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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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Generation whine?

Recently, I came across a couple of blog posts that point to a troubling trend. The first piece documents an email exchange between a PR agency hiring manager and an intern candidate. The candidate, a recent college graduate, strongly disagreed with the hiring manager's feedback on her performance on the agency's writing test, and even copied the agency's senior-most leaders...

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Choose your words wisely

Here in New York City, concerns about swine flu have reached a fever pitch. Currently, 17 schools across the city are closed because of suspected swine flu cases, and an assistant principal died this week after contracting the H1N1 virus. Luckily, my son is not yet school-age, so this is just a minor distraction for me. But perhaps one of...

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Mad About Twitter

Want to know my favorite Twitter discovery of late? All my favorite characters from "Mad Men"have Twitter accounts. Peggy Olson, Betty and Don Draper, Roger Sterling and even wanna-be novelist Ken Cosgrove can be found online tweeting about advertising, household chores, saucy new secretaries and all other aspects of the fictional 1960s world they inhabit.Here's where the story gets more...

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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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