Identify yourself!

Identify yourself!

Take the “What Kind of Blogger Are You?” quiz. Survey says I’m this kind: You Are a Pundit Blogger! Your blog is smart, insightful, and always a quality read.Truly appreciated by many, surpassed by only a few Thanks to verbatim for the link (Karen’s a pundit blogger too!). Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Join 2,306 other subscribers Email […]

Basic skills

Thanks to the aptly-named Busy Mom (she’s everywhere!) for pointing to this link to Popular Mechanics’ list of “25 Skills Every Man Should Know.” Some are traditional, some are more 21st-century high tech. Here’s a sampling: 1. Patch a radiator hose 2. Protect your computer5. Retouch digital photos 6. Back up a trailer 7. Build a campfire10. Use a torque wrench14. Maneuver a car out of a skid 15. Get a car unstuck 16. Back […]

How 28 met 26 (again!)

This is a phrase-completion test based on the following model: 24 H in a D = 24 hours in a day It doesn’t matter if you write the answers in uppercase or lowercase, but the answers must be exactly as expected (no additional intervals or dashes and the spelling must be correct). There is no time limit for this test. Answers will automatically be verified as you type them. Scoring: 1 to 5 is Average, […]

iPod Random Ten 9-14-07

I missed this post last week – took the day off to get ready to go out of town, and didn’t really have the iPod with me. And my car adapter broke last week (sob!), so I can’t listen on my commute right now. (But I’m trying to get smarter in the meantime – keeping the radio on KCRW until I can get a new setup.) “Missing You,” Alison Krauss and John Waite“O What a […]

Parenting and working – in the news

There have been a couple of “media watch” items recently that I’ve been thinking about. Single moms, married moms, “single married moms” – Round 2, and the Babytalk Survey Seems to me that we’ve heard a variation on this theme before…There are some interesting tidbits in a recent survey of moms by Babytalk magazine, as reported by MSNBC. Did you know that nearly 40% of moms today are “officially” single, according to US Census data? […]

In case of emergency – the sequel

More PSA’s, via BlogHer, which is presenting a special feature on emergency preparedness this week: Once your “Ready-to-Stay” and “Ready-to-Go” kits are assembled, you need to know the appropriate circumstances under which to use them. The Department of Homeland Security offers insight on the choice between staying put and evacuating in an emergency: Whether you are at home, work or elsewhere, there may be situations when it’s simply best to stay where you are and […]

Coming soon to a theater near you!

Coming soon to a theater near you!

Tall Paul sent me this link yesterday with the note “He will be in your neighborhood!” I’ll explain that in just a second. BEVERLY HILLS, California (AP) — Jon Stewart will return as host of the Oscars in 2008. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced Wednesday that Jon Stewart will host the 80th awards show February 24 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Oscar telecast producer Gil Cates described Stewart as smart, […]

Bookworms, part 2 – a family thing

Since it’s “Booking Through Thursday,” it seemed like the appropriate time to put this up. This is probably another “preaching to the choir” item, but hey, “reading” is the first of the 3 R’s, so here’s a post from Lifehack.org about making reading a family pastime. I’m lucky to come from, and be part of, a reading family, and this post has some very good suggestions about how to keep that going. It’s possible that, […]

From the government, and here to help

This week’s “Speak Your Mind” essay contest topic/question was: What can your government do to help you as a working mom? I don’t usually get very political here, and in my more cynical moments I’m not sure it’s even worth expecting anything from our government on the domestic-policy front, but I did have a few thoughts to contribute.Since it’s a contest, there’s a prize – the article with the most votes/highest rating wins, and today’s […]

Booking Through Thursday: Comfort Food

Booking Through Thursday: Comfort Food

Okay . . . picture this (really) worst-case scenario: It’s cold and raining, your boyfriend/girlfriend has just dumped you, you’ve just been fired, the pile of unpaid bills is sky-high, your beloved pet has recently died, and you think you’re coming down with a cold. All you want to do (other than hiding under the covers) is to curl up with a good book, something warm and comforting that will make you feel better. What […]

Wiki Wednesday 9-12-07

Time to learn something! 1. Go to Wikipedia.2. Click on “Random article” in the left-hand sidebar box.3. Post it! What are the odds – for the second week in a row, I’ve got a ship story. This one served during the 20th century, though (in “the big one, WW II”): USS Killen (DD-593), a Fletcher-class destroyer, was a ship of the United States Navy named for Edward Killen, who served in the First Barbary War. […]

More parental perspective – a performance evaluation of sorts

“Kids! I don’t know what’s wrong with these kids today…” If you’re trying to understand how kids/young adults can possibly come to the conclusion that it’s a “responsible” choice to move back in with the parents after college, then this article is a must-read (thanks to the Work It blog for the link).Tom McGrath’s Philadelphia Magazine article “Bad Parents” is long, but worthwhile (and I think that title sentiment may be a little strong – […]