Grand Tour 2: All things Lincoln

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Grand Tour

The second day of our Grand Tour, Monday, April 30, 2018, covered only 100 km from Bloomington to Springfield Illinois. The day was really about all things Lincoln. The route here is simple enough. The old road runs parallel to the Interstate, going through towns rather than around them. Actually, at some point in its… Read More »

Grand Tour 1: Chicago to Bloomington

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Grand Tour

This is the beginning of the diary of the Grand Tour that my wife, Anna, and I took in the spring of 2018. The tour consisted of doing the whole of Route 66, then following the Pacific Coast Highway north as far as the Columbia Gorge before heading back east through Yellowstone and the Badlands.… Read More »

A sea change

This blog will be undergoing a sea change. For those not familiar with the term: Full fathom five thy father lies;Of his bones are coral made;Those are pearls that were his eyes;Nothing of him that doth fade,But doth suffer a sea-changeInto something rich and strange.  Shakespeare, The Tempest The rich and strange part may be… Read More »

The very silly war on “very”

This graphic keeps popping up on writer’s lists and sites, generally to universal applause: This is very silly, but apparently it is not clear to many why it is silly, so I’m going to put my pedant’s hat on and dissect it.

Turning a page

I am turning a page. An elderly metaphor, but still apt for a writer. My kids are grown. My mortgage is paid. My savings are adequate. I only need do the work I most want to do. I have said the things that I truly thought it important to say about technical communication and content… Read More »