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Language Lifestyle Marketing

Cosmopolitan, People In My Home!

What are you reading these days? Well, I’m looking at Cosmopolitan and People magazines even though I haven’t subscribed to them. They came to me. I’m pretty sure I’m not in the target audience for either. And yet, I can’t ignore them. It’s been almost two years since People started appearing in my mailbox. I… Continue Reading Cosmopolitan, People In My Home!

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Internet access Mobile technology

Rural Internet Access Remains Elusive

Rural Internet Access: Still Elusive for Many Americans Internet access in rural America has improved but remains pretty rudimentary as far as speed goes. This discourages a lot of rural Americans from investing in it at home. Those who are on a fixed income (especially elderly retired people) would rather get DirecTV and I can’t… Continue Reading Rural Internet Access Remains Elusive

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High Noon at the Nail Saloon

I had barely noticed a rather large woman on her cellphone when I entered the salon. But about halfway through the treatment, I heard her loud and clear. Continue Reading High Noon at the Nail Saloon

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Grammar Language Lifestyle

Idioms Away and Dialect Demagoguery!

I spent a couple of years living in Cambridge, England where I learned to speak British English and quickly came to realize Americans speak an entirely different dialect. I came to enjoy noting language differences and sharing my discoveries with my supervisor at work, Dr Andrew Lacey (the Brits don’t use periods or “full stops”… Continue Reading Idioms Away and Dialect Demagoguery!

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Internet access Marketing

Falling Off the Phone Tree

I’ve become pretty familiar with phone trees since I started providing phone captioning services for people with hearing disabilities. This service is provided free from the Federal government through phone service taxes. But many of its users struggle with automated answering tools businesses use to reduce the number of live customer service agents. Here in… Continue Reading Falling Off the Phone Tree