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Kim Tomsic

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Oscars with Altitude

It was a newspaper sweeps morning. I thought I saw my friend Megan (who is also my daughter's mentor),on the cover of today’s newspaper (Life & Arts section). Reading the title: Oscars at Altitude” made me realize the photo is actually a picture of Megan’s sister, Sarah, producer of "Precious Based on the novel 'Push' by Sapphire". Megan and Sarah are Boulder locals as is Louie Psihoys (The Cove) and both films have nominations (best picture, best documentary film, best actress...) in the 82nd annual Academy Awards. Megan says she'd really love to see Gabby (Gabourey Sidibe) win tonight. "If people knew how witty and intelligent Gabby is in real life, they'd understand what a stretch it was to accomplish acting in her leading role in 'Precious.'" Tonight, Mateo restaurant in Boulder is celebrating our local celebrities: Sarah Siegel-Magness, Gary Magness (Precious), and Louie Psihoyos (The Cove) in a red carpet Oscar bash event with a big screen TV and five star cuisine.
But that's not all; I said it was a sweeps morning...turning to the Local section of the Daily Camera, I discovered a piece on my daughter under Student Spotlight. She was interviewed regarding her Capstone project and the money she is raising for Haiti.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

National Grammar Day

It's a Grammar Free-a-Palooza!

In celebration of National Grammar Day, Grammar Girl is giving out free book samples galore! Feel free to forward them to all the grammar lovers (and to those who, er, need the help) in your life.

From Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

Chapter 1: Dirty Words ("Affect" versus "effect," "less" versus "fewer," "whose" versus "who's," etc.)

Chapter 3: Let's Get It Started (Can you start a sentence with "however," "hopefully," or "because"?)

Chapter 9: Work It (Tips on becoming a better writer)

From The Grammar Devotional

The first ENTIRE month of entries ("Supposedly" versus "supposably," "blond" versus "blonde," and 26 other grammar tidbits)

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