Transitions, In Life – and Writing

Over at The High Calling, Karen Swallow Prior writes about transitions - in life, and in writing: The lack of proper connections is, I’ve been noticing lately, the root of all kinds of trouble. Weak or missing transitions account for the greatest problem in the writing of my advanced students. One paper in particular comes to mind. [Read More...]

Industry of One

Two of my friends from church (who are married to one another) have a website that I recently discovered, called Industry of One. In it, they explore different people’s personal style and work habits – two topics that interest me greatly. And it’s accompanied by terrific photography. Reading the website made me think of a [Read More...]

Because Useful

In somewhat weird news, the American Dialect Society has chosen “because” as its word of the year. This is not, of course, a new word – but it took on different shades of meaning in 2013, the New York Times reports on its Arts blog: Ben Zimmer, chairman of the dialect society’s new words committee, [Read More...]

Beating the first day back

Happy new year! Or, maybe, not so happy. News sources around the world report that today is Blue Monday, supposedly the most depressing day of the year, for a variety of reasons. Though the original “scientific” report that established this as fact is widely considered pseudoscience by, well, scientists, turns out there may be some truth to [Read More...]