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October 3, 2018

When you're a writer, and you're working on a book, you dance. You edit to death, contemplating if the word "a" is stronger than "the" or if your first sentence is really good enough to grab attention. You spend hours reading over what you've written, tinkering with pr...

July 24, 2018

A few weeks ago, IHOP made headlines.

They had us scratching our heads over the skillet flip of the "p" in their company name/acronym to declare that the infamous pancake house was now to be called IHOB - International House of Burgers. Excuse me, what?! Everyone knows...

April 7, 2018

I was at the post office this morning mailing a package to a friend. The postal worker had a lot of questions for me: Anything liquid, fragile, potentially hazardous? Are you sending this priority or first class? Do you need insurance? No, neither, no. Since I was mail...

February 13, 2018

Someone has a serious Napoleon complex. With the swagger shape of some puny punk leaning against a brick wall in an alleyway, this bully says, "yeah, go ahead. I dare you."

The comma.

It makes us, even those rare self-professed I'm good with commas people, feel confused,...

November 3, 2017

Sears Department Stores recently announced that they're bringing back its "Wish Book." They claim that customers missed it, so they've created a smaller yet still hefty printed version that will go to "best members" of the store. 

I grew up on the "Sears Wish Book"...

October 6, 2017

There are many things I love about being a freelance waiter. I can serve others with creativity and integrity. I have the freedom to juggle many things on one plate. I can work a double shift if I need to. I get to use all my favorite pens. And I pick up great tips fro...

October 5, 2017

Dear Resistant Plant,

I can understand how circumstance may have led you to feel this way - people not watering you, taking your fragrance for granted, leaving you in office corners where there is little light to feed your being - but a life of resistance is an unfortun...

August 25, 2017

I just experienced a totality I will never, ever see again in my lifetime. I knew it was coming for a long time now, and as excited as I was to finally see it, I was more emotional than I thought I would be. I stared right at it, as protected as one can be to avoid lon...

July 24, 2017

In the 1970s, Trident gum came out with “four out of five dentists surveyed recommend sugarless gum for their patients who chew gum.” The "four out of five" has become a go-to phrase for a majority vote. No one ever says much, though, about the fifth dentist. I'm prett...

May 12, 2017

This article appeared in Publishers Weekly magazine.

There was a time when I couldn’t work/write without my physical, hardcover dictionary at my side. It’s not that I can’t spell, or that my vocabulary is scant. My dictionary has always been a springboard for inspiratio...

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