Be More Foolish in the New Year

Be More Foolish in the New Year

“Freedom lies in being bold.” ~ Robert Frost “Talk less and think more.” “Listen more and talk less.” Good advice under certain circumstances, but it can be a terrible reinforcement for those of us who have spent a good part of our lives being meek. In fact, it can be...

How Not To Write Like a Jerk

How Not To Write Like a Jerk

“People may not remember what you did or said, but they will always remember how you made them feel.” ~ Maya Angelou Clear, concise writing requires accurate spelling, good grammar, and a decent vocabulary. Good writing does not always translate into effective...

The Art of the Angry Email

The Art of the Angry Email

I have learned a few lessons about angry emails, and some of them the hard way. Anger, like radiation, has a half-life. Something you feel right now may seem trivial in a day or two. In the olden days, a person would have to sit down with scroll, quill and inkwell. In...

What’s in a Name?

Writing should, at its heart, be about truth and honesty, but always be careful when you decide to name names. Every one of us has his or her own story. I once taught a class on non-fiction writing. People were there to write biographies, family histories, travel...

To Err Is Human

I make a lot of mistakes. In writing, in speech, and in life in general. There’s a lot of bad grammar-hating sentiment on social media sites. It is popular to declare one’s pet peeve to be a particular error in grammar or spelling. Do I care if I get...

Word Is the Word

Here is where I write about writing. About words. About lyrics. About how to. About how not to. About communication and connection. Words are the link between us. We read them, we write them, we think in them, we share them, we express ourselves with them, we listen...