Why do I want you to put the damn phone away? Because while you're looking down at your phone, you're missing out on some fairly big and important and good parts of your own life.Read More
I’m obsessed with helping people. I’m not a doctor, therapist, convenience store clerk, park ranger, or general contractor, however – so I can’t help you with your foot fungus, daddy issues, lotto habit, insatiable botanical curiosity, or basement renovation. What I am is a writer, editor, and natural-born teacher with a tremendous work ethic and an innate desire to help the world be as lovely and humane a place as possible. So my blog is focused on sharing small lessons I’ve learned: small ways to be a better writer, a better worker, and a better human.
“Be the labor great or small, do it right or not at all." It is to this aphorism — in particular, to the persistence, commitment, and insistence on quality that it has ingrained in me — that I owe a great deal of my success in life.Read More
Idioms — phrases that have come to have certain meanings that can't be deduced from the individual words used — are something we ALL learn over time. But they’re doubly hard for non-native English speakers trying to navigate our idiom-laden world.Read More
Over time, I’ve discovered a handful of websites that I use on a fairly regular basis for writing or work. In the event you haven't experienced the particular joys of some of these, I thought I'd share them with you today.Read More
We all enjoy looking smarter than we are. Sadly, however, there’s no avoiding the fact that people make judgments about other people's intelligence based on the smallest bits of data. It's not fair, but it happens.Read More
The English language is rife with super-fun word pairs in which one word is commonly confused with the other. Some simply sound alike. Others have overlapping/similar meanings that are hard to keep straight.Read More