THE WRITE LANE BLOG

March 14, 2020

Should Colleges Use SAT and ACT Scores to Reject or Accept Applicants?

College entrance controversy, first generated by last year’s admission scandals, continues to rage. Many college admissions folks in California, in particular, are into the idea of […]
March 14, 2020

‘The Pharmacist’ Explains How Opioids Have Gob-Smacked Americans

Be sure to watch “The Pharmacist,” a new Netflix documentary that offers great insight on why the opioid crisis has hit Americans so hard.  Like most […]
March 14, 2020

Down Memory Lane, PHS Style

Hey, let’s share stories! If you attended Pasadena High in the ‘60s, I’m sure you remember growing up in a small town that once was an enormous strawberry patch.
August 29, 2019
how to write more professionally.

Quality Writing Moves Your Message, But Mistakes Kill It, Part V

Don’t split infinitives. An infinitive is the word “to” with a verb. If you stick something in between the “to” and the verb, you have split […]
August 29, 2019
skills for business writing and professionals

Get Your Arms Around Topnotch Writing, Part IV

Check your references for clarity. Example: The day that Sammy’s dog came back home, he was so happy. (Who was happy—the dog or the boy?) Choose […]
August 27, 2019
Writing tips for business professionals

Stay Credible! Better Business Writing, Part III

You don’t want to get pegged as a business writer whose work is “ungrammatical” or worse, less-than-literate. Avoid sentence fragments. These signal that you can’t spot […]
August 25, 2019
tips for business writing success

Business Writing Tips, Part II

Use “that” and “which” correctly. Proper use of these words elevates your message. The words that follow “that” are necessary to the meaning of the sentence. […]
August 25, 2019

Want Writing Tips? Here’s a Young Professional’s “Letter to Young People”

August 16, 2019
Better Business Writing

5 Tips for Better Business Writing

August 16, 2019 The Write Lane Blog   5 Tips for Better Business Writing   Say what? Say it right. Communicate in texts and emails in […]
August 11, 2019

15 Ideas for Positive Helicopter Parenting

So, you can’t get enough of living vicariously through your child. I hear you—I’m the same way; the desire to “help” just never stops. Or maybe […]
August 7, 2019

How to Write Better – 5 Ways to Write Your Way to the Top

Illustrated by Melissa Mead “I hope you’ll tell young people how to become a star writer to land that college of your dreams and then push further […]
August 6, 2019

10 Steps for a Positive School Kickoff

Illustrated by Melissa Mead   Engage your child in buying school supplies (look for lists online at the school website). If there are no lists, just […]
August 5, 2019

Thrashing Around on August 4, 2019

  “I’ll be your friend.” Those poignant words emblazoned on a little boy’s back-to-school T-shirt ring especially true on a sad day in America, when our […]
July 31, 2019

7 Ways to Help Your Child Goal-Set for School

Yes, of course you want your child to work “toward” something. However, the goals he or she has for the school year need to be his/hers, […]
July 31, 2019

How to Grow Your Writing Skills: Advice from 5 (of 25) Experts

What are the biggest problems young people have with writing today? How do you think young people can improve their writing? Do you think kids communicate […]