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“I Have a Dream”

Posted in For Attribution, Power of the Pen

Ode to Joy (Again)

It’s hard to believe it was less than a year ago that we posted a 60 Minutes piece called “Joy in the Congo”–produced by our friend Clem Taylor, who died last spring. In a rebroadcast of the Peabody Award-winning story,

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Giving It All (A New Year’s Resolution)

Asked recently to share a favorite piece of advice about writing, this was my pick, from Annie Dillard: One of the few things I know about writing is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right

Posted in For Attribution, The Literary File, Writing About Writing

Ah, Deadlines…

To achieve great things, two things are needed: A plan. And not quite enough time. -Leonard Bernstein

Posted in For Attribution, Performing Arts

Still Here – Stritch Sings Sondheim

In memory of the great stage star Elaine Stritch. “I’m Still Here” written by Stephen Sondheim.

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Clem Taylor’s Ode to Joy

“Beauty has a way of turning up in places where you’d least expect it.” Our friend Clem Taylor, who died last month, won the Peabody Award for this story he produced for 60 Minutes.  “Joy in the Congo”  originally aired on

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One Book and One Pen

“One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world.” –Malala Yousafzai Hear the remarkable 16-year-old Pakistani woman–shot in the head by the Taliban for speaking out in favor of education for girls–addressing the U.N. Watch it

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An Apostrophe Catastrophe

Mother’s Day. Patriots’ Day. Veterans Day. I’ve had to use all three in recent writings and spent more than a few minutes trying to figure out where–and whether–to use the apostrophe. So I found this piece in The Wall Street Journal especially

Posted in For Attribution, Writing About Writing

For Attribution: Mother’s Day

“She brought you forth out of the cloud of genetics and fed and clothed you and taught you to wipe yourself and say Please and Thank you and never expected you to pay her back, only that you behave appropriately

Posted in For Attribution, The Literary File

For Attribution: An Injured War Photographer’s Words to Boston Bombing Victims

There are two kinds of reporters in television news.  The ones who make themselves the boring, cookie-cutter center of every story.  And the ones who know how to step aside and use quotes, sound, images–plus a few choice words of

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