Category Archives: Effective Writing

Lost In Translation

(Listen to this post, here.) It’s been ten years since I last checked voicemail.  Is it because I don’t care what you have to say?  No. It’s because I use a cool service called YouMail which, among other things, sends me a text alert with a full transcription of every voice message I receive.  It’s not one hundred percent accurate and its refusal to transcribe obscenities means that most messages left by my brother Al are nearly impossible to follow. But it’s […] Click to read more…

 

Bear Necessities

(Listen to this post, here.) You know me, I don’t like to brag.  But there are some things you just can’t keep to yourself.  It all started last Friday, when my wife, Linda, called to let me know there was water coming into our basement.  The weather had been very cold for several days and then, suddenly, it switched to very warm. Plus, it was raining hard.  With the ground still frozen solid, the water was pooling around the house. Some […] Click to read more…

 

The Friendship Illusion

(Listen to this post, here.) I was down on Long Island last weekend, attending my 40th high school reunion. It was, as you might expect, fascinating. Some people were a lot heavier. Some people had hardly changed at all. Others had gone almost completely bald, giving them the appearance of an extinct, prehistoric bird (hey man, no need to get personal). And, as you might further expect, there was a lot of catching up to do. Given that I hadn’t seen most […] Click to read more…

 

Information Underload

(Listen to this post, here.) I turned the corner onto a quiet side street near my office. I was walking; he was driving a mail truck. As he came past me with the sliding door open, we nodded to each other in that not unfriendly, but not particularly inviting way that men here in New England are famous for. Something about him was definitely familiar. Before I could figure out what it was, I heard the truck stop behind me and […] Click to read more…

 

What Are You Banking On?

(Listen to this post, here.) I got an email from my bank yesterday morning. I don’t want to mention their name specifically, other than to say that it kind of rhymes with Bank of America. Here is the complete text of the email: Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your everyday. As the new year begins, we’d like to thank you for being a Bank of America® client and reinforce our commitment to connecting you to […] Click to read more…