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Just for Fun

A Little Pharma Fun

Let's face it, the pharmaceutical industry isn't necessarily known for approaching communications in fun, quirky ways - which is exactly why we perked up when we saw the YouTube video created by our friends at Novo Nordisk in honor of World Diabetes Day (which was November 14).The video features real employees dancing, singing and acting goofy, all in the name...

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Six-Word Memoirs

Here at Brilliant Ink, we were all intrigued when we discovered SMITH Magazine's Six-Word Memoir Project. The whole concept is based on a legend that Ernest Hemingway was once challenged to write a story in just six words. He came up with: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” Based on that concept, SMITH started asking its readers to submit their...

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A Little Laughter Goes the Distance

I've got running on the brain right now, and for good reason. I'll be running the San Francisco marathon this weekend. The nerves are definitely kicking in! I've been looking for a little last minute inspiration, and I recently rediscovered a list of funny sayings spotted on signs at marathons (courtesy of the SF Marathon training program weekly emails). They...

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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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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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Little screen, big numbers

How many hours of online video have you watched in the past month?  One? Two? Five? Online video consumption has skyrocketed. According to Nielsen, the average American watches 3 hours of online video per month - up nearly 50% from a year ago. There's hardly a show on T.V. that isn't accompanied by...

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Words that inspire

"The essence of this tragedy, it seems to me, derives from a fundamental absence of empathy on the part of the attackers: an inability to imagine, or connect with, the humanity and suffering of others. Such a failure of empathy, such numbness to the pain of a child or the desperation of a parent, is not innate; nor, history tells...

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Learn the lingo

"I'm so sorry to hear about your mother passing away. LOL. Let me know if there's anything I can do."Can you imagine receiving that text message from a misinformed but well-intentioned friend? Unfortunately, this person thought "LOL" meant "lots of love," when in fact, the popular texting abbreviation stands for "laughing out loud."This sad-but-true tale was included in a recent...

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Extra, extra!

I recently came across a site called Newspaper Death Watch - devoted to chronicling newspaper closings across the country and documenting how the industry is changing to survive. A brief perusal of the site raises dozens of questions - what is the future of news reporting? What's going to happen to all of these brilliant reporters laid off when their...

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