College of the Holy Cross (English)
Columbia Journalism School (Master's)
Harvard University (Master's)
I write and edit books and teach people how to write with economy, grace and power. A former longtime reporter and editor at The Boston Globe, I am the co-author of a book and the editor of four books. As a freelance writer for The New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Smithsonian, Esquire, International Herald Tribune and Yankee, the quality of my writing has always been my calling card. I have also edited More Than Money Magazine, done two NPR commentaries and given public lectures on Thoreau and Emerson.
As an editor, I have helped several authors give their writing a clear narrative focus. I've also shown them how to prune flabby sentences, buzzwords and padding as well as how to write with style and authority. My understanding of English and command of grammar is deep. Good grammar is often dismissed in schools today as an obstacle to expression. I believe it is just the opposite. It requires clarity of thought, which produces strong sentences. As a journalist for 25 years, I learned that accuracy and correct spelling are also essential to good writing. Mistakes chip away at a writer's authority. I am a lifelong learner and have master’s degrees from Columbia Journalism School (M.S.) and Harvard Divinity School (M.T.S). American history, religion, English literature and current events are subjects in which I am knowledgeable. I have helped my own daughters write (rewrite and write again) their college admission essays. I am very proud that one of them just graduated summa cum laude from Princeton. I write and edit books and teach people how to write with economy, grace and power. A former longtime reporter and editor at The Boston Globe, I am the co-author of a book and the editor of four books. As a freelance writer for The New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Smithsonian, Esquire,
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I am deeply read in this subject and in the broader topic of executive function. I have also been a member of an adult ADD support group for eight years, during which time I have developed ways to overcome my own organizational and attentional challenges. ADHD is not one thing but a constellation of different, non-adaptive thinking styles, deficits or symptoms. Nevertheless, there are certain similarities, and I have a firm, sympathetic understanding of the ADD mind. I also believe that there are coping strategies and tools to not only overcome ADHD but to turn it to one's advantage.
My qualification in the realm of English is having been a successful writer and editor for 35 years, including 20 for The Boston Globe, and having a deep knowledge of the English language. I've edited several books and a magazine. And I have worked to improve the writing of my three children, the oldest of whom graduated from Princeton last June.
I have been a paid public speaker periodically for the last 10 years, giving lectures chiefly on Thoreau, Emerson and religion. I developed an illustrated presentation, "Thoreau and the Language of Trees," which I have given a dozen times, at libraries, a museum, community groups, garden clubs and academic societies. I gave in last October at the Arnold Arboretum in Boston. Being a public speaker has improved my writing.