Killer Biography!

Do you enjoy reading biography? Then run, don’t walk, to abebooks.com and pick up a copy of Madame An Intimate Biography of Helena Rubinstein, by Patrick O’Higgins. The story is terrific, but the writing…my dears, the writing is outstanding. Out....

Compliments of CNN.com: How NOT TO use commas!

Ah, the joys of reading CNN.com. I appreciate CNN. I do. But, a lot of the time, its punctuation leaves something to be desired. Or, in the case below, its punctuation left something out. Here’s the sentence: The princess is a well-known international figure,...

A writers group that can't write

It’s not particularly funny when you arrive at the website of a so-called “association” of writers and find beaucoup mistakes. It just isn’t. Here are a couple of easy-to-spot mistakes on one group’s introductory, thanks-for-joining...

The Perils of Outsourcing Your Writing

Every community has its spelling vagaries. Here in Sarasota, we have two community “secrets” that, if you don’t know them, will immediately expose you to laughter and ridicule. The first is that Michael Saunders is a woman. There’s that old...

Never edit an editor.

Listen, when someone proclaims that he or she is an “editor” of any stripe, give that person a little credit. No matter what, we give you carefully considered writing. Let me put it another way: If you find a mistake in my writing and tell me, you are my...