Reflections

Winter survival: An open mind and a zipped coat

There’s beauty in every season, even winter. All it takes is an open mind, and a zipped coat, to discover it. This morning, my husband and I braved the freezing temperatures to keep our six-mile Sunday walking date. We craved fresh air and nature. Plus, we knew we'd jog a bit more to keep a… Continue reading Winter survival: An open mind and a zipped coat

Writing

What writers need to know about fair use

Some things exist that may bring you comfort. And yet, you may not really understand how to use them. Examples include the airplane seat cushion that doubles as a flotation device; the home fire extinguisher stuffed into a kitchen cabinet; and the fair use legal doctrine. In a previous post, I highlighted three copyright myths.… Continue reading What writers need to know about fair use

Book Reviews

In a Lonely Place: Pulp fiction at its finest

The psychological thriller, In a Lonely Place, is a groundbreaking book; one that you’ve probably never heard of. But thanks to efforts to resurrect the work of women mystery writers, this 1947 novel by Dorothy B. Hughes has been introduced to a new generation of readers. The setting is Los Angeles after the Second World… Continue reading In a Lonely Place: Pulp fiction at its finest

Writing

Three copyright myths debunked for bloggers and content writers

You’ve just crafted inspiring text to share online. Now, you’re hunting for an image to complement your post. The last thing you want is to be on the receiving end of a letter from a lawyer claiming you’ve violated the copyright of a photographer or designer. If you’re a blogger, writer, content creator or digital… Continue reading Three copyright myths debunked for bloggers and content writers

Travel

To make the most out of a trip to Paris, avoid these 5 mistakes

When it comes to planning a vacation, guidebooks and TripAdvisor reviews are chock-full of helpful tips. For me, one of the challenges is that I can overlook some of the finer points of the travel advice because I’ve been swept away by a tsunami of information. Having just spent several days in Paris, I’ve come… Continue reading To make the most out of a trip to Paris, avoid these 5 mistakes

Productivity, Travel

7 tech tasks for a long layover

‘Tis the season for travel. Whether you’re going to grandmother’s house or jetting off for a romantic trip to Paris, you may find yourself on a plane, train or even riding in an automobile during the holiday season. What will you do to pass the time while en route to your destination? Reading, scrolling through… Continue reading 7 tech tasks for a long layover