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The Lost Art of Letter Writing

You know the good feeling when you find a handwritten note in the stack of bills and ads in the mailbox? That is reason enough for National Letter-Writing Month.

Letters have always meant a lot to me. Perhaps it was because we moved so often during my childhood – 14 schools in 12 years – and pre-Internet, it was the way to keep in touch.

Winning Isn't Everything

The Treasure Valley Orchid Society's 37th annual show and sale just wrapped up, and I'm especially proud of my first-prize Cymbidium this year.

I got it from a fellow TVOS member a few years ago, when she asked for volunteers to help her repot some plants that her father had grown in the 1940s and 50s in Southern California.

Perhaps You Need PUGS

If you’re going to hire a writer or editor, you should give some thought to exactly what you want them to do.

It might be as simple as checking PUGS – punctuation, usage, grammar and spelling – a cute and useful acronym I picked up in a recent newsletter from the Editorial Freelancers Association.

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