Lantern of thought

Posted by Colleen on August 31, 2023 in Blog


It’s hard to find

Posted by Colleen on January 14, 2023 in Blog

The truth


Who knew? Well, I knew

Posted by Colleen on February 13, 2022 in Blog



Ouch. When you index a book about your own sorry self

Posted by Colleen on January 19, 2022 in Blog


Pattern and efficiency are human needs

Posted by Colleen on November 22, 2020 in Blog

The Curious History of Alphabetical Order
By Judith Flanders

That we have acquired so much knowledge is astounding; that we have devised ways to find what we need to know quickly is what merits this original and impressive book.

Deirdre Mask, NYT


They’re part of who I am

Posted by Colleen on March 20, 2020 in Blog

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“I’m sitting here staring at my old friends on the shelves,” said Prof. Baron, whose research shows there are lots of reasons people still feel attached to the printed-and-bound word. “Books are part of your personal history. They’re mementos from trips you took. They’re part of who you were. I am looking at my Gothic dictionary, from a class I took when I was in graduate school. Do I ever use this dictionary? No. But just looking at the spine reminds me of the time when I was a student and learning exotic things,” she said. (Michelle Slatalla, Wall Street Journal, 3/20/20)

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You can’t use what you can’t find

Posted by Colleen on January 6, 2020 in Blog

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Happy anniversary to CDI

Posted by Colleen on May 14, 2019 in Blog

There were 300 mugs like this in May 2004 when Colleen Dunham Indexing was incorporated in Seattle Washington. The intention was to do freelance indexing for six months or so.

Fifteen years later we’re still at it — just one mug left but we’re still mapping that world of words.

Thanks for the work, all you editors out there. Here’s to the next 15!



Buon anno

Posted by Colleen on January 2, 2019 in Blog

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NYT picks for best books of 2018

Posted by Colleen on November 29, 2018 in Blog

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