Time management Mondays: An email vacation

How terrific does this sound? Instead of navigating the complex web of obligation, expectation, and habit when it comes to email and vacation, you are forced to shut down your inbox as — did I read that right? — all incoming messages are deleted. (Don’t worry, the senders are notified.) Such is the experimental program […]

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Tools of the trade: Rediscovering the Pilot Varsity

A while back, I wrote about the “knockabout” pen — something simple, relatively inexpensive, and easy to put your hands on, something that makes you sad but not grief-stricken to lose. Soon after writing the post, I retrieved an old tote bag from my closet and made an intriguing rediscovery: the Pilot Varsity, a “disposable” […]

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Tools of the trade: On auto-correct

I daresay we’ve all had moments of frustration with auto-correct: when we mean “its” instead of “it’s” and don’t catch it till after we’ve sent a text message, when Word insists on converting an unconventional proper name to a puzzling and nonsensical noun. Or an adjective, in the case of Bill Vignola, whose name, as […]

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