Week-End Review: Links & Whatnot

Who’s ready for Election Day?  I have an election-related post scheduled for Monday, but couldn’t wait till then to get on topic. For starters, which side of the red/blue divide do you fall on?

You Are 35% Conservative, 65% Liberal

Social Issues: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal

Personal Responsibility: 25% Conservative, 75% Liberal

Fiscal Issues: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal

Ethics: 0% Conservative, 100% Liberal

Defense and Crime: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal


For the most part, I agree with the way this came out, but I do wish I knew exactly which questions factored into which scores. I have an uncomfortable feeling that “Ethics: 100% Liberal” could be interpreted as “fast and loose,” and I do NOT think that’s true about my sense of ethics, thank you very much. On the other hand, if making an effort to see more than one side of an issue is “liberal”…well, OK then. Come to think of it, that may explain those 50/50 areas too. 
And while my interest in politics waxes and wanes, I don’t think I’ll ever be interested in actually running for office. With more and more women going for it, though, PunditMom wonders if motherhood is this season’s definitive political qualification. Also: Do differences in personal politics dictate your friendships

But just to prove it’s not all politics as (un)usual around here:

Observations of a would-be WOW (Wise Older Woman) on the changes that come with aging – of your kids; “You might be a helicopter parent if…”  any of these “10 Signs” sound (uncomfortably?) familiar (phrasing totally stolen from Jeff Foxworthy)
Penelope Trunk reflects on the limits created by self-imposed book snobbery; I’ve found that participating in the book-blogging community has broken down some of my own reading limits. Having said that, sometimes being a selective “snob” isn’t such a bad thing: Suebob’s variation on the Life List concept – “Stuff I Never Want to Do Again” – catalogues some “once-in-a-lifetime” experiences that should stay that way.
Speaking of “lifetimes”…what do “reading logs” have to do with fostering a life-long love of reading? (My answer: Nothing good. Probably the opposite, in fact.) Something that would be much more helpful: a new reader’s proposal of “a day to celebrate all authors”!
Even veterans can benefit from a blogging tips refresher every now and then (I’m following one of them right now!)
We’ve had some crazy weather in Southern California lately – days of rain, then a late-October heat wave with Santa Ana winds, and now more cool temperatures and rain forecast again for the weekend. While we’re talking about the weather, who else thought that The Weather Channel was already “reality television”?

And I hope you have lovely weather for your Halloween festivities this weekend!

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