Year: 2011

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Word of the Season: Tradition (as in: Ramos Gin Fizz)

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011 by Alicia Springer

You can’t swing a dead sprig of mistletoe these days without coming across a witty disquisition on holiday-season language (my favorite so far: see below*, but only after you’ve read mine). Never one to compete with the experts, I am taking, instead, very broad aim at a very broad term: tradition. And then, because nobody […]

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You Know When You’ve Been Tango’d

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011 by Todd Nocera

Who can forget my bullish prediction that purple would be a design trend in 2010? Well, as it happened, Pantone—the self-appointed “global authority on color”—respectfully disagreed, giving their nod to Turquoise instead. To be fair, Pantone’s picks tend to lean toward fashion, home, and cosmetics. (This year’s shade—Honeysuckle—is likely a bit too pretty-in-pink for that […]

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Gifts for an English Buff

Friday, December 16th, 2011 by Lisa Zuniga

English buffs are a breed apart from just plain readers. True lovers of language relish wordplay. They’ve alienated all but the most accomplished Scrabble players from their circle of friends. Finding a typo in a bestseller (misspelled words in newspapers constitute child’s play for these grammar goons) leaves them feeling both superior and a little […]

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Five Ways to Triple Holiday Stress

Friday, December 9th, 2011 by Keven Smith

Ah, the holidays. Family. Friends. High spirits. Wassailing. I could spend hours waxing nostalgic about snowy driveways and the clip-clop of hooves, but then I’d only be ignoring the jittery, strung-out elephant in the room: stress. Hard as it may be to believe, some folks actually find the holidays stressful. Now, it would be all […]

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Wordie Fun for the Holiday Dinner Table

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011 by Stacy Crinks

Hoping to spark some delicious conversation around the holiday dinner table? Stacy interviews Cristy Clarke, fabulous founder of TableTopics—conversation starters featured on the “Martha Stewart Show,” on “Ellen,” in O Magazine’s “Favorite Things” issue, and now, in the world-famous Content Bureau blog … Stacy: Cristy, it’s so exciting to interview THE queen of conversation! Please […]

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Painting Pictures with Words

Friday, December 2nd, 2011 by Chris Kent

I am a “word” person, as opposed to a “picture” person. I can use words to describe a beautiful thing that I have seen, but in spite of years of effort, I can’t take a decent photo that captures what I can see in my mind’s eye—and forget about sketching or painting. I am the […]

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My Mother the Pop Icon

Monday, November 28th, 2011 by Alicia Springer

My Mom is hanging in the Museum of Modern Art: the Monica Lane story from publicity glossies to Pop Art.

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Writing Inspired by Greed and Lust

Friday, November 25th, 2011 by Stacy Crinks

In the Writing We Love section of our blog, we usually devote our posts to the writing we love that is, you know, other people’s writing. So it’s a little embarrassing to admit that the writing I love right now is my very own writing—on my very own Amazon Wish List. I adore this new […]

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Giving Thanks for New Traditions

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011 by Jane Irene Kelly

Thanksgiving is a time for traditions, including new ones.

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How to Write a Great Voiceover

Friday, November 18th, 2011 by Lauren Gudath

No question about it: video and animations are hotter than ever. You can post them on your site to highlight a product or service—or use them on YouTube and other social sites to connect with customers. And with the advent of smart phones with decent video cameras, it’s never been easier to make a quick […]

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