Out of the Mouths of Babes

Out of the Mouths of Babes

My daughters have no trepidation about referencing my death. I might play a role in this behavior. Captain Fantastic is one of our favorite movies.

Commercial Fishing in Alaska

Commercial Fishing in Alaska

When I was twenty years old, I had the opportunity to fish in Alaska. Up to that point in my life, the idea of fishing conjured up images of standing lakeside with a fishing pole and a cup of worms at my feet, or middle-aged men in a lazy boat on calm water, drinking beer and chatting under hats speckled with fishing lures.

The Glasgow Patter

The Glasgow Patter

The photo above shows the equestrian statue of the Duke of Wellington. It’s been common practice for the past few decades to place traffic cones on his head. Glaswegians (or “Weegies”) find this amusing, though the practice is apparently irksome to police and city officials.

10 Mistakes of Writing Humor

10 Mistakes of Writing Humor

A smiling reader turns the page. Somebody said that once. I’m pretty sure I’m not the first. But it’s true. If you’re making your reader smile, they’re likely to stick with you.

On Bullying

On Bullying

Bullying isn’t just for kids. We like to think that it takes place on school playgrounds (which it does) and that it’s an unfortunate part of adolescence (which it is). But there’s more to it.

Americana

Americana

My summers in West Virginia showed me, for the first time, stark cultural differences from my life just an hour north in Maryland. This was great preparation for later venturing further from home.

How to Fail with People

How to Fail with People

I’m never sure if we’re actually kissing cheeks or air or if one of us is supposed to kiss and the other is just supposed to offer the cheek. Because I’m not really good at doing both at the same time.

Editors: The LBDs of Publishing

Editors: The LBDs of Publishing

Everyone woman – and man who wears dresses – needs one. Why? It makes you look good. It makes you feel good. It’s there for you when you don’t know what else to do…Just like an editor.