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Etudes—Both Sides Now by Joni Mitchell

When singer / songwriter Joni Mitchell played “Both Sides Now” at the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival, she was twenty-five years old and a rising star. When she sang the song at the Newport Folk Festival in 2022, she was seventy-nine years old and had come back from a 2015 brain aneurysm that had initially

Comma Down—Commas with Appositives

An appositive is a word or group of words that renames, elaborates on or otherwise provides more information about another word that appears close to it in a sentence—usually adjacent. Here’s a story with some examples: The Teaching Life My English teacher, a Harvard grad, thought he was the smartest guy in the school. One

Comma Down—Commas in Addresses, Names and Dates

Most people do fine with these commas–mostly because programs like Microsoft Word send you that squiggly line when it thinks you’ve omitted something. But you always have a choice, so I’m here to make sure that you make the right one.  Addresses When an address is part of a sentence, it needs to be punctuated