For this issue, we asked our contributors, “What’s the best thing anyone ever taught you to do?” Click on the pictures below for their answers, and for links to their individual websites.


Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne

Ann: Best thing anyone ever taught me: in tenth grade English, Connie Culpepper instructed me: “Avoid adverbs. Usually.”

Kay: Ann and I both attach great significance to the moment when our dear mothers taught us How to Iron a Shirt. It’s not so much knowing how to iron a shirt (although that is useful indeed), but learning that there is a Right Way to do everything, or most everything, and that we were put here on earth to try to do things right. Usually.