Authors, Developing Words – Mary Oliver

[Editor’s note: This post is part of a continuing series on how writers craft words to express their ideas and to connect with readers.] “I had a very dysfunctional family, and a very hard childhood,” poet Mary Oliver told O: The Oprah Magazine in 2011. “So I made a world out of words. And it … Continue reading “Authors, Developing Words – Mary Oliver”


Real-Time Language Change

We spent a good part of last year looking at how writing — and therefore reading — changed since its inception thousands of years ago till the present day (for links to all those blogs, click here). What’s interesting now, is there is at least one language that is changing in real-time, the language of Laos. The … Continue reading “Real-Time Language Change”


Study Skills Part 4 – Taking Notes

Note taking, whether in school or in a job meeting, is a crucial skill. It not only forces you to think about what is being said, but it also serves as material you can review when you want to revisit key topics or details. For the purposes of this blog, we’ll discuss taking notes as … Continue reading “Study Skills Part 4 – Taking Notes”


Authors, Developing Words – Chris Ward, Part 2

[Editor’s note: This post is part of a continuing series on how writers craft words to express their ideas and to connect with readers. The interview with Mr. Ward was conducted by Miriam Ruff on June 27, 2019, and is divided in two parts. You can read Part 1 here. It has been lightly edited … Continue reading “Authors, Developing Words – Chris Ward, Part 2”


Authors, Developing Words – Elmore Leonard

[Editor’s note: This post is part of a continuing series on how writers craft words to express their ideas and to connect with readers.] In a 2011 interview with Justified producer Graham Yost, Elmore Leonard said, “The way I write is always from the character’s point of view. I make up my characters as I … Continue reading “Authors, Developing Words – Elmore Leonard”


Authors, Developing Words – Rhett Bruno, Part 1

[Editor’s note: This post is part of a continuing series on how writers craft words to express their ideas and to connect with readers. The interview with Mr. Bruno was conducted by Miriam Ruff on June 6, 2019, and is divided in two parts. It has been lightly edited for length and clarity.] MR: Welcome to … Continue reading “Authors, Developing Words – Rhett Bruno, Part 1”


The History of Writing and Reading – Wrap-up

For the past 28 posts, we have discussed the rise of writing – and therefore reading – around the world, looking at the major developments and forces that shaped the written languages we use today. We hope that you have enjoyed the series, and we are very interested in hearing your thoughts about the information … Continue reading “The History of Writing and Reading – Wrap-up”


The History of Writing and Reading – Part 27: The Future of Writing (part 2 of 2)

[Editor’s note: This is the twenty-eighth of an ongoing series that examines the rise of writing – and therefore reading – around the world. We will be looking at the major developments and forces that shaped the written languages we use today. Links to all the previous posts are listed at the end of this … Continue reading “The History of Writing and Reading – Part 27: The Future of Writing (part 2 of 2)”


The History of Writing and Reading – Part 26: The Future of Writing (Part 1 of 2)

[Editor’s note: This is the twenty-seventh of an ongoing series that examines the rise of writing – and therefore reading – around the world. We will be looking at the major developments and forces that shaped the written languages we use today. Links to all the previous posts are listed at the end of this … Continue reading “The History of Writing and Reading – Part 26: The Future of Writing (Part 1 of 2)”


The History of Writing and Reading – Part 25: Featural Scripts (part 3 of 3)

[Editor’s note: This is the twenty-sixth of an ongoing series that examines the rise of writing – and therefore reading – around the world. We will be looking at the major developments and forces that shaped the written languages we use today. Links to all the previous posts are listed at the end of this … Continue reading “The History of Writing and Reading – Part 25: Featural Scripts (part 3 of 3)”