Yearly Archives: 2009

Twitter, the talk of ’09

A Christmas visit with family reminded me that although the cool kids online are abuzz about Twitter, much of the regular (non PR or communications) world has little knowledge of or use for it. The nephews and nieces were all about video games or Facebook, while some of the aunts and uncles dabbled in Facebook […]

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More random misspellings

While celebrating Christmas with family in a small Ontario town this past weekend, I ran across countless examples of misspelled signs, inappropriate use of apostrophes in what should have been plurals, random capitalization of Important Words and other affronts to word nerds. Sadly, I did not have anything with me to capture them for your […]

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Your Christmas laugh

It took a while, but I encountered the first instance of “holiday season” in a client’s newsletter I edited yesterday. This phrase drives me crazy, whether or not it is accented by unnecessary capitalization as Holiday Season. Winter is a season; so is spring. Christmas (and the ensuing holiday) is not a season, even though […]

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In praise of home offices

It was still dark as I drove my husband to a 7 a.m. doctor’s appointment yesterday. Traffic was building on the highway, but at least it was moving. In another half an hour, cars would probably be keeping no better than a snail’s pace. It suddenly occurred to me that in my former corporate life, […]

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Why you need balance

Just a couple of years ago, today would have been a travel day. I’d have my bag packed, a batch of shortbread made, and would be (probably frantically) doing some last-minute work this morning before heading to the airport for a Thursday-to-Sunday pre-Christmas getaway. Destination: Vancouver, and the home of my very best friend from […]

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Don’t wait to live your life

All the fuss about Tiger Woods this week (who is thankfully no longer the top trending topic on Twitter) just made me think this: If those who are already gorgeous, thin and rich — like Elin Nordegren and Shania Twain, for American and Canadian examples — are having trouble reaching happily-ever-after, why do so many […]

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More heartfelt writing

Here’s some more expressive writing. Love Letter is a public art project in Philadelphia consisting of a series of 50 rooftop murals painted by local and international artists. The project began in August 2009, and is described this way: The murals, which are best viewed from the Market-Frankford elevated transit line, collectively express a love […]

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Express your thanks

So my American friends are today recovering from all that turkey, and many are heading out to the malls to start some serious Christmas shopping. I hope you had a happy Thanksgiving! I’ve written before about Patti Digh, author of the wonderful and inspiring Life is a verb: 37 days to wake up, be mindful, […]

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Dressed for indie success

At two recent networking events, someone commented that I am always well-dressed. A translator I once worked with was surprised to find, when we finally met in person, that I wasn’t the scruffy, unwashed writer he had expected. People imagine that independents sit around in our bathrobes and fuzzy slippers, and therefore we don’t know […]

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How do you support a friend with cancer?

I lost another friend last week, this time to inflammatory breast cancer. It’s a particularly nasty form that often comes on suddenly, acting similar to mastitis (also an inflammation, usually related to breastfeeding), and spreads quickly. Her oncologist had only seen 12 cases in his practice, and every one of the women who had it […]

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