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Anne Frank: Let her R.I.P.

Anne Frank

Today the Washington Post ran another story about the Anne Frank family. This one was the 'news' that her father, like thousands of other Jews, was refused entry into the US. I understand why the Anne Frank story frequently reappears in the headlines even today, but isn't it time we let her rest in peace?

Midterms: It's All Over but the Shouting (and There's Plenty of That)

presidential press conference

President Obama takes the blame for the Dems big losses last Tuesday. In an interview on Face the Nation last Sunday he said, “We have not been successful in going out there and letting people know what it is that we’re trying to do and why this is the right direction,” he said Sunday.”

Vote! But Before You Vote—

If you believe everything you read, you most likely believe that somewhere there is a Middle Earth, a Hogwarts, and a 100 Acre Woods where a bear is best friends with a pig. “What?” you say, that’s all fiction. Well, much of what we read comes from the imagination of the writer, no matter where we read it.

Mañana: 14 Years of Beautiful Tomorrows

I once went to a party with a friend. The snow had just started falling and it was the first time I had ever driven in snow. The party was at a house rented by several young men. One of them owned a female dog that was half Golden Lab and half German Shepherd. Another had a male dog that was half Doberman and half Greyhound. The two dogs got together and ended up with a family of 7 puppies. The boys managed to find a home for 6 of them, but there was one left over.

Pricing Freelance

Many questions plague new freelance writers. One of the most confusing is how to price your freelance content services. Pricing freelance writing varies from pricing by the word to the hour, the page, or the project.

All Cleaned Up

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"I feel like I work on my corner; somebody else works on theirs and eventually we'll get it all cleaned up." unknown

A while back I saw the quote above. It exactly fits my philosophy and while I couldn’t source it, I am grateful to whoever said it first.

I believe that environmental awareness starts at home. While our changing environment is a worldwide problem, most folks can do little to solve it on a global scale. Yet, if we break up the environment into smaller chunks, we can do something to change our personal environments: the quality of life in our homes and our cities. We can each take small steps that will result in an improvement. For instance, clean water.

Who Owns the Copyright

who owns the copyright

One of the questions new freelancers often ask is, "Who owns the copyright when the work is done?" Keeping in mind that I am not a lawyer, here is my view on copyright ownership and transfers. With a few exceptions, any intellectual property that can be put into a tangible form is copyrighted from the time of completion by its author or creator whether or not it contains a copyright notice.

Kick the Cans

kick the can

How many times have you seen phrases like "we can offer you", "we will develop" or "we have created" on a web site?
Verbs like can, will, and have take your web copy out of the present and either put it in the future or the past. Using future tense and past-tense phrases is one of the biggest mistakes copywriters make in writing web copy.

The Title Tag: What Is It?

The name "title tag" is really a misnomer. There is no such thing. Title is used in two different areas of html. One is the title element and the other is the the title attribute.

Winona

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Maybe it's because of the beauty of this area but the people here are among the friendliest, most good-natured, and warm-hearted that I have met anywhere.