The Perfect Cafe for Working Remotely Has These 29 Things

There’s something energizing about working remotely from a cafe. The aromas of coffee and baked goods waft through the air. Caffeinated patrons read books until their dates or business associates arrive. Writers wearing headphones pound away on laptops. Why is everyone here? What makes the perfect cafe? Finding the perfect cafe is a popular quest. In fact, there’s an entire app called Workfrom dedicated to comparing amenities and...

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Freelancer Everyday Carry List: The Ultimate Remote Worker EDC Gift Guide

Freelancers and remote workers depend on their everyday carry (EDC)—the tools they carry with them all the time—to confront unexpected challenges and life hack their way to their ambitions. by Josh Smith, Senior Project Specialist The EDC items in this list are time tested after years of working remotely. I’ve taken them on road trips across the U.S. and to over a dozen countries. They’ve kept me working in hotels, trade shows,...

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Accessibility in Design: Accommodating All with ADA-Compliant Business Communication

Accessibility in content design means creating business communication assets that everyone can access and understand, regardless of their disabilities. In October 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for plaintiff Guillermo Robles to sue Domino’s Pizza Inc. for failing to make its website accessible to people with visual impairments. The suit was based on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which includes legal guidelines...

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Compound Words & Avoiding the #1 Spelling Mistake Overlooked By Editing Software

Compound words are bigger words that are made by joining smaller words. For instance, the word copyeditor is made of the words “copy” (writing) and “editor” (someone who fixes mistakes). So then, a copyeditor fixes mistakes in writing. There are hundreds of compound words like this in English. There are actually thousands if you include all the plurals and other word variations. People say and write compound words every...

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Mark Twain Cave Signature: Searching for Sam Clemens’s Long-Lost Wall Etching and Finding America

Two hundred years after its discovery, a cave made famous by Mark Twain’s cultural masterpiece, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, has finally revealed its greatest secret, and I had to see it for myself. by Josh Smith, Senior Project Specialist My family and I are driving from South Florida to the Pacific Northwest. My hair is still matted from camping overnight at an obscure but immaculate state park in Southern Illinois. I spend breakfast...

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5 Free Apple Shortcuts for Writers and Other Word People

What is this new app on my iPhone? Apple’s Shortcuts app with Siri is making writers and designers more productive by eliminating the tedious workflow steps that everyone hates. Shortcuts are quick automations that iPhone and iPad users can use to create fast and efficient workflows. Simple examples come right in the app’s Gallery. Third-party apps can create their own actions. Users can even create their own custom Shortcuts, which...

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Meet Poet Laureate Joy Harjo

Joy Harjo is an award-winning poet and musician, and she just became America’s newest poet laureate. Originally from Oklahoma, Joy Harjo began writing in the 1970s during college in New Mexico. She met poets in her community, and this influenced her writing. Harjo is a member of the Mvskoke Nation. Her writing often explores the Native American experience. She is a powerful American writer and an excellent choice to become the 23rd US...

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3 Ways to Prepare for 2020’s Unemployment Uptick

Economists are predicting the end of record-low U.S. unemployment. There are a few things workers and companies can do to prepare for the coming downturn. Since the 2008 recession, the U.S. has joined most of the world in a long period of economic expansion. UCLA economist Edward Leamer explains, “We are in the 38th quarter of the expansion and only one of the previous ten expansions has lived so long, and it perished in the 40th quarter.” The...

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Your First Seven Words Make Your Message

Capture your audience’s attention within seven words. You have seven words to get attention. We humans are distracted easily, and we ignore even the most important messages if they take too long to read. That’s why your first seven words are so critical. This applies to the first seven words of your entire message, each page, each section, and even every paragraph. If those seven words are good, your readers are much more likely to read your...

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WWDC 2019 Takeaways for Writers & Editors

Here’s the WRITER’S RUNDOWN of new features from the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2019 keynote. Every summer, Apple unveils the next big thing in software at its Worldwide Developers Conference WWDC. The weeklong event kicks off with a keynote presentation showing off innovations for Mac OS, iOS, WatchOS, TVOS, and more. This year, Apple’s software and hardware teams made some big announcements, and we’ve...

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What’s a Kangaroo Word? Here’s an example for every letter.

A kangaroo word contains the letters of a synonym in the correct order. The synonyms nestled inside a kangaroo word are called joey words. This is a reference to how baby kangaroos cuddle inside their mothers’ pouches. The letters that make up joey words can be adjacent or otherwise, but they should appear in the proper sequence, unlike anagrams. You get bonus points if the joey words are not related etymologically. Kangaroo Word Examples...

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What Is the Difference Between Complacence and Complaisance?

You might be forgiven for assuming that complacence and complaisance mean the same thing. Maybe they’re alternative spellings for the same word or something. It turns out, though, these are different words with almost opposite meanings. complacence   kəm-‘plā-sᵊn(t)s. n. Calm or secure satisfaction with oneself or one’s lot Unconcern Example: Sam’s complacence with the boss’s request led to getting...

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