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Typos in the pre-digital age. Or, why proofing your work matters then … AND now.

Posted by on Mar 2, 2017 | 0 comments

Typos in the pre-digital age. Or, why proofing your work matters then … AND now.

Think back to a high school or college writing assignment. Term paper, book report … anything, really. Did you get dinged for typos? (Shorthand for typographical errors, in case you were wondering.) Does a particularly egregious error come to mind?

Allow me to get this conversation going, with an embarrassingly cringe-worthy example out of my own not-so-recent past….

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Cursive, curses? No! Cursive, creative.

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016 | 1 comment

Cursive, curses? No! Cursive, creative.

Another holiday season, another slew of season’s greetings cards to send out.

I always compose brief notes on each card. For the occasion, I break out my (somewhat rusty) cursive writing skills.…

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Crosswords are tremendous! Or, expand your word horizons.

Posted by on Aug 15, 2016 | 0 comments

Crosswords are tremendous! Or, expand your word horizons.

Those “dog days” of August summer have arrived, with a head index of 105 degrees today. Stepping outside into this figurative blast furnace brought mental images of my mind – and plans for inspired writing discourse – boiling to a liquefaction halt.

Now back in air conditioned heaven, I’m trying, trying to reform coherent thoughts. To flex those writing muscles to ensure they aren’t completely atrophied from the relentless heat and humidity….

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Writing and Editing as Art and Science

Posted by on Jul 12, 2016 | 0 comments

Writing and Editing as Art and Science

In late April my third-grader received homework relating to the elementary school’s annual “Science Matters Day”: explaining how music and sound relates to science.

We are a household of science buffs, so with customary gusto my son and I scoured the internet for sources that could inform his answer….

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Spelling Mnemonics for Everyone, Everywhere

Posted by on Apr 14, 2016 | 0 comments

Spelling Mnemonics for Everyone, Everywhere

Brief
Piece
Shield
Shriek
View
Yield

Ah, third grade spelling lists. Above is a sampling of my son’s from last week, in which words containing “ie” were a significant focus….

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Cracking those BAD BAD BAD Business Habits

Posted by on Mar 9, 2016 | 0 comments

Cracking those BAD BAD BAD Business Habits

Over the years I’ve picked up a bad habit or two (or three or four). Like most human beings, I can rationalize my way around, over and through them.

But when problematic tendencies start adversely impacting one’s work, clients, coworkers and peers WILL notice … if they haven’t already. Remember, it only takes one disgruntled customer review on social media to inform the whole world….

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