Ferret buttocks.


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Oyster boat on the Quinnipiac River


Unicorns with secrets

I created this flip thing today to showcase Hodge the Unicorn, the first product released by Gift Wrap Labs.


On brevity in writing

Here's a post I wrote for the editorr blog. Click through to read it all:

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Editorr: The Video

Check out editorr here. — real editing for real people

So, for the last couple of months I've been working as an editor at, and it's really just a fantastic job. It's very much in my wheelhouse, and I really enjoy it. The site offers proofreading services to, well, to anyone, but what I particularly like is that it caters to just normal people who probably wouldn't ever think of engaging an editor otherwise—bloggers who want to run their posts by someone, small business owners sending out newsletters or writing Facebook posts, workers who have to email their boss and don't want to make a bad impression. People even submit tweets, all the time. It's easy, and it's fast. You buy word packages and then submit whatever you like. The job is usually picked up in seconds, read and corrected by a real person, and returned very quickly. My point in mentioning this is just to spread the word about the service, because I want the company to succeed. If you know of anyone who might find the service valuable, please spread the word! Thanks. (

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Instagram picture, April 15, 2017 at 10:18AM

Here's a ferret.

via Instagram


What is the most embarrassing text message you have sent to the wrong person?

I wrote an answer to this question on Quora, and it's been seeing a lot of action. Check it out.


Media in the Mail: Shockheaded Peter

My friend Clare sent me a copy of her book 98 Reasons for Being, a historical novel set in a German asylum in 1852. The doctor who sees her is the historical Heinrich Hoffmann, psychiatrist and author of the children's book Der Struwwelpeter (Shockheaded Peter). Clare is a fantastic writer. Her book One Day the Ice Will Reveal All Its Dead is one of the most memorable I've ever read. (Here's my review.) I'm really looking forward to reading this one!


A new start

Feeling like I needed a change of focus and a change of venue, I've started a new blog over at It's a media consumption blog. There will be daily or close to daily posts with short descriptions of what I'm reading/watching/listening to/etc. I'm seven posts in already, and I've been enjoying it so far. With a fresh start somehow there comes a lighter air. The DEBlog isn't going anywhere, but it will probably continue to lie fallow for the most part. 

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About the blogger: Debra is the mother of two preternaturally attractive girls and the author of a number of books about ancient Greece, including Reading Herodotus: A Guided Tour through the Wild Boars, Dancing Suitors, and Crazy Tyrants of The History. She writes and blogs from her subterranean lair in North Haven, CT. Read more.

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The Sunday