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On Productivity as a New Work-from-Home Dad

September 26th, 2014

In the prenatal class that we took, the majority of the dads said that they would be taking the first couple of weeks off work as parental leave. As the only work-at-home dad (WaHD) of the group, I was the only one who said I didn’t plan on taking any leave at all. I suppose […]

Grammar 101: European and American Date Formats

September 25th, 2014

When you’re filling out a passport application, a courier waybill or any number of other documents, there’s a good chance that you have to enter the date. Even when you were handing in your elementary school assignments, there was a line near the top of the page where you were told to enter today’s date. […]

The Nature of Beyond the Rhetoric Moving Forward

September 19th, 2014

I’ve been sharing my musings on the Internet for some 15 years now, starting out with an e-mail newsletter before graduating to a manually-updated Geocities website and finally progressing to the launch of Beyond the Rhetoric in 2006. Throughout that time, I’ve been pretty eclectic about the posts that I write, ranging from movie reviews […]

Grammar 101: Nerve-Racking or Nerve-Wracking?

September 16th, 2014

English idioms don’t necessarily make a lot of logical sense. You can’t literally offer a salesperson an arm and a leg for the latest sports car. You’re not exactly “spilling the beans” when you “let the cat out of the bag” either. And these idioms get even more challenging when they are used verbally more […]

Grammar 101: On Plural Forms and Adding S to Everything

September 5th, 2014

When toddlers and children first start learning the English language, they have an intuitive sense for picking up on grammar rules. Without even knowing it, they pick up on the idea that adding -ed to the end of a verb makes it past tense. I climbed the tree. I played the piano. The problem is […]

The WAHM vs. Daddy Blogger Dynamic Revisited

September 2nd, 2014

Although attitudes are certainly shifting, working from home is still a rather unconventional choice and it’s even less conventional to go into business for yourself. These were realities that I knew all too well when I decided to embark on this freelance writing journey. With the imminent arrival of my first child, my perspective on […]

What I Miss (and Don’t Miss) About Working a 9-to-5 Office Job

August 28th, 2014

It’s a little hard to believe that I have been self-employed for almost a decade. Working full-time as a freelance writer from the comfort of my home office is a privilege that I value dearly. I’ve learned a lot along the way–many of those lessons can be found in my book–and it feels strange to […]

The Best and Worst Parts of Being a Freelancer

August 12th, 2014

When you choose to strike it out on your own with your own small business, typically operating out of your modest home office, everything changes. It’s not just about your job or career anymore, because that decision impacts just about every aspect of your lifestyle. And what I’ve found over these last few years is […]