Entries by Donna Gould

What Do You #ChooseToChallenge?

Yesterday I listened to a podcast where Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen were sharing the stories behind their chosen careers. While their upbringings were markedly different, each considered themselves an outsider who had a valuable message to share – but lacked a voice. Politics and music {respectively} gave them a platform for self-expression. Springsteen recalled, […]

Love Letters

When I was packing for my move last June, I found them in the hall closet. A small stack of letters, written on gray parchment. Tied with a piece of red ribbon and kept in a small cedar box for over 40 years. Love letters. From the first man who stole my heart.

A Gift or a Present?

My significant other {let’s call him Jim} believes that a gift and a present are not the same thing. He insists that a gift is something the recipient wants to receive – while a present is something you want them to have. And he has a very complicated trick for remembering the difference {I’ll spare […]

Nothing Beats a Thank You Note

‘Tis the season when we focus on gratitude. And nothing says “I totally appreciated that” like sending a handwritten note. Okay – maybe diamonds or a big wad of cash would be more impressive. But when it comes to heartfelt and sincere, a simple thank you note takes the cake. It’s classy. It sends a […]

Confusing i.e. and e.g. is More Common Than You Think

Confusing “i.e.” and “e.g.” is rumored to be one of the most common mistakes writers make. It certainly is tricky for me! Both abbreviations are derived from Latin words, which always complicates matters. So I’m going to keep things as simple as possible: i.e. stands for “id est,” which essentially means “in other words.” e.g. […]

Wordsmith Wednesday: The 3 There’s

Now more than ever, it matters what words you choose to share your brand story. Wordsmith Wednesday is a space for people who love words & creating content that is a joy to read. I’ll be sharing my favorite tips & tricks – and hope you’ll share yours! The 3 There’s I’m starting with they’re, […]

Who Are You Talking To?

“For better or worse, a writer is working all the time.” Robert Bruce I would argue that this premise isn’t 100% true – at least among the writers I hang out with. But for the sake of argument, let’s pretend it is. If writers are writing all the time, it would be safe to assume […]

Everything Interesting is 90% Boring

In an interview with Krista Tippett for The On Being Project, author Elizabeth Gilbert said, “Everything that’s interesting is 90% boring.” She was talking about how “creative” jobs may seem glamorous, but the work is actually tedious. Lately I’ve been feeling that way about blog writing. I love what I do for a living and […]

Eyeball Talking

Last week I watched an episode of Pluto Living in which the star {Pluto} says, “Eyeball talking is the way to go when wearing your mask.” Pluto is a “talking” Schnauzer from Canada who has become somewhat of a celebrity since her videos debuted on Facebook in March. She dispenses helpful advice on coping with […]