3 Principles for Reclaiming Work – A Labor Day Manifesto

3 Principles for Reclaiming Work “Work more and better,” Woody Guthrie allegedly commanded himself on the eve of 1942. More compelling than pursuing balance, simpler than following a passion, more self-determined than any quest for a satisfying “career.” Here are three principles for making your work your own: Your work is your work — whether… Read more »

Stephen King’s On Writing — Oh, the Horror!

Reading Stephen King’s On Writing leaves me at turns inspired and depressed. And no, it’s not the money or the fame! I am deep in the section where he talks about writing and language. His primary metaphor, a workman’s tool box. The earlier sections of the book describe King’s working class childhood, various dead end… Read more »

The Play’s the Thing

I visited my high school for the first time in eight years, this time to see students perform the ten-minute play I submitted for the school’s one-act festival.

“Permatemping”: Worst of All Worlds

I just learned the term “permatemping.” It refers to a worker hired through a temp agency or as a contractor but who works on an indefinite basis, often onsite, often on a W2, like an employee. It sounds to me like a losing proposition for the employee. You give up the advantages of temp, consulting,… Read more »

For High-Paying Writing Gigs: Choose the Right Customer

A writing advice site I visited suggested that informational writing (writing articles) doesn’t pay. The post was a plea for writers to avoid the temptation of writing for content mills. I agree that writing 500-word blog posts for $25 is no way to make a living. However any kind of writing can pay well provided… Read more »


I’m half amused, half bitter when I hear a person in software refer to “users in the wild.” From inside the zoo, a natural habitat is the wild. If you live out there, it’s just, well, home.

You’re Always Doing What You Love

Long before I got paid for writing, I spent my time writing at work. I relished my time answering “too many” emails with unnecessarily thoughtful responses. I wrote treatises when memos would have sufficed. I followed up on meetings and conversations with tirades I should have saved for my journal. I know I’m not the… Read more »

Read the Fine Print

Sometimes being my own IT person kinda sucks. A big-box office retailer that shall remain nameless has a big sign: $50 dollars off on select [weasel word!] printers costing $199 or more when you recycle your old printer. On the bottom of the sign are logos for Brother, HP, Canon, Epson, and Lexmark. I ask… Read more »

3 Holiday Web Tips for Brick-and-Mortar Businesses

I did not travel to see family this holiday week, so I’m hanging around in my usual neighborhoods, looking for things to do and places to dine with my friends. With so many shops and restaurants closed at unusual times, businesses with long holiday hours had a great opportunity to make money picking up the… Read more »

The Cobbler’s Children Go Bare

My blog is feeling lonely, as my efforts have been diverted to ghost blogging in a very different kind of venue, feeding a big content-hungry monster. A byline would be nice, but I guess that will come!