Welcome to Larry Andrews' website.

Greetings and welcome to my blog spot.

I've written two novels since my retirement in 2008. The first is a romance, Songs of Sadness, Songs of Love. The second is an action/mysteryThe China-Africa Parallax: A Ryan and Gillian Mystery.

Among the textbooks I have written areLinguistics for L2 Teachers, Mahwah, NJ, Lawrence Earlbaum Associates, 2001; and Language Exploration and Awareness: A Resource Book for Teachers, 3rd edition, Mahwah, NJ, Lawrence Earlbaum Associates, 2006. This textbook was translated into Korean by Pagijong Press, Seoul, South Korea. 2010.

I am presently writing my third Ryan and Gillian novel, The Nathan Culper Brotherhood. You can follow my progress on novel #3 here at this blog site.

To order any of my titles please go either to nook.com or amazon.com (Kindle users can go to the Kindle Store.).

Sunday, January 11, 2015

For Carolyn

The large painting above the couch
Is missing. Where did it go? I didn’t move
It but it’s obviously gone missing. Ouch!
There’s pain in my chest. I’ve lost my groove.
My sense of balance has me stumbling
And staggering about. Where did my astrolabe
Go? It’s gone, too. I hear me mumbling
With ill-formed words and thoughts that are frayed.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Happiness Depends Partly On Grammar

[The following is an excerpt from Gwynne's Grammar by N. M Gwynne, in which the author makes a case for the importance of proper grammar: Here is a step-by-step proof (yes, a proof that really is valid!) that happiness depends partly on grammar.]

Step one. For genuine thinking, we need words. (By “genuine thinking” I mean as opposed to merely being conscious of feeling hungry, tired, angry and so on and wanting to do something about it; in other words, anything that animals cannot do.) Thinking cannot be done without words.
Step two. If we do not use words rightly, we shall not think rightly.
Step three. If we do not think rightly, we cannot reliably decide rightly, because good decisions depend on accurate thinking.
Step four. If we do not decide rightly, we shall make a mess of our lives and also of other people’s lives to the extent that we have an influence on other people.
Step five. If we make a mess of our lives, we shall make ourselves and other people unhappy.
In summary of the proof: grammar is the science of using words rightly, leading to thinking rightly, leading to deciding rightly, without which -- as both common sense and experience show -- happiness is impossible. Therefore, happiness depends at least partly on good grammar.

I could show you photos

I could show you photos of places
I’ve visited, like exotic spaces
On Travel-TV. But truth to tell
I haven’t been anywhere. I‘m not well
Enough for a trip. Further, I have
No ticket stubs from shows that gave
Us pleasure. My collections don’t include
Teaspoons, stamps, butterflies, or food
Notes cribbed from cookbooks or menus.
My collections are seen in other venues,
Like books I’ve bought from amazon bargains
And all the notes I’ve written in the margins.