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Oriental Rugs & Business Writing

True story: I was once written up for using college level vocabulary on the job. Yes, it was in a written performance evaluation. No, I was not writing for a living at the time; was running a line of business. You might not guess that my employer was a bank, where most workers had some college and many had MBAs. Go figure. Just one of the reasons I'm forever freelance.

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An Effective Apology

I remember when my elder son was about four or five and learning to say all the wrong things. One day he stomped into my room, ranting a string of expletives about his brother. He stopped mid rant, clapped his hand to his mouth, looked me in the eye and said "I'm sorry, Mom, my mouth was on fire."

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Social Media Regulations for the Financial Industry (finally)

Last week FINRA issued Regulatory Notice 10-06 to finally address how those it regulates can participate in social media. Anyone regulated by FINRA already knows this, and I've got nothing new to say about the notice.

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The Triumph of Snail Mail?

 

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PIMCO’s Ring of Fire


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January Book Lust

This month we have a fiction entry in Book Lust by writer Barrie Abalard, who reviews the latest book in the series that inspired the Golden Globe winning "Dexter" TV series.

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Where’s the News in Your Newsletter?

My inbox is clogged with so-called newsletters from people who must have made a resolution to "communicate more" or "do more marketing" in 2010.

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Repaying the Debt with Alchemy/Science

John Hodgman has quite a gig going with his "You're Welcome" series on The Daily Show. This one's terrific -- our debt ceiling is now a "debt convertible."

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Sharing Deep, Sharing Wide


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December Book Lust

On a sad reading note, I opened this month's "Fortune Small Business" to learn it was the last.  RIP to a great publication I've been reading on dead trees for years. Maybe earlier adaptation of e-readers would have saved it. On that e-reader note, which do you prefer, Nook or Kindle? With my birthday coming up in January I'll graciously accept either -- and you don't even have to wrap it. Making it easy for you, dear readers!

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