Sunday Bulletin – scraps and links 5-25-08


Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 28 – the second 24-Hour Read-a-Thon begins at 9 AM PDT (or your equivalent local time). You can participate as a Reader or a Cheerleader, and help raise funds for Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), an organization that provides children with books. Visit Dewey for more information!



NaComLeavMo: More Conversation Than You Can Shake a Stick at

Did you sign up for NaComLeavMo? The official participant list closed yesterday, but the big event starts today, and you can still join in even if it’s “off the record.” Just leave 5 comments a day and return one comment a day between May 25 and June 25; click the NaComLeavMo link above for all the details.


I’ve mentioned the E-Mail Book Club at before, but if you haven’t checked it out yet, here’s an incentive: Suzanne is holding her annual “Write a ‘Dear Reader’ Column” contest. There are all sorts of great prizes, plus the opportunity to share your writing with over 300,000 daily subscribers. Find out more at Suzanne‘s blog, and see the contest guidelines here.


The Park Bench‘s “Nerd (Iron) Man of the Month” for May is Robert Downey, Jr. (Yeah, I voted for him; have you seen the movie?)

New in Google Reader this week:

Manager Mom, via Good Mom/Bad Mom “BS (Blog Share) Sunday” (hey, I like their title better than mine!)

Odd Time Signatures, via Twitter, and featuring a post on the value of Twitter

What Was I THINKING? via Mid-Century Modern Moms

Tapdancing on the Edge of Reason

Savvy Working Gal, another member of the Blogging Accountants’ Club

Random reading:

This isn’t usually what I mean by “random reading,” but thanks to Somer at SomeReads (and her husband) for the TBR Randomizer. Can’t decide what to read next? Type in some titles, and let the Randomizer choose for you!

I didn’t participate in last week’s Weekly Geeks challenge – books about social issues – but it inspired this post about education reform.

If your blog ever reflects anything about your life, at some point you have to consider the privacy question – and more.

One comment in this post (a 24-year-old interviewing her 17-year-old brother about the Democratic candidates) stood out for me: “We learn in (high school) history about the 1950s ‘cult of domesticity’ and it seems like nothing has changed (emphasis added).” OK, does anyone else see something wrong there?

The history of a sports fan (most of which I personally witnessed); and although I’m not sure how many people who read here are big on baseball and (especially) college football, if you are, please check out Chris and James at Left Field Bluffs. (Yes, I’m pimping my son’s blog in hopes that it will encourage these guys to post more often!)

If you’re still decompressing from the end of American Idol Season 7, relive the glory of the season finale (well, it was glorious for us David Cook fans, anyway – not all of whom are cougars, by the way) – or just imagine it, that’s even better (thanks to SoCal Mom for that last link).

Hope you’re enjoying your weekend, especially if it includes tomorrow!

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  1. Hi Florinda,
    Thanks for all the interesting links. I read your post on education reform, it was very good. Like the others and you yourself I will agree that women’s rights issues are not controversial. Expecially since we comprise half of the world’s population and yet own less than 10 percent of the wealth. There is a long ways to go for equality.

  2. Thanks for the links, Florinda!

    I love the idea of a Read-a-Thon, but I just don’t have the energy I once did of staying up all night reading. I know you don’t have to technically, but I’d want to. I do like watching everyone’s progress though!

    I love the idea of the TBR Randomizer! Haha

    I am still celebrating David Cook’s win. I’ve seen several seasons of American Idol now (missed two of them, I think) and I’ve never been as excited about a winner as I am for David Cook.

    I hope you have a good weekend too!

  3. Jaimie – I really wish I would have written that post, but I think Tasses said it all very well and I agree with nearly every point she made.

    Literary Feline – I may sign up as a Cheerleader for the Read-a-Thon, but I know I can’t stay awake and read for 24 hours either. I do like to help get the word out, though – I think Dewey has some great ideas for building up the book-blogging community.

    I actually used the TBR Randomizer to pick the book I’m reading right now! I’m sure you’d find it very handy :-D.

    Still smiling about David Cook’s AI win over here, too.

  4. Hi Florinda,
    Thanks for highlighting my blog. Reading shout-outs from other bloggers is how I have stumbled upon the majority of blogs I currently read. I originally found your blog when Karen Burns highlighted your “The Office Gift Exchange” post last December on her Working Girl blog. Once I realized you were also a short (I am not quite 5’1”) accountant who loves to read I was hooked.

  5. SWG – Good to make your acquaintance! Like you, I find most blogs via links from other blogs I read, but I found yours via my own stats tracker. (I always like learning how other people find me.) We short, reading, blogging accountants have to stick together!

  6. I’d be lucky if I could stay up for four hours while reading. 🙂 It’s an interesting idea. Did you sign up forbthe “Dear Reader” thing? Good luck if you did. I think you’d do a good job if you got the chance to post there.

  7. Mike – I haven’t decided if I’m going to enter the “Dear Reader” contest or not. I’ve thought about it for the last couple of years, but either haven’t gotten around to it or am deterred by the word limit (I think it’s under 400, and you know I get long-winded :-)). Thanks for the vote of confidence, though!

  8. Somer – It definitely is a great tool, and I will surely use it again; I’ve got some vacation reading to plan :-)!