> In many ways the grandest technological revolutions are a study in humility rather than ambition. — Horace DediuRead More
I said earlier that the little details matter, and I meant it. Sure, the missing punctuation or misspelled word really does matter, but it also matters *proportionally* to other things. Also a misspelled word is nothing next to a word intended as an insult. If I write that you’re a *jurk*, which is a bigger deal: that I misspelled “jerk” or that I called you a jerk?
Fill in the blank here with whatever worse insult you care to.Read More
Writing well is hard. Professional writers have said so, and they practice more often than most of us. (I’m using “professional writers” here somewhat loosely, in the common usage of someone who makes their living *for their writing itself.*) Some I’ve heard say it never gets easier, that it’s always drudgery. Some love writing, despite it’s difficulty; others despise it yet consider it necessary to tell their stories or to make their points.Read More
The world is full of writers. Many, perhaps most, don’t call themselves writers. They call themselves real estate agents or investors or cashiers or teachers or inventors or doctors or engineers or small business owners. But if you ask them to provide a list of all the activities they complete every day—just for their “work”—almost every one of them would list “writing” high up on the list of both most important and most time-consuming tasks.Read More
On January 12, 2017, I posted a piece about the January 11th press conference in which Donald Trump called CNN “fake news.” I reread my piece this morning, and I was amazed at how current it felt as I read it. It sounds like it might have appeared in yesterday’s newspaper.Read More
There’s a song that came out back in the 1980s. Maybe some of you remember it, but most of you have probably never heard of it—or of the man who sang it. (He is still alive, so perhaps I should say “sings” it.) The title of the song is “Love Is Not a Feeling.” I grew up listening to this song, and it continues to influence me.Read More
We are beginning a series that we call *Everyday Writing.* Throughout the series we will be talking about the importance of sound research, critical analysis, and quality composition in everyday writing, including the all-important writing that we do for our own personal development, but also including personal and business communications.
We will be partnering with our friends at WriteGoods.com and RealManners.Work.Read More
It’s been fifteen months since I posted my last original poetry. It hasn’t been fifteen months since I wrote my last poem, but a lot has happened in the last fifteen months and WitGlass posts and podcasts took a backseat. This poem was one of the poems I wrote in response to our family dog’s recent death.Read More
All advancement of civilization, society, and culture depends on the consolidation of knowledge (cognition, apprehension, tuition), insight (*re*-cognition, understanding, comprehension, intuition), and skill (wisdom, application).