Sometimes life hands us wonderful experiences to be savored and enjoyed to the fullest and other times we get stuck with disastrous painful situations. From all we live through, the good and the bad, we can learn and grow and become more successful balanced individuals. I believe that no learning is every wasted.

I have taken this idea to heart not only in life but also in my education and writing. Thus, I have kept most everything I’ve ever done. Gosh, do I love the ease of saving digital files! I have every college paper I’ve written since 1999, all conveniently organized on my laptop. I also have every lesson, short story, blog and random idea that I’ve done too, to the chagrin of poor Mr. C.

Recently, we were updating our cloud backup and discovered I have over 50,000 files. Needless to say, he was less than pleased and asked me exactly what I had. Of course, I didn’t know. I mean, that’s a lot of files, no? Thus I set out to investigate my hoard of digital materials.

Just this morning I found a funny, outrageous story I wrote for one of my classes back in 2009. Honestly, I don’t even remember writing it. Looking through it though, I realized I that it is still usable today.

This story incorporates advanced vocabulary and idioms in context to give learners a better chance of understanding the material. I’ve decided to go ahead and use it again, here in this new forum. There are 10 chapters so far, but no ending yet, so we’ll see where it goes. Every story blog will have vocabulary and idioms, grammar and style/ and comprehension questions to consider. For the next several weeks, I’ll be writing about Wanda and Larry and their outrageous exploits.


Here’s a little preview:

Meet Wanda. She’s a wonder-worker with a huge skill set! She is inspiring to say the least!


Meet Larry. He’s a bit of a loafer and tends to laze around a bit.

He is quite the interesting character!



Together we’ll encounter some of their adventures and examine tons of great vocabulary!


Come back next time for

The Antithetical Adventures of Wanda Wonder Worker and Lazy Loafing Larry.