Why Edit an Article or Book?

Editing and proofreading are two terms that are frequently used interchangeably. Both have to do with assuring clarity of expression and removing distractions from the written word. Yet they truly are different tasks. Proofreading basically looks at the mechanics of your writing – the nagging distractions that jump out at some readers and just leave… Continue Reading

To Rhyme Or Not To Rhyme

This is National Poetry Month. Do you have a favorite poet? Someone who can bring visions of nature into your mind, such as Joyce Kilmer’s Trees? I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree. A tree whose hungry mouth is prest Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast; . . .… Continue Reading

“Sorry, Charlie.”

For many of us these words remind us of Charlie the Tuna who was always left behind by the fishermen in a particular canned tuna commercial. Yet the phrase has been around much longer than that. “Sorry, Charlie.” (You’re too short, too tall, too skinny, to be on the team.) “Sorry, Charlie.” (You don’t have… Continue Reading

Gathering Our Memories

I’ve been feeling more nostalgic recently. I think partially because February and March are when my parents were born and they have both been gone over twenty years now. And partially because my oldest and youngest sisters are expecting grandchildren in spring/early summer. These newest members of our family will only know GrandParky and Magic… Continue Reading

What’s another way to say hungry?

Back in the day, common graduation gifts for high school students were their own print copies of a good collegiate dictionary and Roget’s Thesaurus to take to college with them. Because I knew so many phonetic spellers, I frequently gave copies of 35,000 Commonly Misspelled Words, which included brief definitions for various versions of homonyms… Continue Reading