I launched this blog in 2008. My mini-me.


What is a nut graf (or, nut graph)?

April 6, 2011

Note: Updated on Nov. 14, 2023  One of the best writing tools ever invented is called a “nut graf.” It can take your word craft to the next level. A […]

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How punctuation works

March 30, 2011

A lot of my students are annoyed by punctuation. They think it’s a bother to deal with commas, periods, dashes, hyphens, semi-colons and colons. But then, I take them through […]

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How to start building your brand on Twitter

March 3, 2011

Imagine being in the fancy Manhattan offices of a top fashion magazine, interviewing for your dream job. Things are going well — until the interviewer poses The Tough Question: “So…which […]

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How NOT to Get Arrested in NYC: crucial info from Alan Gordon, criminal lawyer

February 5, 2011

Please help me welcome guest blogger Alan Gordon — he’s here with scary facts about how easy is it to get arrested in the Big Apple. While this could happen […]

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Chinese medicine master Jeffrey C. Yuen’s essential health & beauty diet regimen

January 20, 2011

Now that the holiday party season is over, I am left with 10 extra pounds of blubber, an itchy scalp, a pasty-pimply complexion and bad breath. There’s only one way […]

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How to take great news photos & get published – 9 tips from Chuck Zoeller of AP

December 2, 2010

If you want to be a photojournalist — or just wish your photos had a more exciting, newsy edge — meet Chuck Zoeller. For the past 24 years, he’s been […]

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Blogs, Twitter & Facebook for folks over 50

October 30, 2010

While I love having people over and feeding them, today was a first: my guests included a blogging couple. So we spent a good amount of time photographing the meal […]

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