Judy Hagey

Nonfiction Editor ~ Freelance Writer

Flag That

Today is Flag Day in the U.S. Betsy Ross is credited with creating our national emblem despite little historical evidence. But that hasn’t stopped us from setting aside a day to honor the Stars and Stripes—representing the shared ideals and values of disparate states. The use of flags to identify a country or family goes […]

Annoyed? or Aggravated?

If you live in one of the early caucus or primary states, I’d wager you’re growing irritated with the number and tenor of the political ads. If you’re a political junkie, maybe you’re just annoyed by them. If you’ve begun muting them, they’ve clearly become an aggravation. Regardless of your level of distaste with political […]

Earthy? or Euphemism? A Lighthearted Look at Some Fun(ny) Words

While it’s still summer, let’s take some time to explore some of the fun and funnier words in our English language. You know those words that just tickle your tongue and make you wonder, where in the world did that originate? OK, maybe I’m the only one who asks that, but here goes with a […]

Word of the Week – parsimonious

One of the fascinating aspects, and for wordsmiths advantages, of the English language are the multiple synonyms for some words. While they may not all have the same degree of meaning or intensity, they certainly give a writer some options. Take parsimonious, for example. Not familiar with it? How about stingy? Cheap? Tight? Tightwad? Or […]

Word of the Week: duel – dual

The playbill identified the high school student as duel enrolled at the local college. I wanted to check out the school catalog and learn more about this dueling class. It's highly unlikely I'd have found it. It's more likely I would have learned about the policies and procedures governing dual enrollment, a common practice for […]