Monday, February 28, 2011

Can you delete 'that'? It's often unnecessary

"That" is frequently overused. Can you find ways to delete it from your writing?

I often find myself deleting 'that' on a second go 'round and find my writing flows better.

Then there are times when 'that' fits in nicely like no other word can.

Can you delete the word ‘that’ from your writing?

What results have you found from deleting the unnecessary use of 'that'?

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Are you putting two spaces after a period? Here's why it's wrong

Putting two spaces after each sentence is so old school. When we all started working on computers, the need for two spaces went away. But, old practices die hard.

Two spaces after a period: Why you should never, ever do it. - By Farhad Manjoo - Slate Magazine

And if you need a more detailed guide, here are style guides for the Mac and PC:
The Mac is Not a Typewriter
The PC is Not a Typewriter

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Generosity Unbound: How American Philanthropy Can Strengthen the Economy and Expand the Middle Class

In her book, Generosity Unbound: How American Philanthropy Can Strengthen the Economy and Expand the Middle Class, author and professor Claire Gaudiani argues that philanthropy has played a significant role in the American economic engine ever since our nation's founding. She also argues that little regulation on foundations and philanthropic giving is the best environment that encourages philanthropic investment ... and that philanthropy is key to the future of American democracy.

Here's a seven-minute clip from the BookTV program in which Gaudiani introduces the premise of her book.

Watch the entire program on BookTV (about 90 minutes):
Economics - Generosity Unbound: How American Philanthropy Can Strengthen the Economy and Expand the Middle Class - Book TV



Thursday, October 21, 2010

NPR Fires Juan Williams for Being Honest

FoxNews.com - NPR Fires Juan Williams; Fox News Expands His Role

So, what does it take?

When will people recognize that sharing honest feelings about something or someone IS NOT bigotry? (An aside: Just because I don't agree with Barack Obama's policies or politics doesn't make me racist. How absurd is that kind of thinking? If it were so, more than half the country would be considered bigots.)

Where's the bigotry in Juan Williams statements? I see none. Read the article and see the entire context. Listen to the audio and watch the video in the entire context. Where, I ask, is the bigotry? If you're being truly honest with yourself, how can you completely, truly, honestly say that Williams' statements are bigoted? The truth is, he's verbalized what I'm sure so many of us feel. And that doesn't make us all bigoted.

Juan Williams' firing for being open and honest is outrageous!

And the NPR execs who made the decision are cowards and shortsighted for not standing on their own two feet and seeing Williams' statements for what they are.

Honest.

We need more in the media who are willing to be so honest.