Quick note: this post was written and recorded before the company name change. [If you prefer to listen, here's the audio.] Hey there! For the past few weeks, I've been 'stuck in' (as my Aussie buddies say) with difficult projects. I needed a break. Good timing. A friend sent me the perfect grin maker right when I needed it. I'm thinkin' maybe you … [Read more...] about Fun examples of c-r-a-z-y English!
'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!
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
Hey, freelance journalists, here's a 'newsjack' idea for you: Have schools' attitudes about left-handers changed? When my dad grew up, schools forced retraining of ‘south paws.’ Or tried to, until they came up against Gramma Mary. 8-) She intervened and embraced 'left-handed.' I suppose it was her equivalent of "God doesn't make junk." I’m right-handed … [Read more...] about It’s Left-Handers’ Day
OK ... who'da thunk it? There's an honest-to-goodness fun holiday celebrating French fries. I'm sure all you freelance writers out there have your own story about this crunchy treat. 'Newsjack' this idea! Here's my example. Fun tale. Fast to write and post. 8-) I love McDonald's French fries. My dad and I had a McDonald's ritual we played out every … [Read more...] about It’s National French Fry Day
As a proofer, I sometimes shake my head in wonder and chuckle at word problems. This headline, for example: How Much it Costs for a Family to Live in 20 U.S. Cities "Say what?!" I thought it was difficult paying our bills, but 20 different places to keep up? The kitchen gadgets alone would kill the York budget! OK, I know the author meant 'Living Costs … [Read more...] about “Say WHAT?!”