Category Archives: Writing

Education and Learning

Academie des Sciences c1671 (photo credit Wikipedia)

Academie des Sciences c1671 (photo credit Wikipedia)

There is a great deal in life to learn, to be taught.


“Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing worth knowing can be taught.”

~ Oscar Wilde, “The Critic as Artist”


Education can introduce us to previously unknown topics, and willingness to learn will be the key to gaining knowledge.


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Formal Writing Habits

A friend called the other day to offer a suggestion for a blog post.  (I love it when they do.)  And we ended up in a bit of a debate.  Well, half of one anyway since we agreed that there is still a place for formal writing styles.  But disagreed whether the upcoming generations will consider this to be a truth.  Millennials now in the workplace, and those upcoming generations still in school. 


Cursive writing seems to be a dying art, saved now for posh invitations.  I’m ok with that, a lot of people say that they can’t read my writing anyway.  So too will it be for formal letter templates?  The salutation, indentation of a new paragraph – or my preferred extra carriage space – full sentences, grammar and punctuation?  (Do these younger people who’ve only known typing on a computer even know what I mean by carriage space?)

public domain image

public domain image


I am betting on the continuation of business letter formatting.  It is not a just because sort of thing, there is logic behind these rules.  Formal address is respectful and the format helps the eyes and the mind absorb the message where big blocks of unpunctuated text make the eyes and brain balk.


Everything old is new again – this has been rediscovered over and over as humans have evolved on this planet.  Formal styling in writing will see a resurgence.  The content of a message must be packaged carefully, in order to retain its meaning. 


Your turn – what say you?  Don’t let your younger self that struggled with all the little rules speak here; think about reading comprehension, eye strain, possibility of misunderstanding.  (Hey, if we could maintain this strict formatting using a typewriter doing it on computers is a breeze…  My friend isn’t here to push her side of the debate…)


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Success Over Failure

Success and failure could be seen as two ends of the same continuum.


“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.”

~ Bill Cosby


Of course, you need to make certain that you know what your success is supposed to look like.


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Making Things Happen

We all start out with dreams of our adult lives.


“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours.”

~ Henry David Thoreau


We need to remember that advancing in the direction of our dreams looks very different at various stages of our lives, but we shouldn’t stop advancing.


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Think Just the Right Amount

This one can be a difficult balance.


“You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the water slide, overthinking it.  You have to go down the chute.”

~ Tina Fey


Practice helps us all to know the difference between thinking the right amount and overthinking.


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Experience, Our Life-long Teacher

We can hope that we get fairly balanced between benefit and cost as we proceed through life and gain experiences.


“If we could sell our experiences for what they cost us we’d be millionaires.”

~ Abigail van Buren


Perhaps as writers we get more benefit from our experiences, good or bad.


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Give Yourself Some Credit

You certainly don’t progress through life all by yourself, but neither should you ignore what you have done to help yourself.


“I’ve always been in the right place and time.  Of course, I steered myself there.”

~ Bob Hope


I don’t think I can claim truth to the first part of this quote for myself, and sometimes I redirected myself to the right place instead of steering but give this one some thought and get yourself in the driver’s seat.


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Time and Change and Writing

Time gives us space, which is very helpful for perspective to be effective in writing about something, but time alone won’t change most things.


“They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”

~ Andy Warhol


Time moves forward, bringing us along with it.  We decide how to use change to shape our lives the way that we want.


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Learning How and When to Revise

One of the benefits of experience as a writer is the ability to improve upon our revision skills.


“It’s never too late – in fiction or in life – to revise.”

~ Nancy Thayer


Small corrections or large ones might be tedious, but can create greater material.


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The Value of Creative Thinking

Logical, analytical thinking seems to be greatly prized these days, and rightly so, but this should not diminish the importance of creative minds.


“Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training.”

~ Anna Freud


Intuitive leaps can be made over all sorts of pitfalls, overcoming many shortcomings.


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