Saturday, November 29, 2008

recommended holiday gifts

it's hard to comprehend that the holiday season is here.

it's harder to comprehend that christmas will be only three weeks and five weeks from today.

i plan to post some things about the holidays as the season progresses. this is the first one; it's about a few recommended holidays gifts.

i strongly believe every household should that these two things.

the first is a good dictionary, preferably clothbound (or hardback, if you prefer). i use merriam-webster's collegiate dictionary, 11th edition, and personally recommend it because i've used it and appreciated it since i was in college.

the second is an almanac. i recommend the world almanac to be used as a smaller and alternate encyclopedia and history book. i used to buy a new one every year, but this year i'll keep the 2008 edition that i have now.

the third is optional. it's the book junk english by ken smith. read it and use it to clean and clear your writing. i bought my copy in 2002 or 2003. i don't know if it's still in print; if it isn't, you can probably buy it through a bookselling service on the internet. if it is, then i bet you can get it at a nearby barnes and noble or borders.

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