1. to cause to remember (to bring to mind, to bring to light, to jog one’s memory; to prompt)
example: Incessantly reminding a person of something is compulsive behavior.
2. to recall or to recollect (to summon back to awareness of the subject or situation on hand)
example: “These Foolish Things Remind me of You” is a 1935 song title.
Reminder, the noun, is:
1. a letter, note or message which tells someone to do something
example: He didn’t heed his wife’s little Post-it reminder to buy a new TV on Black Friday.
2. something which makes you think of a particular person or event
example: The monument is a chilling reminder of a tragedy that must never be repeated.
To remember is a little different, and basically, it means four things:
1. to be able to bring back a piece of information to your mind
example: I can remember that Marcel Proust was a French novelist, but I can’t remember the name of his most famous book. Was it Remembrance of Things Past or In Search of Lost Time?
2. to keep something carefully in memory
example: Can you remember any poem well enough to recite it?
3. to give somebody a gift
example: Are you expecting anyone to remember you in their will when they die?
4. to send greetings to somebody
example: Remember me to your parents when you see them.
Remembrance, the noun, is:
1. a memory of something that happened in the past
example: May 2nd has been designated as Holocaust Remembrance Day.
2. something that serves to remind; a memento or souvenir
example: While on vacation, people often buy small remembrances to bring back to their
Now, fill in the blanks to prove you remember all of the above:
1. Doesn´t Lisa Presley you of her father, Elvis?
2. Can you your first teacher?
3. him to buy his secretary a gift on secretary’s day.
4. I simply can’t what photophobia means.
5. After causing an accident, it is common for the perpetrator to say that he can’t anything at all.
6. You’d better write down your wedding anniversary date to yourself.
7. Can you the difference between donuts and bagels?
8. If you use a scent that reflects your personality or general mood, it can be a very positive way to people of you when you are away.
I was born near the end of WWII and raised in a small town in New Jersey, just a little more than a 30-minute drive from NYC. It was a wonderful place to be brought up, feeding ducks and canoeing on the river that meandered through the town in the summer, and ice-skating on that same river in the winter.
My two brothers and I were privileged to be raised in a lovely town that was safe to explore on foot, but close enough to NYC to be taken there on day trips to see the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Baily B & B circus, museums, Chinatown, street fairs in the spring and Broadway shows as we grew older. But we thought nothing of it.
Later as teens, we would go into NYC to buy a couple of beers (the drinking age in New York State was 18, and 21 in New Jersey) and hang out in Greenwich Village where we saw singers such as Bob Dylan who were on the first rung of the ladder on their way to fame.
The sixties were a time of speaking out and creating change. I decided to do my part by joining the Peace Corps, an innovative cold war program established by John F. Kennedy in 1961. I arrived in Brazil at the end of 1966, and after an adaptation period, was sent to serve in Porto Nacional, in what was Goias at that time. I can’t say I changed the course of the country, especially as I was immediately called upon to teach English in the local high school.
I have been teaching ever since; high schools, college literature, college language pedagogy, financial English and everything in-between. I married a wonderful Brazilian from Rio and we had 3 boys and moved around some, as he was an engineer who worked on hydro dams. Nowadays I am a widow and live in BH with 3 cats, one of which has extraordinary powers, and I have 4 wonderful and uniquely different grandchildren nearby. Thus far, I have had an interesting life, and this new endeavor called a blog should make it even more interesting.