Author: ctillson

I’m a fixer, so it makes sense that my favorite quote is the one most often attributed to Edmund Burke: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” “All that is necessary for …

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Lighthouses always make me think of going to the beach with my family on summer vacation, so I join with many others in celebrating the hardworking, ever popular, and often mysterious history of lighthouses on this National Lighthouse Day. If …

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With much of the country in the throes of a national heat wave, I expect that celebrations of National Ice Cream Day (the third Sunday in July—which as it happens is National Ice Cream Month) were at an all-time high …

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There’s not just one way to do the right thing—it’s different for each of us. But we all know when someone does the right thing—and when they don’t. I’ll give you a couple of examples. The Right Thing: Holding the …

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Experts say that the third grade is a kind of tipping point for reading. The research is clear: if children cannot read proficiently by the end of third grade, they face daunting hurdles to success in school and beyond. (“10 …

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This week I was reminded that I need to look up more–a lot more. If I’d been looking up on Wednesday, I would have seen fireworks. I love fireworks. This is probably the first 4th of July ever that I …

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It’s not the worst apology I’ve heard. He took responsibility. He seems committed to making amends and trying to make it doesn’t happen again. And he actually said the words  (“I’m really sorry this happened…”), which is more than we’ve …

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If Microsoft’s “Tay-bot” artificial intelligence (AI) experiment can turn an innocent chatbot into a racist in less than 24 hours on Twitter, how long can we expect a soft, illogical humanoid to last? In his article, “Artificial intelligence doesn’t have …

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“This is the first time I ever met a real author!” The excitement of the third-graders at Virginia Williamson Elementary School in Bolivia, North Carolina was evident as M.C. Tillson handed out 91 copies of her middle-grade chapter book, The …

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Everyone does. At least that’s the word from user experience (UX) design guru, John Madea, who operates in the space where design, technology, and business meet. In his March “2017 Design in Tech Report,” Medea posited that writing is the …

Need a Unicorn? How About a Good Writer? Read More »