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Editing Harper Lee

By now, anyone who pays any attention to the world of words knows that Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, is releasing a new book. The stature of To Kill a Mockingbird, which was published in 1960, can surely be measured by the number of news outlets around the world that breathlessly announced […]

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Ode to the Squiggly Red Line

I’ve been proofreading on paper this week, and I’ve missed my squiggly red line. You know the one: the thin red line that pops up on the computer screen when Microsoft Word thinks it has detected a misspelling. I’m a good speller—and a good editor—so I can spot most misspelled words with or without Word’s assistance. But without […]

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The Words Behind Selma

I went to see the movie “Selma” tonight, and I loved it. The movie is a powerful portrayal of events so recent that they were never included in my history schoolbooks but so distant that I can scarcely believe they happened in my country in my lifetime. The movie, which was directed by Ava DuVernay, […]

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Voice of a Writer

As an editor, I pay a lot of attention to a writer’s voice. Any corrections I make or any revisions I suggest need to fit seamlessly into a piece so that they sound just like the author originally wrote it that way. I just finished reading a book that took the concept of voice to a […]

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Lowering the New Year’s Pressure

New Year’s Day has never been one of my favorite holidays. Too much pressure involved—beginning the night before, when I’m supposed to find a way to ring in the year in style. Then there’s the issue of making resolutions that are somehow going to help me create a healthier, happier, more productive life. And the […]

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Another Small Business Chat

For the past couple of years, I’ve been pleased to claim a spot on Liz Broomfield’s Small Business Chat on her LibroEditing website. My latest installment appeared Saturday on the site of Liz Dexter, who hasn’t let a spring wedding get in the way of her efforts to promote small business owners. It’s been very helpful […]

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Friends, Family, and Future

I just returned from a week-long Texas college exploration trip with my soon-to-be 17,  soon-to-be high-school-senior son. Covering more than 950 miles on the ground in six days, we toured three Christian universities; savored Tex-Mex, Texas-sized burgers, Texas barbecue, and Texas-style chicken fried steak; delighted in an early-morning, window-rattling thunderstorm; and enjoyed the gracious hospitality […]

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Blessings from Burgers

I had two goals in mind when I set up Burgers for Bill as a part of the Alzheimer’s Association’s The Longest Day Campaign: (1) to raise some money to battle this brutal disease; and (2) to give friends and family a chance to remember and honor my father. And I’m happy to say that I […]

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Eat a Burger, Fight Alzheimer’s

Father’s Day hasn’t been an easy day for me since my father started slipping down the rabbit hole of Alzheimer’s disease. It’s not that I don’t want to celebrate my father and all the ways he worked for me and loved me; it’s just that it’s difficult to know how. I live 1,500 miles away, […]

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Finding Help in a Festival of Choices

In 1996, my husband and I took our four-year-old son to the first-ever Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. The main draw for us was a chance for our son to get to meet some of the characters from his favorite PBS shows—none of us remember now which ones. The event, which the Times says […]

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