There is no Frigate like a Book - Emily Dickinson


9 Simple Tips That All Students Should Know

Posted by Professor G on August 21, 2013 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (99)

Soon it will be back to school and back to books!  Here is a list of 10 things you should know that will make your life much easier.

1)  Need more room for beer (or soda bottles lol). use a binder clip to stack your beer higher.

2) Need coffee to wake up for class, but don't have a coffee machine?  Here are 2 ways to make coffee without one.

Take an empty paper or plastic cup.  Cut out the bottom,  Insert a coffee filter, fold over the edge and fix it with an elastic band.  Then, put in your ground coffee and pour hot water over it.

Or, Take a coffee filter, fill with your ground coffee, close like a purse, tie off with dental floss. Then immerse in hot water like a tea bag, and voilà, fresh coffee!

3) Can't hear your smart phone?  Put your smart phone into a glass (empty of course) and you'll hear it much better.  Or take a toilet paper roll, cut a slot for your phone and presto;  instant diy speakers!

4)  When you give a presentation in class, plan in advance to have a friend/classmate ask you a question that you already know the answer to.  It's not cheating, and you'll look smarter.

5) Too many potato chips in your keyboard.  Clean them out easily with a sticky note!

6) Are your hands tired from typing your English papers?  Use 2 sponges as wrist supports.  You can even cover them in fabric if you want them to be pretty.

7) Do you need a stronger WiFi signal?  Use this beer can trick to improve your reception.

8. Organize your cables by clipping binder clips to your desk or table.

9) And these 2 great microwave tips!

Make more room in your microwave by using a coffee cup!

There you go!  Some simple life hacks that every student should know!

If you have any other ideas, don't hesitate to share them in the comment section below!

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Emily Dickinson

Posted by Professor G on August 16, 2010 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

"There is no Frigate like a book" 

This has been the tag line crowning each and every page of EnglishCaddy.org since its inception and one of the biggest reasons for people visiting this site via google searches.

Since the tag line has always stood alone, with nary an explanation, it's about time to reveal the reason I chose it.

First and most important, I chose to dedicate this site to the memory and legacy of Emily Dickinson. I've always been a bit of a bookworm with a keen interest in all kinds of books.  But it wasn't until I started reading the poems of Dickinson at uni that my passion for literature really ignited. Because of her poetry, I was better able to relate to the power of words and the importance of books in society, as well as the importance of philosophical reflection, engaged imagination and .speculative questioning all through the simple act of writing.

We always remember our first.  My first Dickinson poem was "I never saw a Moor..." assigned to me by my American Lit professor at university some (but not too many) years back, and that led me to my second, "A narrow fellow in the grass..." and my third "Because I could not stop for Death..." until I was burying myself in volumes of her poetry purchased from the local used book store.  So engrossed I became in her poems that upon return to university that fall, I changed my major from History to English. A fortunate decision gained from words written by ED so long ago.

Now to answer the question, 'why the first line of this poem?'  That's an easy one to answer.  For me this poem epitomizes not only the adoration Dickinson had for books, but what books "do". This simple simile sums up what books do to us when we read them.  Minimally put, books, like ships, take  places.  Places in our mind where we can imagine far off lands or understand the theory of relativity.

Let's look at the complete poem.  (I found a translation in French that I'm not completely happy with, but it will do.)

At a quick read the poem is quite straight forward, simplistic even, yet it is everything but, and is decievingly complex.  (A complete analysis of the peom will be found in the wiki pages of this site.)

Over all the message is one that still continues to motivate me and as a teacher, a message I try my hardest to convey to my students - the abiitiy of books and the boundless opportunities they offer each of us.

Nicknamed the 'Moth of Amherst because of her self-exclusion from society' E.D. once wrote "This is my letter to the world, that never wrote to me."  as the tag line of this site has for the past three years served as a silent nod to her works, let it now serve as a great big shout to all viewers of this site.


Link to Emily Dickinson on Englishcaddy Quotable Wiki.

Jules Verne

Posted by Professor G on August 14, 2010 at 1:56 PM Comments comments (0)

"La science est faite d'erreurs qu'il est bon de commettre, car elles mènent peu à peu à la vérité." -

Professeur Lidenbrock dans Voyage au Centre de la Terre (1864) par Jules Verne

TR: "Science,  is made up of mistakes, but they are mistakes which it is useful to make, because they lead little by little to the truth.":