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A quick way to remember the difference

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It’s common for people to say podium when they mean lectern, but for some reason, the mistake rarely goes the other way.

A podium is a raised platform. A lectern is a reading desk with a slanted top, often mounted on a stand or placed on a table.

Here’s a quick way to remember the difference:

A podium is something you stand on. The prefix “pod” comes from the Greek for foot. Think of a podiatrist (foot doctor) or tripod (a three-legged stand).

You give lectures from a lectern.


Here’s what I published this week and a few stories by others that I enjoyed

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After the response I got to My Book About Donald J. Trump, I decided to create the “My Book About” series. Here’s the second title:

Do you have a funny way of saying something you did wasn’t worth your time?

Don’t send me emails that show only your first name as the sender.

My first Medium article:

Use your cell phone as a security tool to help protect kids and seniors:

I love Amy Shearn’s tip:

Some good writing advice from Noah Nelson:

Thanks for reading! Here’s a little more about me:


If you want me to open your emails, be sure I can tell who sent them.

Lately it seems that the number of people using only a first name as the sender on marketing emails is increasing.

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I know a lot of people named Anne. All of the ones I know personally capitalize their first name, but that’s a different issue.

I’m on a lot of lists, I’m active in multiple organizations, and I know a lot of people. I get hundreds of emails a day. …


History

Grab a cup of Joe and write your book about Joe

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There’s a new President in the White House. Whether you voted for Joe Biden, you probably have an opinion about his presidency.

Record your thoughts in My Book About Joe Biden. Be a part of history!

Joe Biden was elected the 46th President in 2020. When he was sworn in on January 20, 2021, he became the oldest President in American history.

Biden brings over four decades of political experience to the White House. He represented Delaware in the U.S. Senate for 36 years before becoming Vice President of the United States under Barack Obama. …


What do you say when something wasn’t worth your time and effort? When the activity you prepared for turned out to be totally unproductive or worse?

Years ago, at our monthly networking dinner, a writer friend of mine shared a story of a meeting with a prospective client that was a disaster from start to finish. She ended with, “And I shaved my legs for that!”

More recently, I’ve been in Zoom meetings that I thought were going to be productive but weren’t. My thought: “And I blew my hair dry for that!”

What do you say when you did…


Here’s what I published this week and a few stories by others that I enjoyed

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After we shot an unboxing video featuring this parabolic quick softbox, we posted a review of it:

A short-form article on how I handle being around people who have different approaches to wearing masks and touching as the pandemic drags on:

Don’t minimize the gift of praying for others:

A guest blog I wrote for Live Write Thrive:

Tim Maudlin wrote an article we should all take to heart:

George Chambers shared his observations on Merrick Garland’s confirmation hearing:

Julie Ranson explains why prayer should be a daily habit:

Thanks for reading! Here’s a little more about me:


There’s a lot to consider before making a decision

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The most important issue for most authors is cost. Publishing done right can be expensive. When you self-publish or use a pay-to-publish company, you can spend easily spend thousands of dollars to get your book on the market. If you’re using the right resources, that’s a smart investment to get a quality product. But you have to decide how much you’re willing and able to spend to publish your book.

The other side of cost is revenue. As the author and publisher, you get all of your book’s profits. If your book sells well, that will be more money in…


Pray with passion, pray with enthusiasm, pray without ceasing

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Pray with passion, pray with enthusiasm, pray without ceasing.

So often I hear people who know people in need and they’d like to help, but for whatever reason they can’t. Maybe the person is in another city across the country, wherever, and you can’t take a meal or visit or take them somewhere. Sometimes even with local people, you can’t do what you’d like to do. Sometimes the need is financial and you don’t have the resources to contribute.

So often that’s when people say, “I’m…


Product Review: Glow EZ Lock Deep Parabolic Quick Softbox (38″)

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Recently we purchased a Glow EZ Lock Deep Parabolic Quick Softbox (38″) and my husband, the photographer, loves it. Here’s the review he shared:

I purchased this softbox from Adorama.com because I was looking for a speedlight modifier that focuses most of the light onto the subject and has very little light spill onto the background or the surrounding area. I was attracted to this softbox, in particular, because of the price. It sells for less than half the price of similar products made by some of the more familiar names.

Of course, the adage “you get what you pay…


How do you handle masks and touching a year into the pandemic? Here’s my approach:

When people are coming into my space (my home, my car, and close physical proximity), I tell them in advance what my policies are for mask-wearing, hugging, touching, and contact with surfaces. If they don’t want to comply, fine. I either ask them to leave or, if it’s a public place, I move away.

When I’m going into their space, I ask ahead of time. What do you want your guests to do regarding masks and social distancing? If I’m comfortable with their preferences, I…

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