Swet Columns

Beginning as We Mean to Go On

by Doreen Simmons

Somnolent Aunt Eva arouses herself to ruminate on a problem of status, real and apparent. How can we avoid projecting the wrong image, especially when even our own preconceptions are working against us?

 

Dear Aunt Eva,

(Or should that be “Ms Hartupp”? You see, I’ve suddenly become sensitive about handles.) But I’m jumping into the middle... more

Beyond Word Processing

Dr. Kevin Cleary, SWET member and lecturer in computers and accounting at Sophia University, talked to a small but enthusiastic group of SWET members about some of the power of modern technology, Cleary’s explanations of other ways of using computers productively were very welcome indeed.

 

Cleary introduced himself by saying that although he had been aware of... more

The Finagle Factor

by Doreen Simmons

This time our lovable old tabby takes a rather jaundiced look at the great “Finagle Factor” of Japan: that which, added to any equation, makes it come out in the speaker’s favor. In other words, how do we cope with people who are always right?

 

Dear Aunt Eva,

I am a professional sub-editor, and as a... more

Shortcomings of Applicants

by Doreen Simmons

Chivalrous Aunt Eva is usually asked to take up cudgels on behalf of the browbeaten employee against an arrogant or unappreciative client. This time, however, she takes a sympathetic but practical look from the other side, at the problems encountered by people who for the first time in their lives are confronted with the knowledge of their own... more

Rewriting at Home

by Doreen Simmons

A recent thread on SWET-L (and if you don’t belong to SWET’s own mailing list, you’re missing out on a useful free resource) sparked much kindly and practical advice. Now, nobody is more kindly and practical than lovable Aunt Eva, and here are her own thoughts on the subject. The original request is used with permission.

 

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Aunt Eva Redux: Burnt Out?

by Doreen Simmons

Benevolent Aunt Eva, who recently had the pleasure of seeing off her severest critic when he was transferred to a place more suited to his talents, finds it a little difficult to relate to a problem that seems to come from the inside, but has to get back into the saddle somehow.

 

Dear Aunt Eva,

OK,... more