Your Opinion Does Count!

No, I’m not famous, and you probably aren’t either! It doesn’t matter. Your opinion is just as valuable as anyone else’s. You just can’t shout it in people’s faces, even if you are famous. Due to the kind of writing I often undertake, I’ve become weary of plain “folks,” as … Read more…

Technical Writing Pays But Be Aware

People always seem surprised that I work as a technical writer instead of sitting at home watching TV soap operas and knitting for grandchildren. It’s not just that I’m considered an old lady nowadays. An Asian developer young enough to be my son actually expressed that same surprise out loud … Read more…

The Writer Can Play the Fool

I don’t think any of the current crop of Presidential candidates qualify as court jesters, but Shakespeare’s Fools would put them to shame, if they did. If the very future of this nation were not at stake, we could laugh ourselves to sleep at night these days. We search high … Read more…

Thank You, Dear Ancestor

Thank you, dear Ancestor, from the bottom of my heart. You won’t be surprised, but you launched my career as a writer! You gave me the genetics for it, and then I sought education on the finer points of writing, including deliberate rule-breaking. Yet until recently I didn’t realize what … Read more…

Writing the Script of Your Life

Even if you’re not a screenwriter, and most of us aren’t, can you imagine you’re writing the script of your life? YOU are writing the script of your life! Consider that someone’s going to make a movie out of your life, whether you want them to or not. You didn’t … Read more…

It Takes Whatever It Takes

It can be difficult to achieve goals, especially when there is no support from family members and only a little, rather bemused understanding from the rest of your group. Much of the time, you’re “it” and if you want to get somewhere, you have to really want or need to get … Read more…

Do We Need to be The Little Red Hen?

Picture The Little Red Hen from old English folklore with someone else’s guilt trips on her head as well as her own! I was always busy and active, probably too busy for my own good. In her defense I can say The Little Red Hen got to eat the bread … Read more…

Not Always What They Seem

While tossing dangerously outdated canned goods into the trash bins at the curb, I happened to overhear two of my quieter neighbors arguing on the sidewalk in front of their house. I didn’t stay out there to hear more and I can’t repeat the words I did hear. They’re no … Read more…

What’s With Slogans?

Remember when people used to say, “It’s the economy, stupid!”? The slogan began as an office sign by Bill Clinton’s political strategist to remind campaign workers of the central issue. It wasn’t the insult some have interpreted it to be, any more than Keep It Simple, Stupid! was ever intended … Read more…

Writers and Words

A writer’s work is with words, so we often have to be precise in our choices to get the message across, unless it really doesn’t matter, of course. No one needs to be “on” all the time. For the most part, we tend to be precise, even when we shock … Read more…