- A BlogHer Experience of a Different ColorPosted on Monday, July 27th, 2009 in blogging – Comments: (13)I usually try to keep things light around here. Hilarious farming misadventures, terriers, and, of course, loads of coyote poo. I purposely try to restrain myself from getting too political. Because those who know me know that you can get me on political subjects and sometimes it’s questionable if you can get me off them. I toyed with the idea of segregating those rants and posts to a separate blog.
- A Second Look at the Man in the MirrorPosted on Friday, July 3rd, 2009 in Arts & Culture – Comments: (12)So I was planning to resist this whole Michael Jackson sobfest. And here I am putting up my second MJ post in two days. I still have deeply ambivalent feelings about him. Sure, his songs played through my childhood and young adulthood, although I wasn’t a super fan. I even went so far yesterday as to reclaim him from Generation X to his rightful place with those of us sandwiched between the Xers and the Baby Boomers, Generation Jones.
- Help Me Write an Elevator PitchPosted on Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009 in blogging – Comments: (14)I’m starting to get flooded with emails from Blogher offering helpful tips for getting the most out of the Conference. Then I got the one that urged me: “Don’t forget your Elevator Pitch!” Elevator Pitch? For those of you who might not know, this is a succinct pitch (in this case a description of your blog) that can be blurted out between two floors on the elevator.
- In Which I Don’t Quite Become BlogHer BFFs with Tina Brown and The Pioneer Woman, But With the Help of a Friend, Solve Nearly All World ProblemsPosted on Saturday, July 25th, 2009 in blogging – Comments: (18)The BlogHer ’09 Conference has been so jam-packed I’ve barely been able to Twitter, let alone blog. But before we get started, let me first reassure you that it hasn’t been because I was one of the tiara and boa wearing girls passing out drunk in the lobby after way too many cocktails.I met up with a fellow Mount Holyoke College alum last night who is a former Chicago Tribune editor.
- Me and Michael Jackson, We’re Generation JonesPosted on Thursday, July 2nd, 2009 in Arts & Culture – Comments: (15)Since the news has become All Michael Jackson All The Time, it was inevitable, no matter how I tried to resist, that I would have to put up a Michael Jackson post. But this won’t be the one you expect.Full disclosure, I was never a huge fan, so my mind is free to roam, when the subject is Michael Jackson, to other tangentially related topics.
- Michael Jackson is…Michael Jackson Ain’tPosted on Monday, July 6th, 2009 in Arts & Culture – Comments: (18)As California braces for a Michael Jackson funeral concert that they are saying will cost the indebted City of Los Angeles over $2 million dollars, I find myself in an equally ambivalent position. Here I am, who thought I wasn’t a fan, writing my third Michael Jackson post in a week. First I reclaimed him for Generation Jones, then I came to terms with the surprising fact that he did have some relevance to my life.
- Now That’s a Fourth of July!Posted on Saturday, July 4th, 2009 in Sonoma – Comments: (11)The town of Sonoma puts on what every Fourth of July Celebration should be: very local, very small town and everyone who wants to be involved can be. The parade usually kicks off with a Civic Group like the Native Sons of the Golden West holding a huge American flag and ends with the volunteer fire department parading their equipment and blowing their sirens.
- Scotch Andrew Escapes from AlcatrazPosted on Sunday, July 12th, 2009 in my eccentric friends – Comments: (11)It’s some sort of Forties thing. When they hit those birthday numbers, men either have to do something incredibly macho or have an affair. Luckily, our friend Andrew (called “Scotch Andrew” to distinguish him from my Andrew, who is “English Andrew”) decided to do the Alcatraz Challenge. (Of course, if you saw his gorgeous wife, Jan, you’d realize why an affair was not an option.
- The Donny Osmond Post: Where I Out Myself as the Uncoolest Person in AmericaPosted on Thursday, July 9th, 2009 in Arts & Culture – Comments: (25)I have a favorite conversation starter I like to employ at parties. I ask, “Who would I be shocked to find out you admire?” No, I don’t want to hear about how you like Eleanor Roosevelt’s pluck. I’m looking for a Left Wing former hippie to tell me he secretly thinks Sarah Palin rocks. Or a staunch Republican to say he’d love to do beers and shoot hoops with Obama.
- We Will Resume our Regularly Scheduled Programming at a Later DatePosted on Saturday, July 18th, 2009 in dogs – Comments: (9)I keep signing up for NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) which allows you to retake the pledge every month to put up a post a day. Some months are better than others. Even though I wasn’t going to make it for July, I really fell off the rails as of Wednesday. Blame it on a mega Spanish test that had me using my computer only to cram in as many audio sessions as I possibly could.
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Just noticed your Best Hobby Blog nomination. Winemaking, like horsekeeping, is not a hobby, it’s a lifestyle. But I suppose there isn’t a category for that. Nonetheless, I will head over and vote, though I’m a little scared of what I might run into over there. Macrame? Decoupage?