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Life’s Treasures

People across the United States are celebrating Thanksgiving this week. Among the traditions of this national holiday are eating feasts, watching grand parades, contributing time and money to those who are less fortunate among us, and thinking about all we are grateful for. We think especially of people and things we often overlook or take for granted in our busy days.

Our former web designer, Diane Varner, spends time each morning looking closely at things we overlook. And she photographs them so that any of us who take a moment to visit her photo blog can share her experience of daily thanksgiving.

Visiting Diane’s blog, you will find rich gifts of nature: Thick, wet fog. Chattering seagulls. Patient, devoted dogs. Majestic streams of light. Fading leaves. Preening buds. Big, insistent skies. Surf.

Take a break from business writing. Give thanks for the splendid stuff of life. You won’t even have to leave your computer.

But after seeing Diane’s photos, you may want to get out and savor the world for yourself.


Posted by Lynn Gaertner Johnson
By Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston has helped thousands of employees and managers improve their business writing skills and confidence through her company, Syntax Training. In her corporate training career of more than 20 years, she has worked with executives, engineers, scientists, sales staff, and many other professionals, helping them get their messages across with clarity and tact.

A gifted teacher, Lynn has led writing classes at more than 100 companies and organizations such as MasterCard, Microsoft, Boeing, Nintendo, REI, AARP, Ledcor, and Kaiser Permanente. Near her home in Seattle, Washington, she has taught managerial communications in the MBA programs of the University of Washington and UW Bothell. She has created a communications course, Business Writing That Builds Relationships, and provides the curriculum at no cost to college instructors.

A recognized expert in business writing etiquette, Lynn has been quoted in "The Wall Street Journal," "The Atlantic," "Vanity Fair," and other media.

Lynn sharpened her business writing skills at the University of Notre Dame, where she earned a master's degree in communication, and at Bradley University, with a bachelor's degree in English. She grew up in suburban Chicago, Illinois.

One comment on “Life’s Treasures”

  • Wow, Lynn. I am really touched. Thank you so very much. I can’t say it enough…you are truly a pleasure to work with but more importantly, a blessing to know. Happy Thanksgiving!

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