Jan 22
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Newly discovered sea slug: Phyllodesmium acanthorhinum (LiveScience.com)

Newly dis­cov­ered sea slug: Phyl­lodesmium acan­thorhinum (Live​Science​.com)

 

As the new year moves for­ward, I would like to share with you a piece I wrote for this month’s issue of a pub­li­ca­tion I con­tribute to each month. The Newslet­ter Newslet­ter is put out by Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Resources, Inc. and is designed to pro­vide tips and con­tent to church newslet­ter edi­tors for use in their own pub­li­ca­tions.  Read the rest of this entry »

May 20
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Way back in the begin­ning of my foray into copy­edit­ing, a writer named Bathsheba Smithen was referred to me. As we worked together on her first book, Who Cares What You Think … So What You Think?, I was tick­led to dis­cover how much we had in com­mon — despite much of her life and work tak­ing place in inner-city, poverty-challenged neigh­bor­hoods, and mine in Mid­west­ern com­mu­ni­tiess, some prac­ti­cally rural; despite the fact that she is black and I am white; despite the fact that she is in her 20s and I am in my 40s. Turns out, we have lots in com­mon! — not least, that we are both mar­ried and each have a child we have adopted as our own and a younger child we gave birth to; that we both hold Master’s degrees; that we both lean on our Chris­t­ian faith, even amid chal­lenges and doubts. Please take a cou­ple min­utes to meet Sheba for yourself:

I went on to help Sheba with more of her writ­ing: Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 1
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Wikipedia: Copy­edit­ing tool and so much more

I often use Wikipedia, the free online ency­clo­pe­dia, for my copy­edit­ing work because fact-checking is often part of copy­edit­ing projects. Though Wikipedia isn’t con­sid­ered cred­i­ble enough to be a stand-alone source of doc­u­men­ta­tion in an aca­d­e­mic paper or schol­arly work, it works great for double-checking a bit of information.

So when I saw a fundrais­ing ad on Wikipedia in Decem­ber, I opted to donate a few dol­lars. If every­one who uses Wikipedia donates a mere $3 or $5 a year, it will con­tinue to be a ready resource for us. But my point here isn’t to make a fundrais­ing plea. It’s to share what I found in my inbox today as part of a “thank you” from Wikipedia: this video. Take a look … Read the rest of this entry »

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