Following are links to professional resources that may be of interest:
Alaska Press Women (APW) www.akpresswomen.com -- I have been a member of Alaska Press Women (there are men members, too) since 1971. APW is an affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women: www.nfpw.org
I joined the Society for Technical Communication (STC) www.stc.org in 1993, while I was doing technical writing and editing in California.
The Bay Area Editors' Forum, to which I have belonged since 1999, offers excellent monthly forums and networking opportunities for those living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area: www.editorsforum.org/
For those interested in Alaska, following are a few links that offer insight and information:
For information about the State of Alaska (government): www.state.ak.us/
For information about the Municipality of Anchorage: www.muni.org/homepage/index.cfm
A direct connection to the Anchorage Daily News: www.ADN.com
For a look at downtown Anchorage (via a constantly updating Web cam): www.camera.touchngo.com/
For information about Alaska Natives: www.nativefederation.org/
For information about Alaska's critters: www.state.ak.us/local/akpages/FISH.GAME/notebook/notehome.htm
For predictions on auroral displays (that's the Northern Lights): www.gi.alaska.edu/cgi-bin/predict.cgi
For information about earthquakes in Alaska (and where I report 'em when I feel 'em): pasadena.wr.usgs.gov/shake/ak/
For details about the weather where I live in Eagle River (from the nearby Birchwood reporting station): www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/getForecast?query=99577
Finally, here are the links to Web sites of other members of my family:
My older son Kent is a graphic designer and illustrator: www.kentlew.com
My younger son Mark is a musician and commentator on some unusual subject matter: http://home.earthlink.net/~markdlew/lib/
Kent's wife, Carol, is an artist specializing in classic pet portraits: www.kentlew.com/carol
This site has photographs of my first grandchild, Clarice Leslie Nicholas, born July 2, 2001: www.KarenLLew.com/Clarice/
Look It Up!
When we were kids and asked our parents questions about spelling or punctuation or grammar, frequently the answer we'd get was "Look it up!" I am in the process of creating a series of Look It Up files, which will be added to this site as they are completed. Look It Up! topics will cover, in a simple format, a number of those pesky questions, such as similar words and homonyms (e.g., ensure, insure, assure), when to use which and when to use that (or who and whom, he and him, etc.), using commas (and a few other punctuation marks appropriately). I welcome your comments or suggestions for additions.
Check back now and then for the latest additions (although I make no promises about when they will appear).