Houndie

Houndie

This is not about editing. It’s about my dog. Dolly is 12, and she and I have been together for 10 of those years. I was really ready for a dog in the spring of  ’03. I’d been divorced a couple of years, and I’d bought a new little place in the city. My job […]

It’s ‘underway,’ and it’s no big deal

It’s ‘underway,’ and it’s no big deal

AP caused a minor flap last week by declaring “underway” to be one word in all uses. The editors of the AP Stylebook made the announcement at a copy editors conference, and the reaction was grumble, grumble, grumble, fine. For years, newspaper copy editors have dutifully separated “under” and “way” with a space, because AP […]

Capitalization in the real world

Capitalization in the real world

One of things that most startled me when I left the newsroom for life as a public servant was discovering just how devoted non-journalists are to capital letters. At the university where I work, it is accepted style to capitalize University when it stands alone and refers to our institution. It’s fine if you want […]

The view from my porch. It isn't pretty, but it got the job done.

Snow day

I haven’t had a snow day since I was 17. I’m 50 now. So that’s a certain number of years. That’s not to say there haven’t been days when snow has fallen. It’s to say that  in the early 1980s colleges didn’t close for snow. After that I was always a journalist, and journalists don’t […]