Category: Special Interest

Where True Love = Hate

Over the last couple weeks, the whole Chick-fil-A and Dan Cathy “traditional marriage” storm has created a great deal of public shouting all over the media and Facebook. I’m not even sure that anyone is hearing anything anymore. I’ve quit posting replies on Facebook because it’s impossible to really get your point across in short […]

Born that way . . . why the excuse is not valid

I was born this way I, like all babies, was born with a tongue thrust reflex. This is a very valuable reflex where the tongue forces any foreign material out of a baby’s mouth and prevents choking. For some babies, this means that things like pacifiers and bottles get pushed out as often as they […]

Books Beyond Words

Once in the long forgotten history of publishing, all copies of books were painstakingly hand copied, and the long suffering scribes added beauty and made each copy unique by adding what is called illumination to the text.  These consisted of little illustrations for the leading capitals and chapter headers and often decorations in the margins […]

Preaching the wrong gospel

When the results of the elections came in last night, I became very depressed. Not only do I feel like my country has voted away the freedoms that men and women have given their blood, sweat, and tears to preserve for decades, but I see a very dismal future ahead. Seeking comfort in my period […]

Great tools for book designers in InDesign CS3

I’m still delving into the new features of Adobe InDesign CS3, but I’m happy to say that there were some great advances for book designers in this version. Some of them are just time savers and some of them are streamlining of workflows. Here are a few of my new favorites: After many requests since […]

How to judge a book by its cover

You are at the airport, getting ready to board a plane for a long flight, and you slip into the airport bookstore to quickly pick up a good book to keep you occupied. You’ve already read all the books by your favorite authors, and you’re ready to try something new, but you don’t have time […]

Microsoft Word–a powerful tool ignored

Yes, I know the number of users of MS Word probably blows away the numbers who use all other word processors combined. I’m not saying people don’t use Word, I’m just saying people don’t make use of the powerful tools in Word. They type text in it, and do all sorts of other weird things […]