Eulogy for My Father

A River Runs Through It

On the South Platte River

My father died last week, after a heartbreaking, years-long battle with Alzheimer’s. It was not unexpected, yet it hit me a little harder than I thought, even after all this time to prepare …

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Is Your Writing Missing the Element of Suspense?

Cover of Suspense Comics, No. 8, 1945

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Writers constantly struggle to find just the right words. But then we go and squander them by burying them somewhere in the middle of a sentence, undermining the strength of the point we’re trying to make …

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10 Everyday Words You’re Misusing (Including ‘Everyday’)

Grammar PeevesCertain word pairs that look or sound alike cause a lot of confusion. I’m not talking about the ones you hear about all the time, like there and their, it’s and its and to and too. Or even the more recently problematic (and inexplicable to me) lose and loose …
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Why Are PR People So Miserable?

Why PR People Are So Miserable

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Much has been written about the PR business being such a stressful occupation. Lots of reasons are cited, from slashed budgets to demanding clients to cranky reporters. And while I tend to believe that much of this stress is exaggerated (these are, after all, PR people talking), there’s one major source of stress that’s often overlooked …

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How To Say Almost Anything Better, The Godfather Way

In the best fiction, great characters are revealed through their actions, mannerisms and appearance. In the opening scene of The Godfather, Don Vito Corleone, dressed in a tuxedo, sits in a darkened office behind a big desk. Across from him sits a man pleading for his help in correcting an injustice …

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The Secret of Storytelling Success

Every once in a while in your career you get to work on a dream project. One that’s challenging, rewarding and uses your talents to the utmost. But it requires a client with the guts to do something truly remarkable and the discipline to stick to it …

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3 Steps for Tapping Into the Power of Emotion

Oil pumping rig

Oil pumping rig (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Most people agree that emotion is a powerful tool for persuasion. It helps humanize you, inspires empathy, creates common ground and breaks down the walls between you and the people you’re trying to reach …

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