All posts filed under: Blogging

The Retribution of the Writing Rules

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Blogging

It seems I’ve gotten myself into a quandary. And I should have known better, considering my resumé. Education: BA in English; MA in English. Work experience: 33 years as an English teacher, otherwise known as enforcer of the writing rules; 24 years as a feature writer and proofreader at a newspaper, where an editor handed me a copy of the Associated Press Stylebook and said, in his best Moses impersonation, consider this your bible.   […]

Two New Bloggers in the Neighborhood

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Blogging / Neighbors

Two of my neighbors and good friends have taken up blogging recently. Both started their blogs to share information on subjects they are passionate about. I’d like to introduce each of them and give you previews of their sites. First, we have Barb, who created Crawford/Comfort Family Letters to share information from her genealogical research. She is posting correspondence between Hiram and Nancy Crawford and their eight children, as well as other family members and […]

A New Look for Home Sweet Abbey

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Blogging

As promised in the previous post, I’m experimenting with the appearance of my blog. I used words like tweaking and subtle. Yet here I am with a new look that honestly is more a redesign than a modification. Blame it on the Word Press folks. They gave me hundreds of themes to choose from, making it challenging to narrow down my options. I hope you’ll like it as much as (I think) I do. What’s […]

Fantastic Phoenix

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Blogging

To say I had fun during my weekend trip to Phoenix would be be an understatement. I mean, the WordPress conference I attended WAS fun. But it was so much more. The adventure began with a flight from O’Hare, three-plus hours in the air that gifted me with two additional hours of sunlight and 35 more degrees of warmth. My weekend was filled with light and warmth and laughter and learning. What could be better? […]

My Writing Space

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Blogging

Where do you get your ideas? Everyone who writes must hear this question from time to time. I know, I do. It’s a hard one to answer. When I tell the truth — I get ideas everywhere— the person seems dissatisfied with its vagueness. But I can’t do better. I go through my life, and ideas just come. Or I should say, they usually do. They don’t always appear as often as I would like. […]

Beyond the Writing

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Blogging / Pictures

When I began writing Home Sweet Abbey a year ago, I had a lot to learn about blogging. A half-day workshop I had taken a few months earlier had hit the high points. But there was so much left to learn that I kept studying to try to improve my craft. And I’m still doing that. One of the first things I learned is that a well-written article is not necessarily enough to attract readers. […]

A Year Flies By…

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Blogging / Mostly Musings

A year ago tomorrow, on February 9, 2013, I took a deep breath, and another, crossed my fingers and toes, and then clicked on the Publish button that launched this blog. Home Sweet Abbey went live with my first post, My Journey Home, and a short About the Author article. I had drafts of two more posts ready to go and a list of perhaps 7 or 8 ideas to draw on beyond that. I […]

Hi, Ollie!

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Blogging

I’m glad to see that you made it safely to Israel. Hope you’re having a good time. I miss you and Oliver, but everything is fine here. Excuse the personal note above. No, I’m not replying to an email or a phone call. I haven’t had any direct communication with my next-door neighbor since she left for Israel on Sunday. So how do I know she arrived safely? Ah! That’s the beauty of Word Press, […]