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Facing Writer’s Block: When the Words Won’t Come

Facing Writer's Block: When the Words Won't Come

Nearly four months have passed since my last blog, an entire season on a platform so exuberantly named, Just Write. This writer’s block silence was born from a cascade of some of the most challenging events in my life. Any one of these, thrown like an icy snowball, would sting, but not knock me back far. Taken together, though, it is as if they merged to form huge, path-clearing snow monster careening downhill. It would seem turbulent times would call […]

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Flying Lessons

Flying Lessons

Something dreadful happened this week. Dreadful-awful. A beautiful, beloved family friend suddenly passed. She was just 22, my son’s best friend. They shared creative, brilliant joy and sadness, and, like all dear friends, the understanding and acceptance that no matter what the world may see, each was imperfect. And that it was all right. And their laughter was a secret handshake that said it’s okay to be impeccably myself with you, and goofy-silly, and even if you piss me off […]

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Business Plan Essentials: How to Write a SWOT Analysis

When crafting business plans, new entrepreneurs are eager to tell the “good news,” but are often reluctant to describe the types of things that could go wrong or undermine the business. A balanced, well-thought out and written SWOT analysis is both a necessary part of the plan itself as well as a great exercise for the owner. Unlike, say, a sales presentation or a job interview where you want to keep the focus on the positive, consideration of both the […]

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National Punctuation Day Celebrates Good Grammar

National Punctuation Day Celebrates Good Grammar

Poor commas, periods and semicolons, they never seem to get the attention they deserve. But each year on September 24, National Punctuation Day reminds us that maybe hyphens need some lovin’, too. Having spent a lot of time editing, it’s safe to say that nearly everyone has some punctuating deficits. Some even have their own signature commonly-made mistakes. (Heck, I’m just waiting to realize I’ve mispunctuated in this post!) Nevertheless, there’s no denying that punctuation marks are good for a […]

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