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ISSN:1544-8312Spring-Summer 2014
Judy Vorfeld, PublisherIssue 94

A Gentle Blend of Communication Expressway
& Webgrammar's Food for Thought

Judy's Corner

Thanks for your patience. I sent out my last ezine in February and since then I have excelled at procrastination. If there were a college class dubbed Procrastination 101, I feel sure I would have earned an "A."

These past months have been filled with business and personal events: all good. Two more grandchildren, a wonderful Editing and Writing Services video, a number of amazing new clients, and many productive photographic outings. I hope you have enjoyed your summer.

Subscribers: Heard from Paul Stark, who said, "I don't know if you'll remember, but you and I had some good correspondence a few years ago. In any case, I always enjoy receiving the newsletter. This one, in particular, touched a chord for a former high school English teacher, bent on teaching and training students appropriate grammar use. These are two of my 'favorite' endemic things/misuses to discuss/correct: it/its and there/their/they're."

Virtual University is an excellent way to take some courses to help you at home and at work. It's been around now for 20 years. Some courses have a fee, while others do not. I highly recommend it. And VU is mobile and tablet friendly. Here are the types of courses it offers: Computers & Technology Writing, Journalism, Grammar ESL/EFL - Learn English Photography, Photoshop, Graphics World Religions Law and Criminology Political Science Psychic & Metaphysics Mathematics Business & Economics Earth & Space Sciences


Web link for this issue.

Grammar Tip #1 - Action Words
If you are writing descriptive copy, whether for classwork, marketing, resumes, CVs, or fiction, you may appreciate some lists of action words. I have many, and use them often.

Business Email Tip

Random Thoughts on Sending Attachments

Only send an attachment if you are sure the recipient can open it. This is key.

This is a grey area, for a number of reasons. So many email programs. So many browsers. So much software that others don't have. But before anything else, if you are going to send an attachment, the FIRST thing to do when you open your email program is to attach the file. Why? Because there's a syndrome called I Got So Involved Writing the Message That I Forgot To Send the Attachment.

Before you send an attachment (text or graphic), be sure that the recipient has the same software, unless you are sending a PDF. Or, let's say you're sending a document saved in Microsoft Works. People with Microsoft Word can open such a document, but if they are going to make changes and return it, ask them to save it as a Works document.

In many cases I can turn my documents into PDF. I bought PDF Complete after using a trial version in Word, and it does a fine job. It wasn't terribly expensive, and saves me hours of work. I only scan documents when/if I must.

You have many choices in getting a document ready to send via the Internet other than email. Three programs that you can join and share documents & graphics are Dropbox, Google Drive, and Evernote.

If you send graphics as attachments, the recipient must have a program it can "see" them in . . .

The list goes on. What are your favorite tips for sending (or not sending) email attachments? Any questions on my comments?


Arts - CTO - Desktop Publishing, Design, & Typography - Education - Grammar - History - Small Biz/Home Office - Technology - For Writers, Journalists, Playwrights


Digital Art Museum

Andrew D. Lytle's Baton Rouge' Photograph Collection, 1863-1910

The Swiss Poster Collection is a critical selection of posters dating from 1970 to 2011

Inventing Abstraction 1910-1925, MOMA

The Cuban Theater Digital Archive (CTDA) is a resource for research, teaching and learning in Cuban theater and performance as well as in related fields; a community repository for important Cuban theatrical materials; and a forum to foster scholarly communication in this field.


The Music Sack, which has info about people, books and articles, bands and groups, cathedrals and churches, the pianist in concert, and theatres. The Music Sack is a database of factual data about people involved in music and the activities they have been involved in. It's also an index to what has been written about these people.

Skinny, sad and pale

Cyberbullying Research Center

Dayboard: New Tab Page. Replace the new tab page with a to do list that helps you focus on your most important tasks each day.

FBI Internet Safety Tips for Kids


The Importance of Desktop Publishing in the Modern Office - Is Desktop Publishing Too Old-Fashioned For Today's Technology?

The 4 Basic Principles of Presentation Design

How to Make a Presentation Stick

Logo? Think simple. Simpler than that.

Don't Fence Me In!


Online Colleges and E-Learning Best Practices

Teaching Degrees, Continuing Education, & Career Information

Accredited Online College Accounting degree and career guide

What is Special Ed?

Special Education Teachers job outlook, work environment, careers

Online College Database


Common Errors In English: Professor Paul Brians

Daily Grammar

Daily Writing Tips: Get a daily grammar, spelling, punctuation or vocabulary tip.

Guide To Grammar And Style: Jack Lynch

Professor Charles Darling's Grammar Site



Spanish Civil War Memory Project

National Museum of the American Indian

The Journal of e-Media Studies

1964 Freedom Summer: Wisconsin Historical Society

Seven Settlement Houses-Database of Photos (University of Illinois at Chicago)

European Peace Walk commemorates WWI centennial


The Influence Of Nobody Strikes Again.

Which should you spend your money on? Branding or benefits?

Five Popular Content Writing Tips That Are Dead Wrong

Loyalty and Commitment to a business of any size

The shortlist


Glossary of Genetic Terms

How do I reduce the size of photos for online use?

The Future Of The Everywherenet, Part 1

The Future Of The Everywherenet, Part 2

The 14 Rules of Online Safety for Children


Ebook Sales Slow, Strategies Shift

Narrative Distance


How To Stand Out In The Content Marketing Crowd

Using Google Trend Reports to Predict Future Food Trends

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How to find Judy's websites

Editing & Writing Services (Biz site w/writing tips blog)
Office Support Services (Original biz site w/more personal blog & ezine)
Webgrammar for educators, writers, editors, researchers, librarians, etc.
Judy Vorfeld's personal website

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