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Diary of a young girl

Here on the Brilliant Blog, we are commemorating Women's History Month by sharing our thoughts on some of the women who inspire us.For as long as I can remember, I've loved writing. And that passion was certainly inspired in no small part by Anne Frank. I read the Diary of Anne Frank when I was 13 years old - around...

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Make it Meaningful

As we work with our clients in developing communications strategies and messages to keep employees engaged in their jobs, we often find ourselves coming back to a common theme, regardless of the industry or project we are working on. That theme is meaningful purpose. It's the answer to "why should I care about working here?" ...

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Arrgh! Writing’s Fun!

What do pirates have to do with writing skills? Everything, if you're an organization known as 826 Valencia. Founded by author Dave Eggers (one of my favorites) and educator Nínive Calegari in 2002, 826 Valencia is a San Francisco-based nonprofit that helps advance kids' literacy skills by providing after school tutoring, workshops and writing-based field trips.826 Valencia's writing lab is...

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Me, Myself and I

In case you missed it, a recent a NY Times editorial took President Obama to task for his incorrect use of the word "I" when he really should have been using "me." It turns out that even the Harvard-educated can have an occasional grammar malfunction - how refreshing for my own non-Ivy League ego!In case you're similarly pronoun-challenged, here's a...

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Quote for the Day

"The one incontrovertible truth about this era: Only creativity and aggressive innovation  - in the face of hardships and layoffs and seriously tough choices - will fuel a turnaround." -- Robert Safian, Fast Company editor The latest issue of Fast Company includes their annual list of the most innovative companies - a refreshing burst...

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Here’s to big dreams

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., here's a link to his most famous speech, both text and video. Even simply reading it on the page, it's a fantastic speech that never fails to give me chill bumps. Here's to big dreams, courage and the relentless march of progress:I Have a Dream...

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Quote for the day

"Writing is easy: All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead." - Gene Fowler This quote kicks off an article that provides several helpful tips for beating writer's block and other obstacles to putting pen to paper. Gene Fowler was a journalist who...

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