I know, I know. It's like I'm stuck in continuous play mode. I send you this message every December. But hey! it's just too good to pass up! In our home, we celebrate the birth of Christ this time of year. Thus, 'Christ-mas' If that's not what happens at your house, you may still enjoy the ideas here (especially if this is a gift-giving time for your … [Read more...] about Birth of a new Christmas tradition
Sometimes it takes a talented author and a great audio crew to get my attention. This is what happened when I heard a radio play based on a book by Eric Metaxas: Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving (Thanksgiving Day in the United States – when Americans pause to thank God for his blessings – is the fourth Thursday in November.) A perfect holiday for … [Read more...] about A Thanksgiving miracle
Since I'm a website tester, people ask me for advice from 'the other side' ... the angle of the person who sees the good and the bad. They wonder if links are a positive or a negative for their pages. Well ... this depends on the reliability of the links. I use very few links You may have noticed I use very few URLs (links) on my pages. I stay pretty … [Read more...] about “Should I use links on my website?”
'Newsjack' alert for writers: National Pasta Day is fast approaching. According to the National Pasta Day website: “Marco Polo did not discover pasta in Asia and take it to Italy. Early Romans used a very simple flour and water dough: pasta is Italian for ‘dough.’” Interestingly, Thomas Jefferson introduced pasta to the United States when he transported a … [Read more...] about National Pasta Day!
“What’s the hardest part about being a proofer?” My answer always surprises people. It's not doing the work. “The hardest part is convincing people they need a proofer, and having them listen once we're hired!” (Remember the story on my 'Secret sauce' for better docs page?) Crickets During the 2018 midterm primaries, I noticed a local magazine listing … [Read more...] about Give your proofer a break!
Freelance writers: an interesting ‘newsjack’ for next Wednesday In Indiana (United States), Johnny Appleseed is part of the folklore. John 'Johnny Appleseed' Chapman was born on September 26, 1774, and – according to Cheryl Ogden, the director of the Johnny Appleseed Museum in Urbana, Ohio – started his historic treks in 1801. Traveling from his home … [Read more...] about Johnny Appleseed Day