Recent Posts by Rachel Skybetter

A Loss for Words

A few months ago, back when life was warm and sunny, I wrote about my favorite, tongue-tickling words. I love those words because they aren't used commonly, making them rare vocabulary treats for welcoming ears. The 10-cent words I love have been replaced by a lexicon of abbreviations, acronyms and made-up terms, spearheaded mostly by millennials...
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Why Editors Matter

I, like most millennials, love technology. I love winning arguments by Googling an answer, paying for my parking spot via iPhone and posting endless pictures of my dog instantly. At work, I love that I can quickly refer to online style guides for assistance then send off files for approval at the speed of light. With all this...
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Beyond Business: LinkedIn as a Powerful Marketing Tool

Pardon the pun, but one of LinkedIn's newest features may be the missing link between networking and content marketing. What was once restricted to "influencers" (read: experts, big-wigs and beyond), is now open to all LinkedIn members because "every professional has valuable experience to share," according to the official LinkedIn blog announcement. Published posts...
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In Memory of Maya

"Some day we'll be able to measure the power of words. I think they are things. They get on the walls. They get on your wallpaper. They get in your rugs, in your upholstery, and your clothes and finally into you." –Maya Angelou

Coming from a family of strong, independent women, it was no surprise...
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The Wonderful World of Words

Eating is one of my favorite things to do. I have a Google document where I keep track of restaurants I want to visit, then dutifully check them off as I slowly make my way through it. I'll try almost anything once, but like most people, I harbor a few food aversions: pickled items, soggy green beans and...
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Rachel’s Writing Corner: 4 Quick Editing Tips

It began slowly enough. It started with red pen on my forearms, right ring finger and clothing. Then, I noticed my morning RedEye crossword puzzles were starting to be done exclusively in red pen. And recently at a baby shower, a request for spare pens turned up six in one purse grab—four of which were red....
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Branding December

The days between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day are a blurry haze of holiday cheer, rosy cheeks and fuzzing feelings. But to some of us, this period can also become a sort of birthday purgatory. I was born on December 19th and have spent the greater part of my near-27 years shrouded in birthday agony come...
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