Making Lemonade out of your Lemons by Jonathan Floyd


Making Lemonade out of your Lemons by Jonathan Floyd

We all have frustrations in life.

As a teacher and school counselor, I encountered many frustrations in the course of my career.

Over the years, I watched SAT scores decline. I saw students making atrocious grammatical errors on college application essays. In the teacher’s lounge, I was deluged with complaints about students plagiarizing on assignments. I watched students graduate high school who could barely read.

Don’t get me wrong. I also encountered many intelligent, highly motivated students who made me proud every day I went to work. A healthy majority of students I worked with ended up being doctors, lawyers, nurses, engineers, educators, entrepreneurs, contractors, corporate managers, technicians, etc.

Still, there was that segment of students who seemed to be on strike. The source of my frustration.

How did I handle this frustration? My lemons?

I decided to parody them in a book entitled Floyd’s Rule Book of Bad Grammar. This was in several years ago, and the original is now out of print. I recently published an expanded second edition currently available on Amazon and featured on my web site

Floyd’s Rule Book of Bad Grammar codified all the broken rules of English grammar to which my students had been paying homage. In addition, it satirized their poor research habits, their sloppy handwriting, their poor spelling, and whatever else I could think of, all done with good humor.

Floyd’s Rule Book of Bad Grammar is not just a riff on English grammar guidebooks, the antithesis of Strunk and White’s Elements of Style. It is a satire of the dumbing down of society and a comment on the state of public education.

So what are the things that frustrate you? What are your lemons? I know you have them. They are part of life, just like breathing and eating and sleeping. So how can you best handle them?

Think about it. There might be an opportunity here.

Instead of wringing your hands over the lemons life has given you, why not try to think of a way to turn them into lemonade?

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