The Thing About Words

The Thing About Words

9-5-08 | Yesterday I bought a spare phone charger. At the register, I held out my debit card uncertainly at the card-swiping gizmo. The man behind the register saw my confusion and said, “Strip down. Facing me.” I paused, then repeated his words back to him. The woman at the next register burst out laughing.

Left-Handed Kudos

Left-Handed Kudos

July 26 | Last month, it so happened that I was scheduled for an interview on The Go-Giver on June 10, which happens to be my birthday

Joe-San

Joe-San

July 24 | This week an amazing treat landed in my mail box: the hot-off-the-press Japanese hardcover edition of The Go-Giver. (I wrote about this over on the Go-Giver blog, but figured perhaps I should post it here too.)

Fireworks and Friendship

Fireworks and Friendship

July 5 | Last night we drove down our street to park in full view of a glorious fireworks display, on the campus of the University of Massachusetts. From 8:30-ish to nearly 10, we sat surrounded by hundreds of neighbors, oohing and ahhing.

The Value of Nothing

The Value of Nothing

June 11 | Yesterday was my birthday: I celebrated by not writing anything. For a writer, spending time not writing is precious, in the same way that cleaning out your closets helps grow your wardrobe and having earthworms in your garden helps the soil bring forth plants. It’s the aeration that comes from introducing emptiness.

Deliriously Delightful History

Deliriously Delightful History

5-19-08 | I’ve never been a serious history buff. But as my home page points out, “I have a passion for great writing.” Lately I’ve been exploring historical writers, looking for tastes of “the exquisite beauty of a powerful idea expressed in expertly-chosen words.”

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