to-do list! So, I found I KnowContinue reading “Shortest Book Review: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou”

A summary of my research

Here is a synthesis of my research at The Ecology Institute in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico, under the guidance of Dr. Sergio Guevara Sada. ————– A Landscape Focus for Urban Environmental History:  Synthesizing Landscape Perceptions, Histories, and Ecological Conceptions of the Landscape INTRODUCTION The landscape is a scenario well-suited to studies of environmental history.  Contemporary environmentalContinue reading “A summary of my research”

A list of my favorite journals/publications/websites

I regularly read the following journals/publications/websites: Nature (academic) Science (academic) Popular Science Smithsonian Orion Scientific American I also enjoy the Best American Science & Nature Writing anthology. A new volume comes out yearly and with a different editor (and hence different opinion and selection criteria), and I always enjoy reading the article compilations onContinue reading “A list of my favorite journals/publications/websites”

Shortest Book Review: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Occasionally, I read a book or see a movie that blows me out of the water. I especially enjoy this sensation when I was expecting to mildly enjoy the book or film, yet it far exceeded my expectations. I had this exact feeling while reading this book. Taking place during World War II, the storyContinue reading “Shortest Book Review: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr”

How many words does a translator translate per day?

I have read and heard from several different sources that a professional translator can translate 3,000–3,500 words per day, as an average figure. However, this range can vary a lot. I think this number of words is very doable in translating from one Romance language to another (Spanish to Italian) or from a Germanic languageContinue reading “How many words does a translator translate per day?”

Usage of indefinite (a/an) and definite (the) articles

Articles (a/an/the) are used to describe nouns (so they are placed right before a noun). Examples:        the boat, a mother, the bees, an antelope, the computer, an hour Some of the most frequent corrections I make during editing involve articles and their usage. But, I promise that article usage is really easy once toContinue reading “Usage of indefinite (a/an) and definite (the) articles”