Owning our history

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Yesterday I went off on a rant about Ben Affleck and about his (successful) attempt to rewrite his personal history on a TV show called Finding Your Roots. I was outraged, livid that someone with a little bit of power would choose to abuse it in such a way to omit the parts of his history.  I’m still annoyed and now of course with word of his actions getting out he looks like an even bigger jackass.

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Prompted (although not so promptly published) Post

Today’s challenge for Blogging 101 is to blog from a prompt.  Mine was “Bittersweet Memories” and the prompt was to talk about a gift I received that made me nostalgic and why.

My most treasured gift came from my aunt Shelley.  It was a wedding gift. My aunt sent me a keepsake recipe book, filled with old pictures and copies of the index cards my grandmother kept her recipes on.  I keep it with all recipeof my other cherished family memories, the recipes copied onto my own index cards or copied so the book stays pristine. There were so many wonderful family pictures, interspersed with some of our family favorite recipes, from her to die for dinner rolls to her amazing Swiss steak or homemade chili sauce. This cookbook had them all.  One day I’ll even make her homemade pickles (even though I’m not a pickle fan).

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Day Eight: Be a Good Neighbor

Stuff-I-Like-2Today’s challenge…  leave comments on at least four blogs that you’ve never commented on before.

Challenge accepted.  While I’m at it here are a few of the great blogs I’ve found on WordPress.

http://iambeggingmymothernottoreadthisblog.com/  Hilarious observations on life, love and fashion from one of my favorite writers.

http://postsecret.com/  Who knew that Postsecret was on WordPress?!  I’ve loved them for years, if you haven’t checked them out you should.  It will bring you a range of emotions and leave you wanting more.

http://presentsprosepolitesse.com/  A new find for me, really liking both the writing and the subject matter!

Prettying up the joint

Days Six and Seven of the Blogging 101 course were sort of completed earlier when I was fleshing out the site a bit and adding a more thorough ‘About’ page than the one that said simply “here I am saying something clever about myself”.   For day Seven’s challenge I added a few more header images from photographs I’ve taken and set the theme to randomly use them.  That should break up the monotony!

I LOVED Mr. Rogers!

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Day 3 of blogging 101 and it’s time to meet the neighbors (or neighbours for you non-US folks).

Firstly, I have to say how much I’ve enjoyed getting to know this group through your posts and your comments.  I really appreciate how supportive this little community is, and I’m frankly a little embarrassed by how fast my attitude has changed from “I’m just writing this blog for myself” to “omg comments!  weeee!  I LOOOOVE comments!”.  I swear to blog I’ll not attention whore myself… much. Writers do love feedback though and I really am trying to make more of an effort to comment (and reply). My problem is I’m a lurker.  There, I’ve said it.

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What’s in a name?

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet

I’m almost embarrassed to say I own over 20 domain names, all of them started with some great idea for a blog or website which eventually lost steam. All of them started as some clever idea, something I found appealing, few of them have turned into anything more than parked domains. Ask any marketing guru and they’ll tell you your domain name is but one part of the marketing juggernaut that helps to sell YOU, your brand.

How do you ‘brand’ yourself? 

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