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Wendy Warren Austin
Writing professor and consultant
Interests: Visiting my family, using computers, reading mysteries, watching Law and Order-type shows and bad Lifetime movies, going to movies currently playing, walking, swimming, snorkeling, and shopping. Making new friends, staying in touch with ones I already have, and getting to know city and area in which I live better.
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I've been referring to substantive magazines and journals a couple of times on this blog, and I wanted to add a few more to the list, particularly for those who are working on research projects. Interesting Journals, Substantive Magazines, and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2017 at IdeaWarehouse
So, it's been slightly more than six months since we've been here in Erie, and my head has almost stopped spinning from all the changes in the past two years. And to think I originally moved to this area in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2017 at IdeaWarehouse
Enjoy some interesting reading at these sites: Good Pew Research Center reports Seed Yes magazine Our Front Cover Greater Good The Atlantic Wendy Austin Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2017 at IdeaWarehouse
I just read a very informative article today in the Chronicle of Higher Education's ProfHacker column called "Stop the Spread of Fake News," by Lee Skallerup Bessette. In it he talks about Facebook and how a lot of people say... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2017 at IdeaWarehouse
Exciting changes brewing for next month--a new house, well, really, an new old house! Greater proximity to family, familiar territory, and dear friends! Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2016 at IdeaWarehouse
Among the comments that I wrote in responses to student posts, I mentioned Mom and some of her funny moments. It is so nice thinking about her, so I thought I'd just place a picture here of both of us.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at IdeaWarehouse
I'm winding up my last day teaching two sections of ENG 123 for Term 16EW6, although next week starts a whole new term: 16EW1 all over again! No matter how long I teach the short terms for SNHU, I still... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2016 at IdeaWarehouse
It's been so hot lately that it certainly FEELS like "dog days." It's a good thing that I live in an apartment complex that has a swimming pool! In fact, these days, I am no longer a Massachusetts resident, but... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2016 at IdeaWarehouse
Whenever I teach College Writing & Research, I explain to students the difference between scholarly and popular periodicals (magazines, or its online equivalents). However, that binary is not as clear-cut as it seems at first, because in reality, more students... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2016 at IdeaWarehouse
I know what you mean, Paul. I sent an email a few minutes ago, grabbed some homemade pizza (I have to say, I make mighty good pizza!), and parked myself on the couch next to my sweetie. However, even before I finished my 2nd piece, I opened my laptop again to see how many papers have come in so far, and what's on my docket to grade. I was able to grade a late project while watching Shark Tank, though, so there are some perks! (uh-oh, I used a "there are"!!)
Today's the last day of another SNHU term. I have a stackful of papers to grade in the next few days, but I always feel a little mixed when the end day arrives. I keep thinking about what I should... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2016 at IdeaWarehouse
Every since I put together that spelling bee pronouncer's guide that I did two or three years ago, I've been fascinated by the amazing array of helps that the Merriam-Webster Dictionary website offers. is useful, too, as are several... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2015 at IdeaWarehouse
Boston Globe writer Britt Peterson (Jan. 25, 2015) reports that the slang term younger people use for referring to what people say, "like," could soon be replacing the more common term, "said" in written language. "Linguists are like, Get used... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2015 at IdeaWarehouse
Posted Jul 29, 2015 at IdeaWarehouse
Here's the video that was supposed to be displayed on yesterday's Announcement. It was featured in Slate November 2013 called "Universal Word: "`Huh?' an Expression Everyone Understands, No Matter the Language" Here are some other helpful and free sites: The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2015 at IdeaWarehouse
Although I have not been posting entries in this blog on a regular basis in the last few years, more like randomly, I have decided that every year I'll declare a certain topic as a theme and have the posts... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2015 at IdeaWarehouse
Currently working for SNHU as an instructor of Composition II and Business Communication (April through June) and loving it! I don't have time at the moment to keep up with my WW Writing and Editing Services website, my Thumbtack or... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at IdeaWarehouse
Ever since I was a little kid, I've felt the month of December was magical. I was very fortunate to grow up in a happy, intact family. Granted, we were not storybook-happy/Disneyland/idyllically happy, but normal happy, with all the brother/sister... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2014 at IdeaWarehouse
It's now two weeks into September, and college and university classes are in full swing already. Some may have yet to start, but the biggest back-to-school wave has already crested. It might not be until the end of the month... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at IdeaWarehouse
This is the beginning of a new era--at least for IdeaWarehouse! Here I am in Boston, one of the most concentrated capitals of higher education, and for a long time I have identified myself as an academic, though it took... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at IdeaWarehouse
The weather in this city (metro area, really) of many colleges is giving everyone that fresh taste of fall, the scent of cool, brisk air that hints of back-to-school supplies and new beginnings. Yet no one really wants to leave... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at IdeaWarehouse
Until recently, I've never been one to bellyache about getting older (I don't think), but it's hit me all at once in the last year or so. I find myself pinching my chubby cheeks that are all too quickly looking... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at IdeaWarehouse
The Life of the Mind: "We’re very sorry, but academia will likely always include the teaching, committee meetings, shared governance, fights about office space, funding problems, and advising that get between us and the Great Thoughts. . . .The flip... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at IdeaWarehouse
I have to say: every week when I drive up to the North Shore of MA to work at the Writing Center at Endicott, I have a big smile on my face as I pull in to the campus! This... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2013 at IdeaWarehouse
Today's voting day in Boston, and residents need to choose their next mayor--between John Connolly and Marty Walsh. Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2013 at IdeaWarehouse