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The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Pomodoros

I only watched the Netflix series, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, once. It wasn’t bad. It just wasn’t great enough for me to commit my time to. There was a quote, however, that resonated with me. Kimmy said, “You can stand anything … Continue reading

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On Jazz Snobbery: Letting Go of Rock Star Status

“You rock.” “She’s a rock star in our industry.” Rock schmock. I have an appreciation for rock music. I grew up with it. I bought my first Beatles LP when I was five. Went to see Jethro Tull at the … Continue reading

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The Writer’s Toolkit: Word Up!

I have a new book to store in my Powers That Be reference shelf. This shelf holds what I consider to be the pantheon of grammar and stylistic reference material. This collection includes Garner’s Modern American Usage and Grammar Girl’s … Continue reading

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Teaching My Daughter to Drive a Car…and Mentoring Others

Getting a driver’s license is about as far as we go in our society for giving our adolescents a rite of passage into adulthood. To me, it’s almost a sacred time (okay, and a scared time, just to be anagram-istic). … Continue reading

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Not Dead: Responsive Communication

My wife occasionally sends me text messages which, in my mind, do not require a reply. You know, things like a status update or a quick note that she’s running late. It’s informative for me to know. However, I didn’t … Continue reading

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Wabi-Sabi Writing

My limited understanding of the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi is that it is an insight in which you can appreciate the beauty in the imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. I don’t know about things you write, but imperfection, impermanence, and incompleteness … Continue reading

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The Writing Life: Ernest Hemingway

“Since I had started to break down all my writing and get rid of all facility and try to make instead of describe, writing had been wonderful to do. But it was very difficult, and I did not know how … Continue reading

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Semi-colon-oscopy

Stop using semi-colons in your technical documentation. You can stop reading now if you pledge to delete your semi-colons. If you don’t make such a pledge, read the rest of this riveting blog entry. I used to use semi-colons in … Continue reading

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The Writing Life: Gertrude Stein

You will write if you will write without thinking of the result in terms of a result, but think of the writing in terms of discovery, which is to say that creation must take place between the pen and the … Continue reading

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The Te of Piglet: The Writer in Agile

Traditionally, Agile development has used the terms chicken and pigs to delineate two types of people involved in the development process. The cliched Agile fable goes: A pig and a chicken are talking to each other. The chicken says, “Hey … Continue reading

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