In Sickness, In Health

I spotted two articles recently about vocation . . . and illness. At Good Letters, Paige Eve Chant wrote about “how to write in a sick person’s body“: At first, I thought I might keep it a secret, this new disease, because privacy is a long-lost treasure in this world. I was eager to set [Read More...]

Improve Your Writing, Now

I teach writing and edit for a living, so I talk to a lot of people who say that they wish they knew a few tricks to help their writing improve. It’s unfortunate but true: once you’re a grownup, on the hamster wheel of daily work, it’s hard to re-learn grammar rules and re-build your [Read More...]

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,┬áThe 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...]


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