It's been three years since I posted the story of how I made the task of creating a brand statement into a fun process. I've recited the Learning Partners verses many times at networking events, but always meant to get a video version done. And finally, I've done it! Doggerel?... Read more →


I had the good fortune to have Angela Duckworth teach several segments of the Positive Psychology certificate program I took a couple of years ago. She used the research that led to her book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, as examples throughout. So I continue to follow her... Read more →


It doesn't matter whether you're writing a fantasy novel, a memoir, history for a popular audience, a nonfiction business book, or any other genre you can think of, your job will be easier – and your book will be better – if you take the time to find your throughline.... Read more →


When Yvonne showed me the Stories from the Trenches she'd collected over the years from our author friends to include in our upcoming book, The How to Write a Book Book: Your Step-by-Step Plans for Bringing BIG IDEAS to Life One Page at a Time, I decided my contribution would offer a few specific lessons derived from the HGTV stars we enjoy watching together. Here are excerpts from that chapter: Read more →


This is an update of a post I wrote way back in 2005, in our early book publishing blog, A‑ha! - Authors Helping Authors. Now that Yvonne and I are working on a new book together, called The How to Write a Book Book, I revisited the topic and found... Read more →


I gathered a lot of quotations while researching the topics covered in Read ‘Em & Reap! Many are spread throughout the book, so I thought I’d collect my favorites and share them here. A few I’ve put into images that I hope you’ll feel free to share. A couple are... Read more →


The subtitle of my book is 6 Science-Backed Ways Reading Puts You on the Road to Achieving More and Living Longer. The title of this post confirms what the judge I worked for right after law school taught me: No piece of writing is ever done; you just run out... Read more →


My thoughts on doilies and what ‘when everything old is new again’ really means. We had doilies in my house, growing up. For the uninformed, those are little round (ours were always round), crocheted furniture protectors. If you’re 40 or younger, your grandmother may have had them in her quaint... Read more →


I hate it. I hate the title of this post: The Language of Growing Old in America. It’s patently insulting to anyone over 50. It may be insulting to anyone over 40, but my memories of 40 are fond ones, so I submit that those who are 40 -50 still... Read more →


Life is a gift, we’re told. Cherish it. That’s true, to a point. We enter the world as a wailing infant, with no thought or expectation, other than, “feed me!” And, we often leave the world in a similar state, if we’ve lived long enough to suffer the benefits of... Read more →