Category Archives: Getting started

Practice makes (nearly) perfect

Many years ago when I was a young, budding writer (or so I thought), I received quite a blow to my tender ego from the esteemed scholar and critic E.D. Hirsch Jr. I was at the University of Virginia and … Continue reading

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Black Friday, business plans and the homeless

As I write this, the stock market is going crazy, buoyed by news that this weekend’s Black Friday retail sales increased 16 percent to reach a record $52 billion. I also am writing this post somewhat groggily, having stayed up … Continue reading

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It’s the economy, stupid

For much of my career in Washington, I’ve paid close attention to economic indicators and financial markets, something I always found ironic given that I have a master’s degree in English and won an academic prize in graduate school for … Continue reading

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Birthdays, Bolles and parachutes

I recently celebrated a birthday. It wasn’t one of those milestone birthdays that ends in a zero or five, but, nonetheless, it was a reminder that the years are quickly going by and I am powerless to do anything about … Continue reading

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Caution: naming your new biz may be harder than you think

Over the last month or so, I have grappled with naming my new solo public relations practice. Trying to name any new venture can be a real challenge. It reminds me of all the names couples go through trying to … Continue reading

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Extreme career makeover

Or why “I went to the woods” This is my first post on my first personal blog, and I have to admit I’m a bit intimidated. I have written professionally for over 30 years as a reporter, editor, public relations … Continue reading

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