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Sharing what we know with our industry peers, consider presenting!

Bright ideas are attractive. Conferences, such as the 2011 STC Philadelphia Metro Chapter-sponsored Mid-Atlantic Technical Communication Conference, are designed to inform and spark new ideas. I was recently inspired to learn and contribute as a conference speaker. We all have knowledge and experiences that can inspire others. In our conversations with coworkers, friends in the … Continue reading

LaTeX for producing documents with scientific formulas, complex math equations, or special notations

LaTeX is a document preparation system for high-quality typesetting. It is most often used for medium-to-large technical or scientific documents but it can be used for almost any form of publishing. If you need to produce documents with scientific formulas, complex math equations, or any special notations, take a look at the LaTeX system. It … Continue reading

Writing skills are essential to your success: online resources

The ability to write clear, correct English is an essential skill. From the many online resources that are available, I recommend the following sites and email subscriptions. Daily writing tips and grammar blogs I enjoy my¬†email subscription to Daily Writing Tips for an easy-to-consume daily dose of grammar, spelling, punctuation, or vocabulary tips. I also … Continue reading

The Four Agreements, a fine way to live and work

The way that we live and work defines us. In his book The Four Agreements, the author Miguel Ruiz offers a code for living our life with peace and happiness. The first principle in this code of conduct is Be impeccable with your word. Words are seeds, so plant a garden of abundance and hope. … Continue reading

Technology for country folk

My dad is from Georgia, my mom hails from Lookout Mountain, Tennessee. I know, from personal experience, that the humor that is shown in graphics, is in fact possibly real to members of my own family. I don’t know the original source of these humorous images, so universal thanks and appreciation to the artist with … Continue reading

Ho’oponopono

Ho’oponopono (ho-o-pono-pono) is an ancient Hawaiian practice of reconciliation and forgiveness. Some Ho’oponopono practitioners believe that harmony can be restored with confession and apology. Life is better, we can move forward more easily, and our hearts are lighter when we forgive. I am still working on the total forgiveness practice, but I am consciously moving … Continue reading

Resume makeover and editing checklist

We all have a resume. However, do we use the same thorough editing and review techniques on our document that we use at work? After I donated resume makeover services to charities for more than 5 years, after I had countless reviews by peers and editors, I found a typographical error and a stylistic error … Continue reading