... thank my parents, God and Elinor Roosevelt.
Gosh, I loved that post!
So mine would have been:
I would be an illustrator — I love drawing. Or a coach, since I have a natural interest in people: what motivates them, makes them sad, mad or glad.
By which, are you suggesting that Americans don't use commas before the final 'and' in sequences? Note, I never said they always did, just as I would never say that the British never use a comma here. What I am saying is that Americans definitely use such commas more often than the British do.
Here's what wikipedia has to say about this use of the comma - the 'serial comma', I've learnt:
"Opinions vary among writers and editors on the usage or avoidance of the serial comma. In American English
the serial comma is standard in most non-journalistic writing, which typically follows the Chicago Manual of Style
. Journalists, however, usually follow the Associated Press
Style Guide, which advises against it. It is less often used in British English
Note the last sentence. But it's not just something I've read; it's something I and my colleagues notice on a regular basis, because we often have to conform documents from our New York office to our firm's house style, which is based on GBEng - one of the most striking differences is the profusion of these redundant commas.