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9/11 Stories Still Pull and Tug a Decade Later

9 Sep

As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 nears, I, like many others, think back to that fateful day. I had worked late the day before overseeing the second of five 20-page special sections for our newspaper’s 100th anniversary celebration edition.

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TSTC Instructor Bowles Consults at Honduras High School

24 Aug

Tegucigalpa, Honduras

This is a guest post by Mary Drennon in the TSTC Marketing Department. It first appeared in the Aug. 22 ourspace.tstc.

Biomedical Equipment Technology (BET) Department Chair Roger Bowles recently returned from a trip to Tegucigalpa, Honduras, where he served in a consultant capacity at the Instituto Nacional de Formación Profesional (INFOP), a government-run technical high school. Bowles toured INFOP’s biomedical program facilities, checking equipment and evaluating the program.

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Literature-Map: Navigating Books

29 Jul

At the start of 2011, I made a goal: I promised myself I would read 100 books this year. A couple of months later, I downsized that to 50. I’m thinking of shrinking that further to maybe 30. So far, I’ve successfully completed 15, and the year is nearly halfway over.

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Twitter-dee, Twitter-dum

27 Jul

Let’s just say Twitter and I have not been the best of friends. My job as TSTC Publishing’s marketing manager, however, strongly suggests (no, demands) that I make the most of social media in promoting our books.

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Try Some Style On for Size

24 Jun

Most people would not characterize The Chicago Manual of Style as a source for some fun. In fact, trying to navigate the pages can be quite daunting, even to editors. One of the great features for the manual online that will not only help you with grammatical questions but give you a good laugh occasionally is the “Chicago Style Q&A” section. In honor of Friday and the need to laugh at least once a day, I decided to round up a few of my favorites.

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Reading Lolita in Tehran

5 Nov

“We read to know we are not alone.”

–C.S Lewis in Shadowlands


When impressing upon anyone the value of literature, the truth spoke by Lewis exists at the heart of what makes reading such an intricate and beautiful part of the human experience.  Some have argued reading and literature yield no practical useful results. It is not like science or math that can boast a result of engineering, medical breakthroughs and technology.  No, the value of literature is much more subtle, but it’s there.  A book that exhibits for me the importance of literature more then any other book I have had the pleasure of reading is Reading Lolita in Tehran, the memoir of Azar Nafisi.

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From the Publisher’s Desk: The Semi-Latest Book Publishing Industry News, 4/3/10

3 Apr

So this Saturday finds me up at the office with the blinds shut on my window while getting caught up on a variety of things that I didn’t get done during this four-day week that had a two-day trip out to Abilene wedged into it to discuss all things wind energy: approving pending requisitions, sending out belated emails, and closing out weekly reports. Plus, to top it all off, with all the running around, I didn’t even remotely have time to watch over my rss feeds like I normally would so that’s why this is the semi-latest publishing news as it comes from the week of March 22-26. On the other hand, this week’s news has been dominated by all things iPad and until I actually get to play around with one, I’ll try to stay out of that discussion.

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