Writing Lessons from Pope Francis

Regardless of an individual’s religious affiliation, Pope Francis’ visit to the United States had to resonate on some level with just about everyone with even half a soul. His inclusive words and actions — whether speaking to a divided U.S. Congress, meeting with the homeless or making an unscheduled stop to bless a boy in a […]

Three Ways Writers Are Like Stand-Up Comedians

I recently took a vacation with my family aboard the Carnival Dream cruise ship. One of the trip’s many highlights happened almost nightly, when the four of us made our way to the back of the ship and the Punchliner Comedy Club presented by George Lopez. This is a place where passengers can, as the […]

Can Attorneys, Medical Professionals and Cops Write Better, Please?

Why do we dread reading medical records and legal notifications? Because we don’t understand them, that’s why. Who knows what kind of crucial information we’re missing out on simply because of overused jargon, poor grammar, misspellings and a stupefying abundance of words. But now, according to a recent report in The Wall Street Journal, the […]

Good Signs Gone Bad: When Will The Madness Stop?

By now, most school districts around the country have begun another academic year. Many students complete their writing assignments on computers, but such technological wonders as a spell checker, formatting tools and a pop-up dictionary/thesaurus don’t seem to be helping high school graduates succeed at writing. Consider this recent news item from The Huffington Post: […]