The Home Row Blog

News, notes and ramblings
from the Home Row team


Godwin’s Law

January 2, 2013

Godwin’s Law says that the longer an online conversation goes, no matter the subject or intent of the original thread that someone eventually will evoke Hitler or Nazis. Have we not learned anything about history and peace?

Our Intern Seeks a Cure to Writer’s Block

August 8, 2012

Home Row Intern Kathryn Brill reports in from a summer program in Paris. We can all learn from a change of scenery. August 8, 2012 Conventional wisdom has it that if you want to be inspired, you should go somewhere new. This is part of the reason why I applied to a four-week creative writing […]

Abbott’s Booby and other literary thoughts for 2012

January 4, 2012

New words from the OED and a new voice for the Library of Congress are just two interesting new finds for 2012.

Top whatever lists for 2011

December 21, 2011

by Sharon Ritchey don’t know if it’s possible to categorize awesomeness but somehow we try. In our land of plenty of everything we try to discern the good from the bad and great from the just o.k. Enter the top whatever list. It could be top 10, top 100, pick a number. I love these […]

Writers Need to Write – A Guest Posting

July 6, 2011

By Kathryn Brill July 6 2011 I’ve wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember, but I’ve always been a little fuzzy on the details of making that happen. I always sort of assumed that there was a set path to becoming a writer, in the same way that there’s a […]

Is Self Publishing a Book Right for You?

April 28, 2011

April 28, 2011 Posted By Sharon Ritchey Fedex delivered a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin champagne and a book to my office last Tuesday. And while I love champagne, it was the book I was most eager to open. A Smile Never Hurts, One Woman’s Story, by my client Pat Powers Rothacker  has been close […]

Local Newspapers Are Hitting the Content Sweet Spot

April 16, 2011

April 16, 2011 by Sharon J. Ritchey I won’t add my thoughts to the decline of newspaper readership. There are plenty of pundits who follow this issue more closely than I care. But I have to say that over the past six months I have started to pay more attention to my local newspapers, the […]

The Call to Action of Breakfast

March 9, 2011

March 9, 2011 Posted by Sharon Ritchey I’ve been writing a lot of ads lately and I have recently finished an online copy writing course through Writer’s University. And as most people realize, when you begin to pay attention to something you become hyper focused on it. For example, if you have ever gone car […]

An Homage to Frozen Food and Writing

March 3, 2011

March 6 marks a celebratory day in my writing career. It’s national Frozen Food Day. No, I don’t celebrate with ice cream and pizza. I stop and reflect how frozen food and specifically the international magazine Quick Frozen Foods International taught me a great deal about writing and caring about an industry. Way back in […]

Why Communication Matters

February 5, 2011

After 25 years of marriage the importance of communication is learned. It’s a lesson we can use in business and in life.



What is the home row?

The home row is the center row of keys on the keyboard "A,S,D,F,J,K,L,;" When students are taught how to become touch typists (typing without looking at the keys) they begin with their hands resting on the home row. The left hand rests on the "A,S,D,F" keys and the right hand on the "J,K,L,;" keys. From this position the other keys can be reached.