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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Michael Sheehan  

Pen Name: Michael J. Sheehan

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Born: in

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Mr. Sheehan taught for twenty-six years at the City Colleges of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Sheehan retired from the City Colleges of Chicago in 1994 after teaching in the English Department at Olive-Harvey College for 26 years. In his spare time he is a writer, and he does a weekly guest stint on Tuesday mornings on AM 580, WTCM which servs the Grand Traverse, Michigan area. The show is called Words to the Wise, and it covers the joys and vicissitudes of the English language. The program can also be heard in streaming audio and podcast by going to [http://www.wtcmradio.com www.wtcmradio.com].Mike also maintains a blog about language at [http://www.verbmall.blogspot.com www.verbmall.blogspot.com]. It covers the same issues as his weekly radio program: word and phrase origins, punctuation concerns, verb and pronoun agreement, historical aspects of English, and many other items of concern to writers and readers.Sheehan currently resides in Leelanau County, Michigan.


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Titles At Your Library

More Words to the Wise
ISBN: 193392618X

Arbutus Press. 2008

Since the year 2001, WTCM-AM 580, a talk radio station in Traverse City, Michigan, has been carrying Michael Sheehan s radio program called Words to the Wise. Along with co-host Ron Jolly, he fields questions about the English language. The topics include word and phrase origins, points of grammar and punctuation, pet peeves, pronunciation, funny gaffes in advertising and broadcasting, writing tips, and anything else remotely connected to our living, lissome language.

The questions contained in this volume were called in during the show or later emailed to Sheehan during the past four years. They are real questions asked by real people, some of them confused by our mother tongue, some of them bemused by its jabs and dekes. As in the companion volumes written for Arbutus Press, the questions and answers have been edited for clarity and brevity, but the essence of the original interchanges has been preserved.

This is not a stuffy grammar book. Entertainment is on a par with instruction when you are in public media, but be assured that the answers are based on twenty-nine years of teaching experience, most of them at the community college level. If you love language, you will find questions in this book that you very well might have asked.

On the Lamb in a Doggy Dog World
ISBN: 0976610493

Arbutus Press. 2006

On the Lamb in a Doggy Dog World is an affectionate tilting at linguistics by lingo-crusader Michael J. Sheehan. He offers challenging word games, amusing new words of his own contrivance, well-researched histories of favorite words and phrases, and many mythical explanations, including the 39 origins of "the whole nine yards." Fans of Words to the Wise: A Lighthearted Look at the English Language, his previous book, will appreciate the continued scholarship and expanded humor of On the Lamb in a Doggy Dog World: At Play with the English Language.

Words to the Wise: A Lighthearted Look at the English Language
ISBN: 096653168X

Arbutus Press. 2004

A compilation of questions and answers about the English language from the author's weekly "call in" radio program, Words to the Wise, heard on WTCM 580 AM in Traverse City, Michigan. Listeners ask about spelling, punctuation, grammar and word origin, and Mike answers with his particular brand of humor, clarity, and precision. Words to the Wise will make you laugh at zany word facts and clever slogans and make you learn but he always gravitates to the fun side of language.

"Who put the cat in kitty-corner?"
"Did Jimi Hendrix actually sing, 'scuse me while I kiss this guy?"
"Is rhinotillexomania contagious-and are you sure you don't already suffer from it?"

Words!: A Vocabulary Power Workbook
ISBN: 0155025708

Harcourt College Pub. 1995

Appropriate for developmental reading and vocabulary courses, this twelve chapter vocabulary enhancement text is organized by themes (number, relationship, nature, etc.) to facilitate understanding and memorization. It incorporates a tight blend of word parts, context, and dictionary use to help students cope with the kinds of textbooks, sourcebooks, and journals they will encounter in the college and professional arenas.

Handbook for Basic Writers
ISBN: 0133819485

Prentice-Hall. 1991

Designed for students who are studying essay-writing, this handbook lays out basic points of grammar, the mechanics of language, usage and writing in a straightforward manner.

Handbook for Basic Writers
ISBN: 0133819485

Prentice-Hall. 1991

Designed for students who are studying essay-writing, this handbook lays out basic points of grammar, the mechanics of language, usage and writing in a straightforward manner.

In the Shadow of the Bear
ISBN: 0803488386

Avalon. 1990


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