Wesslund On Writing

Explorations into writing, civility, and making a difference

The Green Old Deal … and how the search for civility led to this new blog

In 1988 I decided to spend a few days researching this global warming thing. It had been simmering as a controversy for a few years, with some people warning the oceans would rise and threaten seaport cities, and others asking what was wrong with strawberries the size of basketballs and quoting the Bible that God …

The power of labels

Paul WesslundUncategorized  July 23, 2019 1 Minute How would you label yourself? You get one word. OK, give yourself a two or three-word phrase. Is that fair? Accurate? Would it tell someone who you are? Red Sox fan? Farmer? Retired? Liberal? And what would the person seeing that label conclude? Might it be filtered through their biases? …

There should be a their there

I just read an essay I liked by a columnist asking to be referred to as “they” and not “he.” That’s a request that would horrify a traditional grammarian. I think it makes sense but they’d say it doesn’t follow the rules. If you were bothered by my use of “they” to refer to a …

It’s a free country. What does that mean exactly?

I supplemented my college education this week with a lesson about part of what makes this a uniquely free country. The phrase “Free country” gets used in ways that mean a lot of different things. What I realized this week is how it’s more than a slogan. A free country is real, specific, and rare …

Inspirations from the author of the best book I ever read

Sometimes you sit down to write and it’s wrong. It’s not the overdiscussed writer’s block. It’s not a negative thought from your head, a discouraging message from the heart or even a sense from your gut. It’s something from deep in your bones telling you that you’re not yet ready to type; that you need …