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How to Write a Clear, Concise, and Effective E-Mails that Will Be Read and Answered

Despite the fact that e-mail is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year (it was invented by Ray Tomlinson, a pioneering American software developer, in 1971), people continue to struggle with using it.
Many users wrestle with the basics, such as how to write an effective subject line.   The subject line, of course, may very well determine if the e-mail gets opened and read and it’s important to keep it short, concise, …

The Case of the Low Hanging Fruit: Why Achieving Herd Immunity Will Take Time, If It Happens at All

The good news is that 50% of Americans are vaccinated, the bad news is that getting the rest to roll up their sleeves may be impossible.
An astounding figure, almost 50% of Americans – over 114 million – have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine since inoculations began in December of last year, a figure bested only by a few countries, including Israel and the United Kingdom.
The vaccination …

Review and Test Drive: The 2021 Volvo 90 Series – Volvo S90 and XC90 Recharge T8 eAWD Inscription

We were as excited as a group of auto writer can be when we welcomed the first of the Volvo 90 Series vehicles – a 2016 Volvo XC90 T6 AWD R-Design – into our short-term press fleet in the spring of 2016.  That was followed – in the winter of 2017 – with the arrival of a 2017 model year Volvo S90 T6 sedan and a trip to drive the …

Review: ‘Blindness’ at the Daryl Roth Theatre – A Sound-and-Light Piece for the Pandemic Age

It was an odd thing, preparing for my first foray into a theater yet I was now entering one with (gasp!) other theatergoers.  Indeed, the Daryl Roth Theatre, which is presenting an audio adaptation of the novel “Blindness” with no live actors, has  made the experience pandemic-proof. Instead of actors on stage, the audience listens, via sanitized binaural headphones, to a story narrated by the British actress and Olivier winner …

Review and Test Drive: The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E is ‘the EV Generation’s Pony Car’

Remember the original pony car, the 1965 Ford Mustang?  The term for a then new class of automobile, a pony car had sporty yet affordable performance and it could carry four people. In addition, a pony car would have a long hood and short rear deck and, most important, have visceral appeal and tug at the buyer’s emotions.
Of course, back in 1964, when the Mustang made its debut, vehicle manufacturers …

Theater Review: ‘Party Line’ – Your Corona Life is Calling

Every night from March 8 through March 15, my telephone rang at precisely 8 p.m. The line crackled, and there were sounds of electromechanical switching and MF or multi-frequency tone signaling. An intercept message played:  “You have reached a number that has been disconnected or no longer in service.”  Suddenly, there was a lone still voice: “Everything is bothering me,” Sophie (Ellen Walz) tells someone, Megan (Chris Padro) as  we learn it …

Covid and Travel: There Is Light at the End of the Tunnel, But the CDC Won’t Tell You About It (Yet)

If you found something missing last week when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued guidance saying that those who had received both of their Covid-19 inoculations could socialize with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or maintaining their distance, you weren’t alone.
Immediately upon reading the guidance as well as our news brief on the topic, my mind went to travel.  Riding in an airplane is safer …