4 Ways to Learn a Language for Free from a Human

The purpose of learning a language is to communicate with humans.  Not textbooks, not computers, humans.  Don’t get so caught up in your computer and textbooks lessons that you forget about practicing in the world of the living.  So this is where you ask me a very important question: But Sable, why would someone help […] Read more »

4 Free Internet Resources for Learning Languages

The Internet is teaming with resources for language learning, but which ones can you trust not to teach you the wrong things?  Which ones are worth your time?  There are four resources that I heavily recommend.  Each of them has their own advantages but none of them are a complete language problem in themselves.  Use […] Read more »

Guest Blog: Romantic Communication in the Queer Community

A full-time REALTOR® With Keller Williams Realty

The thing about the queer community, is that it is small.  No matter where you live, the community is small.  In a metropolitan area like Madison, the number should be somewhere around 2,500 people.  That is small town small.  Anyone who has tried to live, much less date, in a small town knows that there […] Read more »

4 Basic Steps to Make Your Wedding Your Wedding

Walking down the isle

Yes, I’m giving away trade secrets here.  I believe that everyone has the right to take control of their wedding and have their ceremony reflect their values, their personalities, and the uniqueness of their love.  Sure, there’s the typical ways to accomplish this feat—color schemes, decorations, props, food, cake, and music—but there’s a way that […] Read more »

4 Signs that Your Wedding Ceremony is Sexist

Language as a bridge

Phrasing within wedding ceremonies is being brought into question as heterosexual marriages become more egalitarian and as same-sex marriages continue to build momentum.  Traditional wedding ceremonies were constructed on the premise that women and men had specific and separate duties within the household.  Times are changing.  Yet some ceremonies being performed today have remnants of […] Read more »

“Marriage” is Lost in Translation

Marriage & love as cultural values

Wedding ceremonies tend to begin with defining marriage and love. These definitions make broad statements phrased as universal truths. Despite these implicit claims to universality, definitions of marriage differ across cultures, across time, and even within the same culture and time period. In wedding ceremonies within the United States, marriage has been defined as a […] Read more »

3 Effective Tricks to Improving Newsletters

While frozen inside this winter, my client Nancy started 2014 on the right foot by writing her eNewsletters (or “success stories”) for the year. As she completed each one, she sent them to Simply Stated Consulting for editing. Nancy was an experienced writer, and thus knew how important it is to have a second pair […] Read more »

2 Linguistic Tricks to Optimize Your Goals & Affirmations

Are You Focused on Your Desires?

On Thanksgiving, my dog Roxy escaped her leash and went for an adventure.  Just as my husband was about to catch up with her, Roxy’s powerful nose caught the scent of an 8 point buck.  Instinct set in.  Roxy chased that buck straight out of town.  She wanted that buck more than anything and that […] Read more »