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Visual Rendition of the Story Is Always There

I came across author and illustrator Ella Frances Sanders in 2015 after she published her first book, “Lost in Translation.” She has a gift for marrying words and visuals, like the one above. To probe the “how,” she agreed to an interview which covered topics ranging from Bill Murray and the Yiddish word “meshugah”   …more

The Top 10 Storytelling Posts of 2020, Part II

Tuesday’s list covered considerable ground. The rest of the Top 10 storytelling posts in 2020 kicks off with musings on post 1,087 (but who’s counting?).   .   6) I Wrote 1,087 Blog Posts, and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt   Before anyone shouts,“fake news,” yes, I dusted off the post that commemorated …more

The Top 10 Storytelling Posts of 2020

What a weird year. Being the mug-is-half-full type, I believe 2021 will (eventually) bring us some semblance of normalcy. As for the past year, I could have devoted every post to the antics from the White House. Exercising restraint that would have made my mom proud, I found plenty of other topics to parachute into. …more

The Wonders of the “Word Visual” and a Thanksgiving Story

I first touted the virtues of the “word visual” in 2014. For those not familiar with this technique, the idea is to use the words (or typography) to drive the action while minimizing the need for design expertise. The image above borrowing the Soup Nazi from Seinfeld falls in the “word visual” category. Most “word …more

America Has Spoken, Trump Channels Bluto and Other Post-election Musings

Remember when October was winding down and everyone was thinking, “Only a few more days and this madness will be over”? I never expected the man to go quietly in the night or day. I did expect his surrounding advisors — you know, the “sane” human beings like Jared Kushner and Lindsay Graham — to …more

I’m Guessing You Have Never Seen a Birthday Card Quite Like This One

It’s that time of year, prompting me to dust off my favorite birthday card. My granddaughter Addy served as both copywriter and designer of the card. In the spirit of full disclosure, she crafted this card some time ago, and I have posted about it before. Still, if TBS can show “It’s A Wonderful Life” …more

Vote (and a confession)

No exclamation point needed. One simple word. Vote. Everyone says democracy is on the ballot. For me, I checked the box for sanity. Thomas Friedman, New York Times columnist, wrote last week: “The good news is that we’ve survived four years of Donald Trump’s abusive presidency with most of our core values still intact. To …more