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Up in Smoke Dec. 02, 2019

Dear AnnieĀ®

Dear Annie: I smoked cigarettes for 18 years and tried to quit many different times. I tried all the... Read More

Walking in a Winter 'Worder'-land Nov. 20, 2019

The Word Guy

Put some words in your wassail and some punctuation in your punch this holiday season with one of th... Read More

Your Story: Part 2 Oct. 25, 2019

Positive Aging

In my last column, I addressed the benefits of writing a memoir, both for yourself and your family m... Read More

Your Story: Part I Oct. 18, 2019

Positive Aging

When I'm not working on my own writing projects - or lost within the pages of a spellbinding best-se... Read More

Academic Stupidity and Brainwashing Sep. 10, 2019

Walter E. Williams

Just when we thought colleges could not spout loonier ideas, we have a new one from American Univers... Read More

Similes Swing Open Doors of Meaning Jun. 26, 2019

The Word Guy

Well-placed similes are like well-oiled hinges, allowing readers to open doors of meaning with ease ... Read More

Are You Booked for the Summer? Jun. 12, 2019

The Word Guy

If you're bound for the beach, boardwalk or boat this summer — or just the back porch — ... Read More

Long Form, Long Form, Long Form! Is the Future of Print Journalism May. 17, 2019

Ted Rall

Journalism is in trouble. Writers of articles pointing this out typically argue that this is really ... Read More

Cover Letters That Make or Break You Jan. 31, 2019

At Work

Q: Articles say human resources departments no longer read cover letters, so why are they still expe... Read More

Why Not Write Your Life? Jan. 18, 2019

Positive Aging

POSITIVE AGING BY MARILYN MURRAY WILLISON RELEASE: FRIDAY, JAN. 18, 2019 Why Not Write Your Life? ... Read More

I'm Sort of Like My Pen Pal Jan. 09, 2019

'Tween 12 & 20

DR. WALLACE: I'm 15 and have been pen pals with a 16-year-old boy from Ontario, Canada, for the past... Read More

Do You Know Dad's Wishes? Dec. 19, 2018

Wellnews

You've been entrusted with making difficult health care decisions for older loved ones. It's a great... Read More

A Look Back at the Words of 2018 Dec. 12, 2018

The Word Guy

My goodness, what a year we had, With mayhem, storms, and fires so bad. Our language seemed to fall ... Read More

'Tis the Giving Season Nov. 28, 2018

Classic Annie's Mailbox

Dear Readers: Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you are fortunate enough to be spending the holiday with f... Read More

Good Folks Peppered With Salty Language Nov. 28, 2018

The Word Guy

Q. Why do we call virtuous people "the salt of the earth?" — John S., West Hartford, Connectic... Read More

New Books on Language Bring Holiday Cheer Nov. 21, 2018

The Word Guy

There's no place like tome for the holidays. These new books will delight the word-lovers on your sh... Read More

Subject and Verb Beg to Disagree Oct. 31, 2018

The Word Guy

Q: The lead sentence in a newspaper story stated, "A string of recent announcements promising jobs a... Read More

Language Pitches Some Learning Curves Oct. 24, 2018

The Word Guy

Some random dispatches from the Word Front: — Listen and Learn. The recent confirmation hearin... Read More

Should We Be Fraught Over 'Fraught'? Sep. 12, 2018

The Word Guy

When a political issue or policy becomes dominant and pervasive, we often develop a shorthand term f... Read More

Stand in Defense of the Truth Aug. 17, 2018

Daily Editorials

An estimated 200 newspapers across the country are devoting editorial space on Thursday to a joint a... Read More