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How to Write a Killer Lead

Writing is hard. Don’t let anyone tell you it’s not. Writing well is even harder. Throw in the challenge of a dry subject matter, and the task can be downright excruciating. Unless  you know the secret … I recently wrote a Guest Blog pos titled How...

5 Ways to Be Happy Now

I recently wrote a guest blog for Spin Sucks, (as in media spin), a nationally recognized blog for communication professionals—writers, public relations practitioners, advertising folks. Though the blog was geared to that community, the message is universal. Everyone...

Take Note

I admit that I am a compulsive note taker. I’m sure it springs from my 20+ years as a journalist. When you get paid to ask people questions, it’s certain that they expect you to write down what they say. So, I do. The note taking isn’t reserved, however, for the forum...

Start Strong

First impressions are powerful. Research scientists find that our brains decide if we like someone within less than 30 seconds of meeting them. And the first impression lasts. These same scientists note that a region of the brain that lights up on digital scans when...

Creativity

My friend Mary is a painter. Her art is vibrant and colorful. Her work tackles themes of spirituality and the human condition, with abstract shapes and layers upon layers of images that tell a story. Her paintings make you feel something when you look at them. She’s...

Stop to Keep Going

In the last five days I’ve had four feature stories due—three of them on the same day—two editing projects, plus I had to turn in a PowerPoint for a speech I’m giving later this week. For the first time in my life, I’ve felt like I might actually run...