Say, “Yes.”

From time to time, I enjoy exploring the vast collection of questions on Quora written by people around the world. There, you’ll find out that people have secrets, cousins aren’t always just cousins, and ghosts might be real, but most important, Quora will teach you that everyone wants something. We’re tethered together by a common…

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Eleanor?

Is the name “Eleanor” making a comeback, or is it just me? Growing up, I was always the only Eleanor; the kid with an “old lady” and tragically old-fashioned name who grew up to be a woman with a “severe” sounding name. True, it doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, forcing an abrupt stop with…

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What’s an Editor?

What’s the one thing you would do even if you weren’t getting paid to? Or what’s the one activity you can see yourself doing forever? For me, it’s editing manuscripts. Over the years, I’ve been lucky that authors and publishers have trusted me with their work; and luckier that I found something that I really…

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Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Well, 2016 was looking pretty grim overall and it looks like it’ll be ending with a lot of stress being brought on by the presidential election, school, and life–of course. But you know what? Everything is okay and there were a lot of blessings this year, too. Life is good. May you recognize all…

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Dear English Major

Recently,  I was asked what advice I could provide for prospective graduating English majors. If you pick up a brochure from a university in Connecticut, you may see that I am the first name listed there. Though I wanted to be helpful, this subject always brings up mixed feelings for me. This subject brings on a…

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When You’re a Veteran. . .

You don’t have to wait until you’re 70 years old for your friends to start dying around you. You’re with others but you’re still alone. Sometimes you regret ever donning a uniform, but, sometimes others help you feel proud that you did. You know (really know) what the word “camaraderie” means, and feel lucky because…

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