In less than one week another of those often pressure-packed, gift giving days arrives: February 14th, AKA Valentine’s Day.
I can recall as a child in elementary school filling out sweet and simple cards to be given to classmates. Starting even at such a young age, the message sinks in: this is a day to try to treat at least one other person in a special way. Of course, as one gets older, effort and expense become more integral parts of the equation. Read the rest of this entry »
Recently I received negative feedback from a close relative concerning my alleged tendency to use elaborate, perhaps obscure, words where simpler words would do.
I was taken aback: I have long felt the richness of the English language is greatly underutilized. Indeed, many writers, such as detective story master Ellery Queen, have often dropped in uncommon diction. I have deemed this as opportunity to expand my vocabulary. Read the rest of this entry »
I’ve written quite a wide number of blogs.
I’ve also recently finished the last draft of my first book. (I did craft a full length screenplay years ago. Perhaps deservedly, it’s sitting in a file drawer; a worthy effort, but some re-work from exhibiting film-worthy credentials.)
While it is probably obvious that there are meaningful differences in the approach and execution of the short, to-the-point, blog versus the wide, hopefully well-structured arc, of the full-length story, these are not all necessarily obvious. Read the rest of this entry »
I have finally finished the last draft chronicling my career in the financial services industry. I have committed to this being the final revision: sooner or later you have to pronounce it so. (Unless it were to become a screenplay, which would mean no end to potential changes.) In addition to the months needed to sort through my files and records, it only took me almost five years to complete this project. Read the rest of this entry »
A mini presentation that the vast majority of us likely have to make at one time or another is the Toast.
Whether it’s at a family gathering, or at a send-off for a friend or co-worker, this mini-speech is one where we want to make the best impression possible: on the person or group being saluted with the Toast, and on attendees who depend on us to elevate the occasion with our words and gusto. Read the rest of this entry »
Anyone able to reflect on this, based on years of personal experience or through research, knows that one of the biggest evolutions since the latter half of the twentieth century has been the speed of communications. Technology has become an indelible, intrusive catalyst of delivery; combined with more recent omnipresence of the internet and social media, has meant being part of a revolution in daily life around the world. Read the rest of this entry »