Want to speak more clearly? Avoid these 8 overused words

I love words. I love how there are subtle differences in their meaning. I love how minute changes in the number of syllables or the tone of a word can alter the effect of a sentence. I love how a particularly “expensive” word, used correctly, can impart education and bookishness. Conversely, many overused words have…

Why I’ve taken to writing letters

I’ve committed myself to reviving a dying art form – the art of the longhand, written letter. I sent out a plea for addresses on social media, and I’ve gotten some good response, from a good mix of folks (entirely people I knew in high school) and I’m sending out my first letters today. I’m…