Love Letters for Literacy

                        Once again, the Writing Center is selling valentines to benefit the YMCA literacy program and we can’t wait! Our letterpress cards (made on the ZSR letterpress) are printed with some of our favorite poems, quotes, and images. There are funny cards, sweet cards, quirky cards – […]

Happy National Day on Writing!

National Day on Writing – #WhyIWrite Every year the National Council of Teachers of English sponsors “National Day on Writing” with a theme that encourages us to think about the importance of writing to our lives. This year the theme of the NDoW is “Why I Write,” and English classes, writing centers, and many other […]

How to Write a Love Letter

If you haven’t heard, we’re selling handmade letterpress valentines all week to benefit the YMCA Literacy Initiative. But where on earth did that tradition come from? According to Wikipedia, what began as a religious holiday, Valentine’s Day started to be associated with love around the Middle Ages. Written valentines first appeared in the 1400 and […]

A sluagh of Irish words in English

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we thought we’d share a favorite piece from the Oxford Words blog on the influence of the Irish language on English. Did you know that the words “slob” and “trousers” are derived from Irish slab and triubhas? To learn more about Irish loanwords in English, check out the full article here. […]