Language and Writing

Seven Reasons To Dislike Internet Lists

Seven Reasons To Dislike Internet Lists

That’s it. I’m officially suffering from list fatigue. Maybe you’ve felt the same way, too. Social media has been consumed by lists. And, yes, I will admit I’ve written plenty of them myself. Once word got out that lists encourage sharing and drive viral content on the web, it seems all writing, all virtual fact sharing and digital entertainment became decidedly list bound. I stumbled upon a New Yorker article that gave some rationale for communicating via lists. Apparently we […]

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Silence — A poem in prose

Silence -- A poem in prose

Silence. Or some whisperless part. The place between the ringing in the left ear and the ringing in the right, punctuated by the violent first gust of warm air through the heat ducts, crossed by a barking dog, then left. In silence. Scary. What falls in behind the quiet, lurks, drives us, needs to be examined, yet resists examination. Sit. Let scary silence bring forth that which shrinks so in the light of day. Demons, yet not. Derived from a […]

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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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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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