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"Quote is a verb. Quotation is a noun."

Because I'm a turbo grammar bitch. Ask anyone. Right, Izzybella? Jehara?

Okay, I'll give you another one. "Gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche." And that's from The Canterbury Tales by the inestimable Geoffrey Chaucer, whom I completely worship, in a non-blasphemous writer stalker kind of way. That sentence describes me perfectly. I love to learn, and I love to share what I've learned, even if the people with whom I'm trying to share aren't particularly interested.

I've always thought that the hallmark of a superb teacher is a passion for the subject being taught. I know that I myself have found joy in classes solely because of the teacher's enthusiasm.

When the incomparable Izzybella and I worked together, every now and then we'd be doing a tedious task, like collating and sorting and filing things, and she'd ask me to tell her a story. That usually meant I'd pull one of the pilgrim's tales from The Canterbury Tales, and mix it up and be very dramatic, sometimes even including sound effects. That was fun. I miss being asked to tell her a story.

So I'm passionate about Chaucer, passionate about writing, passionate about history, passionate about learning, and if you know me I've probably shared more than you want to know. Because gladly do I lerne and gladly teche.

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¬†Well, now, I don’t know. I think they’d be saying that I always loved kids, and that my surrogate kids were glad to have me in their lvies. And they’d probably be joking about my eternal home being a self-cleaning house, seeing as how I abhor housework. And they’d be speculating on what Geoffrey Chaucer and I would have to talk about when we finally met. I hope that they would say their lives were a little richer because I was part of them, and I hope that they would miss me.

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