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: […]


Grammar Points #3: How to Avoid Apostrophe Atrocities

To apostrophe or not to apostrophe? That is the question you need to ask when writing. Otherwise, as August 15’s celebration of International Apostrophe Day made abundantly clear, you will be mocked. Among the best pieces of apostrophe advice we’ve heard? When in doubt, leave it out. But even that smart rule of thumb doesn’t always […]


Four Ways Robin Williams and ‘Dead Poets Society’ Inspire Writers

All of us, regardless of age, have a favorite Robin Williams movie. He was just that kind of actor. As society grapples with the challenges of depression — and the related questions that Williams’ tragic death brings to the forefront — I revisited not only my favorite Robin Williams movie, but one of my all-time […]