Nerd Alert! Kangaroo words

Nerd Alert! Kangaroo words

So often school made words and even word games tedious and joyless. I'm on a mission to put some of the fun back into word study. When you make your living by the word, you pay attention to cool little factoids about vocabulary. My latest fun find is "kangaroo words"...
Drop everything and do this right now

Drop everything and do this right now

I know I usually share advice on writing and marketing and words -- sometime social justice and climate change. Today, though, I'm departing to talk about what happens if you or someone you love get sick. Not a cold or seasonal allergies, but really sick. Are you...
Big idea for 2024: Hope

Big idea for 2024: Hope

This year is already starting off with a lot of trying events -- some carrying over from last year (and before that) and some emerging -- and we haven't even gotten to the primary elections yet. I try to have a focus for our work every year and this one it's hope. I'm...
That’s a wrap on 2023

That’s a wrap on 2023

We're shuttering the factory for the close of the year, returning to our posts on 3 January. Best wishes from all of us to all of y'all for a terrific end of 2023 and fantastic 2024! P.S. They call me DJ Holly Day this time of year. Check out my Spotify playlist....
Books for nature lovers and environmentalists

Books for nature lovers and environmentalists

Got a nature lover or natural sciences fan on your gift list? Here are a few titles – some old and some new – that spoke to me both as a writer and a certified interpretive naturalist. I dig them and think the recipients will, too. Buy from your local independent...