Bringing conversation back into our lives

One of my favorite things about Freemasonry is what many organizations (including churches and the like) call "fellowship." In modern-day English, we call it "hanging out." When we're not in a formal meeting (or sitting formally at prayer, for instance), we're still gathered with like-minded folk, eating, drinking and, most of all, talking. As someone […]

4 tips for hanging doors

JB and I put up a couple of doors today. As a human services and English major, respectively, we're not the most mechanically inclined people. Because we already had door frames in, we didn't get pre-hung doors (also, that saved us something on the order of $150 a door). Our doors were not standard sizes, […]

Effective Communication: Email Basics Part 2: Tips for Success (and Failure)

This is the second in a two-part series about effective email. I'm writing this primarily for communication around an office that is increasingly and reluctantly technology-reliant, but feel free to re-purpose it for your needs. You can read the first part here. This is where we get into the nitty gritty of how to be […]

Effective Communication: Email Basics Part 1: Anatomy of an Email

This is the first in a two-part series about effective email. I'm writing this primarily for communication around an office that is increasingly and reluctantly technology-reliant, but feel free to re-purpose it for your needs. You can read part 2 here. All email messages have six basic fields you should be aware of. Some email […]

Basic Skills for the Workplace: Excel

There are essentially three things you need to know how to do in Excel in order to provide a useful and accurate spreadsheet to a boss or colleague. The first thing to do, of course, is make sure all the columns in your spreadsheet are useful and relevant. Otherwise, you're just wasting space and people's […]

Basic Skills for the Workplace: Troubleshooting Your Internet Connection

There are three basic setups used in most workplaces for the Internet connection at your workspace. Before calling either your in-house IT professional or your provider, familiarize yourself with your equipment and basic troubleshooting. Here are some tips. Setup I: Ethernet jack to the wall You'll see this in most larger offices that don't run […]