BOLO: Be On The Lookout

Be On the LookOut!   ...more

Five Things for Which I'm Proud (2009 edition)

If you were raised as I was, in the old school, American South way, meaning Sunday School on Sundays and heavy doses of "home training" anytime, anyplace, then you may know why an assignment to write about "five things you're proud of from 2009" shook me up a bit. I can only think of one moment in my personal history where saying "I'm proud," was cool with the folks, and the props go to the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, for that. ...more

Graduate school huh, Good for you!!!more

Never Be Afraid to Take a Risk (even if they laugh at you)

I took part in a live chat this evening with a couple of people that previously I really had considered icons of social media. I  looked up to them and respected their advice. I use the past tense for a reason. During the chat, the main participant who shall remain nameless here (after all I refuse to sink to her (level) repeatedly used the worst kind of profanity and then did her absolute best to shoot down every body’s ideas....more

Curl Up With a Good Blog This Holiday Season

It's two days before Christmas, and a few days after a blizzard in this part of the world, and all I want to do is chill. I went browsing through the Media Journalism blogrolls and found some lovely reads and conversation. Here's a sampling of delights -- enjoy!...more

Relationships Speak

Writing about relationships has become an educational experience; learning and teaching.  Join me on this journey as I try to better understand people and why they interact as they do.  Thank you for reading my blog....more

I have a burning question I'm posting for the masses.  If you have a few moments, please ...more

Does a Male Name Mean More Success as a Writer?

Women have done some remarkable things over the years to feed their kids and keep a roof overhead. Not a few women have pretended to be men in order to advance in their chosen field. It's a particular temptation for a writer, because writers are represented by paper (or pixels) and not present in the flesh. Think George Sand, George Eliot, PD James, and Taylor Caldwell. ...more

Apparently you've got to be misogynist and male to get any attention in this system. Like ...more

Grandfathers and Cigars.

My Greek Grandfather It was the Great Depression. My immigrant Greek grandfather’s produce stand in Chicago was defunct. But he was a proud man and would not let the other Greek men know how bad things were. ...more

A Note of Encouragement: Live Life Your Way, Smile, Stand Strong, Dream Big

Just a note of encouragement today. I received a message on a social networking site recently from a person who was having a hard time pleasing those around her, while remaining happy within herself and was asking for some advice. It got me thinking that every now and again it doesn't hurt to assess your surroundings and take a look at just where exactly life is taking you. Are you living it for others or are you living it to YOUR fullest potential?Some ideas to remember:...more

The deeply personal world of social media

. Such profound change in both media and advertising ...more