What Is Technical Writing?

This is an excerpt from my book How to Get Started As a Technical Writer, written for people with little or no technical writing experience. I believe that R...

Marcus Aurelius, in 10 Sentences

Marcus Aurelius, 2000 years ago: 1. Ignore what others are doing. 2. Your Reality is made by your opinion. 3. Do less. 4. Death is knocking at your door. 5. You...

The Source of Water

Did you know vodka in Russian means “little water”? The origins of the modern words for “water” in the western world are ancient. There ...

Book Notes: The Good House Book

By Clarke Snell. 240 pages. NOTE: Whenever I read a nonfiction book, I like to summarize the ‘meat’ of it, the parts that really had value to me (I ...

The Line Between Good and Evil

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn died in 2008. Solzhenitsyn has became lost to popular memory, but he was once quite famous, specifically for writing about his experience...

Deep Economy

NOTE: This is a revised version of an article that first appeared in the July 2007 issue of Planning Magazine. Bill McKibben’s book, Deep Economy: The Wealth of...

High Tech Wreck

Note: This article first appeared in May 2004. “I didn’t expect it to be this way,” said Mark Harper, fiddling with the lid of his cup as he sat at a coffee sho...