In search of real

In search of real

(<— Real dog, fake squirrel) Quite a while ago, an association I belong to created some new marketing material. Prominent on what really was a good-looking piece was a stock photo of a group of people, basically standing in for those of us who are actual...

Lurkers, come out of hiding!

I had been mulling over writing here about the times I was surprised, pleased and even floored to discover someone had (secretly) been reading this blog, and I had no idea because they never commented. Just last week, a new IABC contact mentioned that something I had...
Thanks for coming out

Thanks for coming out

I have borrowed shamelessly from the ever-thoughtful Patti Digh (“What would you be doing today if you only had 37 days to live?”) for the title of this post, which references her own about National Coming Out Day, observed today in the United Kingdom and...

I’m thankful for Sesame Street!

It being Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, I am grateful for many things:  love, friendship, family, work, health and happiness. But you know what else I truly appreciate? Those creative folks at Sesame Street. Yes, they have done it again, with a clever and funny parody...
Done anything scary lately?

Done anything scary lately?

It’s October, and Halloween costumes and decorations have been in the stores for weeks. What better time to talk about scary things? And by that I mean, doing what scares you. Over dinner last night, one of my friends confessed that she is afraid of doing...
Today we celebrate punctuation

Today we celebrate punctuation

What makes me crazy Are apostrophes in signs. Know the one’s I mean? That is my haiku in honour of National Punctuation Day, September 24. (OK, I know an apostrophe is not punctuation, so it’s more of a haiku in honour of general grammatical attention to detail,...
Learning means letting go

Learning means letting go

As the online portion of my two-year Professional Communications program cranks up, the biggest struggle is not fitting the work into my day or evening. No, it’s losing the feeling of competence I used to have. I’ve been running my own business for close...
September blues

September blues

While about two weeks remain before summer is officially over, you and I both know that if the calendar says September, summer is done. At least, that’s the case pretty much anywhere in Canada. So I’m already a little sad about that. Summer has always been...

Expressive writing, v.2

I love reading the expressive ways other people have found to make a point. Here are my latest finds (the parts I particularly like are in bold): “I sometimes think of cancer as a long and difficult journey, a quest out of Tolkien, or a dark waltz.”...