The Spiritual Practice of Making Mistakes

Hello from sunny, beautiful Santa Fe, where I’m completing the requirements for my Master of Fine Arts degree. My specialization is in creative nonfiction, and I titled my thesis, an essay collection, The Practice of Falling. I’m a very bad titler, but I realized as I was putting all these separate essays I’d worked on over [Read More...]

Is Texting Ruining Our Ability to Write?

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A couple of days ago I blogged on the question: Is texting ruining our relationships? Following a New York Times article by Sherry Turkle, I answered this question with: “Quite possibly. At least sometimes.” Well, the Times is at it again. In “Talking with Your Fingers,” John McWhorter responds to the frequently heard charge that [Read More...]

It It Possible to Teach the Art of Conversation and Civility?

The Washington Square Arch, through which you can see the Empire State Building, the "campus" of The King's College

Alissa Wilkinson thinks so. A writing instructor at The King’s College in New York City and an accomplished writer in her own right, Wilkinson believes it is both possible and beneficial to teach students, not only how to write decent prose, but also how to communicate effectively in today’s world. Wilkinson is especially concerned that [Read More...]

Tech Trends: Groupon Uses Poetry and Humor to Grow Its Business

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A couple of months ago I signed up with Groupon. Now I get an email “coupon” each day, offering me some deal within a reasonable drive from my house. None of this is especially interesting. But what I have found interesting is the written copy that entices me to use my daily coupon. For example, [Read More...]


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