Remains of the Day, 6-03-07

I jumped for joy when I listened to the answering machine message that said my kids’ field day has been rained out. Oh – is that the kind of thing I’m supposed to say anonymously for PostSecret?

Oops.

1. Why I’m a Democrat, Reason #1: because I take enormous pride in the basic demographic differences between all the Dem candidates. The lack of difference in demographics between the GOP presidential candidates is pitiful in this day and age. Read about and research Campaign 2008 here.

2. Watched a little of Victor Gold this morning. I love the title of his book, Invasion of the Party Snatchers.

3. Islamic Group Targets Women Newscasters. Based in Gaza.

4. How to Make Sure Your Blog Stays Great. Part I only.

5. Okay. Now here’s a typical thing: I minimized all the items I came across today that I wouldn’t get to, expecting to save them for…now. But then my Firefox quit and I lost them, but not before writing a crib sheet of info on each item I was about to lose. Except now? I can’t figure out what I meant. So when I searched on the words that I had on my crib sheet? Here’s what turned up. Oh well – it’s interesting anyway, but I can’t remember where I first saw it or why I flagged it.

6. This, is AWESOME. The author of this blog wrote me out of the blue, she tells me. And I just love what she seems to be doing. Please, go read and leave a comment if you’re inspired. More grandmothers should be expressing and sharing with us. Thanks, Dorothy.

7. Assessing Legal Risks and Guidelines for Comments, from PoynterOnline. Geared toward newspaper blogs but still good info.

8. Speaking of newspaper blogs, I read Ted Diadiun’s column today (in print, not online!) and he makes a promise:

I spoke with a group of about 80 retired postal workers last week, and when I asked how many of them rely on The Plain Dealer for their news, nearly every hand went up. When I asked how many of them also get their news from the Internet, hardly any hands went up.

So I could blog all day, and some of you would never see it.

But that’s not an excuse – even a lame one – for doing a lousy job with my blog.

At the end of her post-ONO [Organization of News Ombudsmen] column, Howell [ombuds for the Washington Post] promised to “think about” blogging.

At the end of mine, I’ll do better than that: I’ll promise to DO it.

You can find my blog at cleveland.com/weblogs/readers/.

That’s something, because I know Ted knows that some of us will work to keep him to that promise. Here’s his first post since February.

However, what I liked the most about his column today was his review of the Ombuds conference. I belonged to The Ombudsman Association for three years or so while at Bellefaire JCB. I just think the world of people who do that work, even though it differs a bit from how Ted describes it in his column re: newspapers. But, at their core, the groups and the members are about communication and discussion. Two things I really, really like.

Last week of school! Are you ready for the summer!?

5 thoughts on “Remains of the Day, 6-03-07

  1. Puddle – sorry for not responding before now. Your points are well-taken. I have to think about what you’ve asked but off the top of my head, I would say that one’s experience shapes the ideology and so on that one possesses. Will it always reflect 100% of that? No. We’re all capable of learning about and inculcating experiences that we didn’t have as kids or until later in life. But overall? For example? In general, I believe, women, as a general proposition, for example, do a better job for women than men to for women. That is a GENERALIZATION. But, in general, I believe it holds true more often than not.

  2. Jill, I think you put too much stock in a candidate’s demographic profile. In your estimation is there more diversity in ideology/policy/worldview among the Dem candidates or among their Repub counterparts? Which kind of diversity is better for America?

  3. Jill, I think you put too much stock in a candidate’s demographic diversity. In your estimation is there more diversity in ideology/policy/worldview among the Dem candidates or among their Repub counterparts? Which kind of diversity is better for America?

  4. Jill, re: #5 – I suspect it’s because of Lizzie Palmer’s video. You may have seen the same on my blog. It’s a good one. It’s in the sidebar on the left.

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