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Asking questions

  • On 16/01/2021

One of my philosophies of being in the world is asking questions. As a consultant and project manager, a large part of my job was asking questions, but not in the yes or no sort of question way. Instead, the questions were a form of listening and responding to get a sense of where the […]

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Book review of sorts

  • On 11/01/2021

I was delighted to be invited to give a quick–less than 2 minutes–review of Sue Wells’ book, Robert Burton’s Rhetoric at the NCA 2020 in an ISHR panel. Sue’s book is really a delight, particularly if you have a fondness for historiography, the early modern era, quirky “science,” and knowledge making. this book is also […]

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Wishing you…2021

  • On 05/01/2021

Deep breaths. I lost count of the number of times I told myself this and encouraged others to do the same. It was always used in moments when life seemed to be overwhelming. There isn’t an easy word, or even words, to summarize the year of 2020 and the dramatic shifts in our lives and […]

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It’s more than Chaucer

  • On 07/12/2020

A persistent myth about the history of technical writing needs to be clarified. So that’s what this post is about.The myth I refer to is the long standing claim that Geoffrey Chaucer, better known for the Canterbury Tales, also wrote the first technical documents in English, Treatise on the Astrolabe. The Treatise has been dated […]

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Research Contributions

  • On 06/10/2020

6 October 2020 Over the last few years, I’ve done meta-work into research methodologies and methods with the field of technical and professional communication (TPC) and in the rhetoric of health and medicine (RHM). I’ve said that methodologies and methods is a strand of my research that brings together my two main areas (RHM and […]

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