On to better topics...
Next two upcoming Hump Days are planned, thanks to Two Square Meals and Lawyer Mama! Thanks you two!
Two Square Meals was inspired by my Twitter Do or Don't post and suggested for next week (2-6): What are the ethics and mores of social media and social networking? (If you don't think you use social media or networking, think again. You are online, you use it or it uses you, or both. Bloggers you read review products, or you do that yourself. There is an interchange and exchange of linking, passing along of awards, "digging" or "skirting" posts, trading back and forth of comments, community building, and so forth. What is this online space for you? How do you use it? What do you expect of it, in all realms? What behavior---business or personal--crosses a line in your opinion? What are the lines? Write honestly about what this space is for you and what you believe the ethics and mores are.)
Curious? Go check in with Laura Mayes...hi Laura! You rock! Hope you don't mind I point a lot of people your way. It's just that you can speak the language of the people on the social media topic.
Lawyer Mama was inspired by my 27 Dresses post and suggested for the following week (2-13): Are people we know fair fodder for writing? People in our real lives? People we know or read online? Other bloggers? Things we read, such as blog posts, emails, news stories, etc? Are other people and the things they do fair fodder for our blogs (or other writing)? How do you handle writing about people? People you know in real life? people you know online? What are your criteria for discussing the people who affect you? Have you ever dealt with someone finding themselves in your writing and reacting (in any way)? Share with us your ethics and mores as a writer, when it comes to characterizing others.
Please? Oh please? Won't you check "show my email address" in your profile? Sometimes you say things that are really interesting and I want to reply offline to you. I do like to reply within comments in general, but now and again, you say something and I just want a brief confab mano a mano.
Also, would you please make sure it's obvious which blog is your main blog, where people ought to come visit you if we just met...in case you have multiple blogs. Please?
While I'm bending your ear, I want to plug again for the visually disabled and dyslexics and ask you to reconsider that word verification thing. I understand the desire to protect your blog and control comments, especially prevent spam. But I want to assure you that the filters are very good and generally control the spam. The other way to control comments that don't make it tough for commenters to comment is to enable comment moderation (where you approve comments before posting them). It does mean comments don't go up in real time, but I don't think that's so very important in this medium, especially if you have security concerns. Consider it?
We go to the oncologist today. We are beginning to adjust to this as the reality, now. I'm trying to remain optimistic, especially after a great conversation with my vet, who is feeling hopeful. Do not mistake this: cancer is a fatal disease. This cancer (adenocarcinoma) is particularly fatal. It's aggressive with a nearly 100% rate of recurrence. We can't cure it. We can buy time. I'm also glad to know that it won't be particularly painful or wasting.
Supportive comments ONLY welcome on this topic. My dog, his health and our choices therein are NOT subject to debate or criticism.
The marvelous Ewe and fantabulous Slouching Mom are passing along the Mwah, which is an expression of gratitude for commenters.
I am especially grateful to you, all of you. Your support when we got the news about my dog was overwhelming, and the amazing comments, contributions, opinions and discussions you bring are...well, let's just say you make this blog. So many, many thanks. I read all the comments and try (want to) reply to all. (So turn on your email my friends!)
I was pretty flattered and delighted to see that CNN had picked up my blog for their health and family section this week. Just in case Dwight is listening: I'm not feeling the love from you this week. Is it that I don't bring you flowers any more?
Melissa is the bomb!
Last night Melissa opened up a live blogging event at her blog to enable discussion during the Democratic debate. We had a good group of participants, from many sides of many fences. Robert, Ellie, EE, Melissa, and her husband...my husband and I enjoyed being able to share comments and questions. Thanks!
I think that's all...
But I reserve the right to suddenly remember something later on...
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