What does a high school student need to survive and thrive in today's world? A snappy-looking three-ring binder and color-coordinated folders can only take you so far in life. So, welcome to my first “Small Ways” post in a while.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.
Writers always want to know how other writers write: what their routines are, what recommendations they have, how they come up with their ideas, and what tips they've picked up over the years.Read More
Nobody likes having their time wasted. And when you're paying someone for their time, you would hope that they're not wasting any of THEIR time — because if they are, you're paying for it, both literally and figuratively.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
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