The Final Check-In

Social media has changed how we communicate, but it’s also redefined the who and why. Inane 140-character bursts to swarms of strangers have replaced actual correspondence. Instead of just going somewhere, we now feel the need to check-in so everyone knows what we’re doing--whether it’s noteworthy or not. Arriving backstage at a Foo Fighters concert … Continue reading The Final Check-In

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Ask Ceil – Dinner Jeans

Dear Ceil, What should I have for dinner? Hungry in Harrisburg Dear Hungry, This is the question I ask myself every day. To be fair, if I didn't ask myself that question, I wouldn't eat dinner. And my answer is usually found in Ceil's Patented List of the Four Basic Dinner Groups (mainly because the … Continue reading Ask Ceil – Dinner Jeans

“Action conquers fear (for now)”

Since I've begun writing for this blog, many people have confessed to me that they, too, harbor a fear of writing. But how (readers will ask, time and time again) does one move past that fear? "Even though my former professor highly recommends it, I am hesitant to pursue the MFA in creative writing," one … Continue reading “Action conquers fear (for now)”

Falling in Love with Information

The other day, I found myself speaking with a total stranger about where our parents came from. It seems we both had a parent from Hungary, so I asked her, “Where in Hungary?” I saw the gears grind to a halt behind her eyes, and decided to try something. I shifted my stance alongside hers. … Continue reading Falling in Love with Information

Ask Ceil – A Failure to Communicate

Dear Ceil, I was thinking of commenting on an internet article, and then I read the other commenters. So I stopped. Should I have? Opining in Oregon Dear Opining, I see that you have observed the conundrum of unfettered free speech. Apparently, people feel free to say things. You see, they realize they'll never meet … Continue reading Ask Ceil – A Failure to Communicate

Sometimes, We All Need a Good Kick in the Pants

I remember the day I first signed up to write for Magnificent Nose. The site was relatively new at the time, so I knew I wouldn't be offered a paycheck. But what could they offer me? An editor. Oh, and a deadline. Now please, don't all sign up at once. But in all serious, I … Continue reading Sometimes, We All Need a Good Kick in the Pants

How to set up your WordPress.com website to participate in the SOPA/PIPA blackout

Edit: Since I wrote this, WordPress.com has added a setting to everyone's Dashboard that'll let us do all this automatically. For details, pleas either skip to the last section of this article, or read the official WordPress blog posting. I'll be using the official WordPress method, but people can still use this page's instructions if … Continue reading How to set up your WordPress.com website to participate in the SOPA/PIPA blackout

Facebook and Twitter don’t care that you’re boring, but your status updates have the rest of us snoring: a Tahitian lime epiphany

Lyndon Keane is in pain. Moments of profound clarity can come in the oddest ways and at the most inopportune times. Mine came after inadvertently squirting lime juice into my eye while trying to shove what was apparently too big a wedge of the fruit into a bottle of Canadian Club & Cola. As I … Continue reading Facebook and Twitter don’t care that you’re boring, but your status updates have the rest of us snoring: a Tahitian lime epiphany

Thoughts on my Fire

My wife and I both love books. Looking around our home, I can see five bookshelves without leaving my seat, and there are seven others I could see if I got up and walked a few feet. Martha ordered herself a Kindle for business travel, and she enjoys it thoroughly. She uses it on the … Continue reading Thoughts on my Fire

Criticism Equals…Success

Most of us don't handle criticism well. And yes, I'm certainly "one of us," too. In high school, I was the girl who could write. The writer. My teachers never offered an ounce of criticism, constructive or otherwise, on any of my creative writing projects. I guess they figured their job was to at least get … Continue reading Criticism Equals…Success