Category Archives: advocacy

Guest Speaking: Senior Practicum

I again had the pleasure of speaking to a group of Marika Siegel‘s senior-level technical writing students at Michigan Tech University. They sent me a list of excellent questions in advance related to tech writing in general, job hunting, and … Continue reading

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Communicating About Space: Apollo Plus 50

As a regular space enthusiast, writing professional, and soon-to-be-50-year-old, I’d be remiss if I didn’t touch on the anniversary Apollo 11, which happened 50 years ago Saturday. It’s a good time to reflect on that remarkable accomplishment, but also to … Continue reading

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Evaluating Persuasive Writing: Am I Making a Difference?

This post is a response to another friend’s suggestion (reminder to my readers: I do take requests). My buddy Chuck suggested I take on “social engineering on a budget.” He was joking, as it turned out, but what he meant was talking … Continue reading

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Is It Better to Be Part of a Cause or an Industry?

Over the past 20 years, I’ve worked as an advocate for human spaceflight, a professional for organizations building the hardware, and a little bit of both now and then. Both roles have their parts to play, with each having its … Continue reading

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Handling Emergency Plans

It irritates, sickens, and angers me to no end that I have to write about this topic at all. However, as the shooting this week in Florida has shown, the country of my birth continues to be plagued by evil … Continue reading

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