Threats from my ISP

This week, I received what I consider to be a threatening e-mail from my Internet service provider: “In the next couple of weeks, when you log into your Bell Mail [an aside: always known as Sympatico; are they changing it?] using your Internet browser,...

Inclusive language

Some of the writing I do for Big Client #1 goes to American readers as well as Canadian. All along, the articles have gone on separate pages, so we stuck to American spelling with things written specifically for the U.S. page and Canadian spelling for the Canucks. Now...

Freelancer follies

While Jake and I were out walking the other day, a bird crapped on my head.  I’ve heard it’s good luck and maybe that’s true. In my mail that day was payment of an invoice that had been outstanding for months. In my e-mail, promise of more money....

Message in a bottle

Hello, all you lurkers! Over the past couple of weeks, I was pleasantly surprised to find out about several people who are following my blog. Even if you aren’t necessarily saying anything, it’s nice to know you’re out there. When my friend Gloria...

Random misspellings

From the “glad I didn’t write that” files, some errors spotted recently in prominent places: …aged to a  natural petina (patina) …receive a complementary gift with test drive (complimentary) …being completely wreckless with your future...
Get gutsy for a good cause

Get gutsy for a good cause

November is Crohn’s and colitis awareness month, or as the Crohn’s & Colitis Canada likes to call it, “Get Gutsy Month.” So this is my public awareness message for an autoimmune disorder that hits not just close to home but also right...

Get control of your e-mail

A smart reminder from Jakob Nielsen in his most recent Alertbox: “…the best way to boost your productivity is to switch off IM, Twitter and the like and refrain from checking your email more than once per hour. Even the shortest interruption costs you...

Where were the other voters?

Of course the world is buzzing today with the good news that Barack Obama will be the new president of the United States. I’m hopeful it will mean good things for the neighbours, too. What strikes me about this election (besides how painfully long it dragged on)...