About the Mar-a-Lago documents: why so much paper?

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I admit it, I’m having a weird moment right now regarding classified documents. Including the ones that former president Trump stored in an insecure location in his Mar-a-Lago resort. I work on documents for a living. I write them, edit them, post them, promote them. Some of what I work on ends up in printed … Continued

In praise of Twitter’s edit button

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After years of requests, Twitter is finally testing a button to edit tweets. Assuming they don’t take it back again — which is certainly possible — the edit button will allow millions of us who use Twitter to post and react to fix our typos. And to the folks who’ve got their panties in a … Continued

Was ranked-choice voting in Alaska unfair to Republicans?

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A recent election for a House seat for the state of Alaska was a good test case for ranked-choice voting. Republicans got more first-place votes, but a Democrat won. Was that fair, or was it a travesty? What happened in the Alaska special election for US House Alaska has only a single U.S. House seat. … Continued

Why does the DOJ use so much passive voice in its Mar-a-Lago filing?

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The U.S. Department of Justice filed a response to a recent Donald Trump request regarding the raid of Mar-a-Lago. Its filing is full of passive voice, a means of expression I’ve continually railed against. Why is it passive, and should the DOJ be writing in the active voice instead? Here’s a passage from the DOJ’s … Continued

How older writers stay sharp

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I’ve been writing professionally for 40 years. You can’t write the same way in your sixties as you did in your twenties. But you can take steps to maintain that the quality of what you write and the enjoyment you get from doing it. In this post, I’ll break down the elements of the writing … Continued

How we talk about dying

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People die. They don’t pass away. Here’s why I’m done with that euphemism. I had little opinion on this when I was younger. I was fortunate — other than grandparents who died when I was young, I’d not really experienced losses of people close to me. Since then I’ve had the chance to grieve people … Continued