First Language(s)

As part of my $dayJob, I consider how the words I write will translate into other languages in which we publish and post our content. I’ve got tools in my toolbox for writing for a global audience, and how to help folks reading something that is not their first language. My first language is English. […]

Thursday Throwdown: September 8, 2022

There was a bit of fluff that floated by on one of my social media feeds a while ago: You get a million dollars to sing a song, but you have to sing EVERY word correctly, by memory. And my tired mind was thinking about how many millions I could make by just scrolling through […]

Grati-Tuesday: September 6, 2022

September means tomatoes in my part of the world. I’ve slowed waaaay down from the peak of my homesteading effort. Back then, no fruit or vegetable was safe from me trying to find a way to boil it into a jar for later. I still do strawberry jam when we don’t have any (but we […]

Thursday Throwdown: September 1, 2022

Helllloooooo, September! September is my favourite month. The weather is friendly in that glorious place between too hot and too cold (whatever too cold even means. Sounds mythical to me.) September acts as a friendlier New Year than the shouty New Year in January. But really, more things start anew in September – school, arts […]

Grati-Tuesday August 30, 2022

One of my favourite movies is How to make an American Quilt. In it, a young woman (Finn) heads to her grandmother/great aunt’s house to finish her thesis after her boyfriend proposes. She watches her grandmother and aunt’s circle of friends/quilting bee preparing a quilt with the theme of Where Love Grows. The movie tells […]

A or B or A or C or B or A

Eleventy thousand months ago, in the spring of 2020, I should have gone to the eye doctor. Earlier, probably, based on the cheerful emails I got from the eye doctor’s communications team reminding me about good eye health and using my benefits before the end of the (2019) year. But I didn’t, and then I […]

Thursday Throwdown: August 18, 2022

Ragweed is thick in the air right now, which means summer is nearly over. I don’t love the hot, hot, heat, so that doesn’t break my heart – I’m looking forward to the cold-cheeked days of fall and winter. But, there’s something undeniable about what the sun does for you. I’m kind of stuck inside […]

Thursday Throwdown: August 4, 2022

It’s Guilty Pleasure time, friends. I know, I know. Usually when this happens I’ve got some terrible (if by terrible you mean AMAZING) mix with, like Pia Zadora and Boney M and ABBA and Olivia Newton-John (Look away if you must, but there will NEVER be a time when I’m not obligated to share (clapclapclap) […]

GratiTuesday – August 2, 2022

Two weeks ago, I was at my Dayjob user conference in Boston. In the days before that, I was madly making lists of things I needed to take with me, consulting presentations and lists provided by People Who Know about these things. We were getting staff shirts, which certainly make us recognizable to folks attending […]