Monday, September 16, 2013

Sunset Symphony

I went to an event called Sunset Symphony at the Dixon here in Memphis. It was a lot nicer than I would have anticipated. I really enjoyed it. I ran into a lot of people that I know and I had a really good time. Here are some photos I took while walking around the gardens there:

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Sustantivos en español – Nouns in Spanish

  • A noun is a word used to identify people, animals, places, things, or ideas.
  • Unlike English, all Spanish nouns, even those that refer to nonliving things, have gender. They are considered either masculine or feminine.
  • As in English, nouns in Spanish also have number, meaning that they are either singular or plural.

Nouns that refer to living things

Masculine Nouns

el hombre the man
ending in –o
el chico the boy
el pasajero the (male) passenger
ending in –or     
el conductor the (male) driver
el profesor the (male) professor
ending in –ista     
el turista the (male) tourist
el dentista the (male) dentist

Feminine Nouns

la mujer the woman
ending in –a     
la chica the girl
la pasajera the (female) passenger
ending in –ora     
la conductora the (female) driver
la profesora the (female) professor
ending in –ista     
la turista the (female) tourist
la dentista the (female) dentist
  • Nouns that refer to males, like el hombre, are generally masculine.
  • Nouns that refer to females, like la mujer, are generally feminine.
  • Many nouns that refer to male beings end in
    –o or –or.
  • Their corresponding feminine forms end in
    –a and –ora, respectively.

Either/Or Nouns

  • The masculine and feminine forms of nouns that end in –ista, like turista, are the same, so gender is indicated by the article el (masculine) or la (feminine).
  • Some other nouns have identical masculine and feminine forms.
el joven 
la joven 
the youth; the young man
the youth; the young woman
el estudiante 
la estudiante 
the (male) student
the (female) student

Nouns that refer to nonliving things

Masculine Nouns

ending in –o
el cuaderno the notebook
el diario the diary
el diccionario the dictionary
el número the number
ending in –ma     
el problema the problem
el programa the program
ending in –s
                    el autobús the bus

el país the country

Feminine Nouns

ending in –a
la cosa the thing
la escuela the school
la grabadora the tape recorder
la palabra the word
ending in –ción     
la lección the lesson
la conversación the conversation
ending in –dad
la nacionalidad the nationality
la comunidad the community
  • Certain noun endings are strongly associated with a specific gender, so you can use them to determine if a noun is masculine or feminine.
  • Because the gender of nouns that refer to non-living things cannot be determined by foolproof rules, you should memorize the gender of each noun you learn
  • It is helpful to memorize each noun with its corresponding article, el for masculine and la for feminine.
  • Another reason to memorize the gender of every noun is that there are common exceptions to the rules of gender.
    Masculine noun ending in –a
    el mapa (map)
    Feminine noun ending in –o
    la mano (hand)

Plural of nouns

Nouns that end in a vowel form the plural by adding –s.

el chico ® los chicos
el diario ® los diarios
la palabra ® las palabras
el problema ® los problemas

Nouns that end in a consonant add –es.

el país ® los países
el profesor ® los profesores

Nouns that end in –z change the –z to –c, then add –es.

el lápiz ® los lápices 
  • You use the masculine plural form of the noun to refer to a group that includes both males and females.
    1 pasajero + 2 pasajeras = 3 pasajeros
    2 chicos + 2 chicas = 4 chicos
  • When a singular noun has an accent mark on the last syllable, the accent is dropped from the plural form.
    la lección à las lecciones
    el autobús à los autobuses

Spanish articles

  • As you know, English often uses definite articles (the) and indefinite articles (a, an) before nouns.
  • Spanish also has definite and indefinite articles.
  • Unlike English, Spanish articles vary in form because they agree in gender and number with the nouns they modify.  

Definite articles

  • Spanish has four forms that are equivalent to the English definite article the. You use definite articles to refer to specific nouns.
la computadora
el diccionario
the computer
the dictionary
las computadoras
los diccionarios
the computers
the dictionaries

Indefinite articles

Spanish has four forms that are equivalent to the English indefinite article, which according to context may mean a, an, or some. You use indefinite articles to refer to unspecified persons or things.

una fotografía
un pasajero
a (one) photograph
a (one) passenger 
unas fotografías
unos pasajeros
some photographs
some passengers 


Provide a definite article for each noun in the first column and an indefinite article for each noun in the second column.
¿el, la, los o las? ¿un, una, unos o unas? 
_____ chico  _____ autobús  
_____ chica  _____ escuela  
_____ maleta  _____ computadora  
_____ cuadernos  _____ hombre  
_____ lápiz  _____ señoras  
_____ mujeres  _____ lápices  

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


Gabe is so awesome. He has such a huge personality. Maybe you can see some of that in these screen shots from tonight's Skype. Miss him.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Summer Reading, etc.

I was recently hired at an all-boys high school and next month I will begin teaching teenagers. I will continue teaching at the University two nights a week. I have been spending the most of July in Arizona visiting family (including Gabe for a week JJ) but while I was out here I also got a call from a school I applied at months ago and I went in and interviewed last Thursday. I am hoping to hear back this week.

While on vacation this summer I have finished a few books – mostly nonfiction stuff, mostly things that I wanted to read for personal or professional development, probably not that interesting to other people but it has been interesting to me.

Here is a short list of the last two weeks reading:


Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus

How to Answer Hard Interview Questions

The First-Time Manager (which was awesome)

The Devil and Sherlock Holmes (also a very enjoyable read-listen (I use a text to speech program called Natural Reader – makes reading a lot easier for a slow reader like me))


I also downloaded a series of Love & Logic seminars and I have been listening to those. Very helpful stuff.

I have started a book by Thich Nhat Hanh called Anger, Wisdom for Cooling the Flames


I guess that that is about it on the reading end of things.

Other things:

I have been able to watch this season of True Blood

I went to the newest Harry Potter with my sister. It was ok. I don’t think my son would like it and I don’t think that the battle scenes were nearly as interesting as they could [should] have been. The book was just better.

Hmmmmm….. What else?


I guess that that is good enough for now. Things are not bad. I wish I had Gabe all the time. It has been good seeing family. I feel like I am learning a lot. Nothing to complain about. Except my foot – my foot hurts. J There now I even complained. Life is good.


Thursday, July 14, 2011


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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Camp Verde, AZ

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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Unable to sleep

Spent three hours getting oral surgery done today. Last night I couldn’t sleep well because of pain and tonight I just can’t sleep. I think that it is the pain-killers I am on.  L
In other news, I am in Phoenix. Been spending the week with Gabe and my family. I feel very blessed. I know that I am going to miss him so much next week.


Tuesday, June 21, 2011


I don't cook much.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

More Rack Pulls : 777

Same as the other one. But heavier.