A Book about Organizational Change from a Favorite Scholar

One of my favorite scholars to read and to talk with in the field of technical and professional communication is Brenton D. Faber. I used his article on what it means to be “professional” communication for my first major publication, and for my dissertation, which focuses on women’s agency within large organizations, I used his book Community... Continue Reading →

How My Spanish Ancestors Ended Up in the United States

From as early as I can remember, I was taught to be proud of my Spanish heritage. My siblings and I all have Spanish middle names. “You are a quarter Spanish,” my mother would always say. My dad would teach me words and phrases, and Spanish colors and numbers were a regular part of my... Continue Reading →

A Trip to Ireland

Last week, my husband and I were in Ireland. We visited because I had been accepted at an academic conference in Limerick. In fact, the paper I submitted with my colleague Breeanne ended up winning the Hayhoe Fellow Award, or the award for the best graduate student paper. We spent a day in Dublin. We... Continue Reading →

The Beauty of Friendship and Books

Over the last two years, I've had the opportunity to work in some archives in Salt Lake City on a women's history project. This internship has resulted in some interesting research projects for me on women, technical communication, and communication design. My formal assignment is to do research for a team of women working on... Continue Reading →

A Post-Halloween Trick

My ten-year-old daughter's substitute teacher asked her what she was going to be for Halloween.  My daughter responded, "Lucy Ricardo, from I Love Lucy." The substitute responded, "Hmm. I'm not familiar with that." What?!?!? "How old is this lady?" I asked my daughter. "I don't know. . . . She has white hair." "Has she... Continue Reading →

A History of Domestic Advice

From Catharine Beecher to Martha Stewart: A Cultural History of Domestic Advice (2002) by Sarah A. Leavitt intrigued me from the moment I first found it on the shelves of my university library. I was working on a research paper about the female inventor of the dishwasher and communication, which I recently presented in Vienna,... Continue Reading →

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