Judy Hagey

Nonfiction Editor ~ Freelance Writer

When Settling Doesn’t Mean Settling for Second Best

So, yes, it's been some time since I've posted, but I'd like to think I have good reasons. At least I consider job changes and moves of more than a thousand miles legitimate reasons for throwing me off whatever routine I once had with this blog. It's been an unsettling period of time, which got […]

Jumping the Shark

I wasn’t familiar with the expression jumping the shark when it showed up on my Word-a Day calendar recently. That despite watching the TV show that spawned it, Happy Days. In an attempt to maintain audience interest in the fifth season of the popular show, one episode had Henry Winkler, the lovable Fonz, jumping over […]

Word of the Week – Three for One

With midterm elections just around the corner, you can hardly get through a day without hearing charges of political corruption or wrong doing of some sort—cronyism, nepotism, or junketeering. Would it surprise you to learn that the original meaning of two of those three was positive and not the negative connotation associated with it today? […]

Grammar: I – Me

Warning: You are entering a full-bodied grammar rant zone. I guess I have my mother to thank for being a grammar snob. She was always on our case about using I and me correctly. Frankly, a lot of people today could use a mother like her. Facebook is full of cringe-worthy grammatical faux pas, like […]

Word of the Week – microferroequinologist

There are golf widows and football widows. I’m a microferroequinologist* widow. My husband still plays with trains. As a result, I’ve picked up a bit of railroad history and terminology. Perhaps no single event in the 19th century did more to influence the development, commerce, and transportation of the US than the construction of the […]