Reporting on Book Blogger Con for She Posts!

One of my favorite things at BEA was making introductions between bloggers. I just think it’s rude not to make introductions when someone comes up to join a conversation already in progress; and when I’m introducing one blogger to another, it’s so much fun to see the spark of recognition when they realize that they already do know one another via their writing. And I’m the non-niche book blogger who was asked to moderate the […]

Week-End Review: Does it count if I haven’t been around all week?

Week-End Review: Does it count if I haven’t been around all week?

The following recap of my week is brought to you by Friday Fill-Ins 1. For me, it was one busy week! Between work, physical-therapy appointments, preparing for the panel I’m moderating at the Book Blogger Convention next month (!), and making some necessary changes to my eating and exercise habits, I’ve gotten very little reading done since last weekend’s Readathon and almost no blogging. You may have noticed. Or maybe not. But it may be […]

Week-End Review: The "hey, where did she go?" edition (no fooling!)

Week-End Review: The "hey, where did she go?" edition (no fooling!)

I know, I celebrated a blogiversary and a birthday last month…and then I disappeared! It wasn’t intentional – in fact, it was a surprise to me too. I had plans to work on some post drafts and spend a good amount of time reading during my extended Birthday Weekend, but…well, you know how it goes with plans sometimes. I wound up using that time for some housecleaning and shopping instead, and once I returned to […]

Week-End Review: Friendly Words and Four-part Linkage

Week-End Review: Friendly Words and Four-part Linkage

Have you had Words with your Friends yet?  A few weeks ago, my son told me he’d downloaded the Words With Friends game for his iPhone, but since I didn’t have a smartphone of my own at the time, I was unable to do anything with that bit of information. That changed last Friday. Words With Friends was one of the first apps I got for my brand-new iPhone (free with ads, but there’s an […]

Week-end Review: The Friday Fives

Week-end Review: The Friday Fives

Five I found: Do you believe these dozen truths of social media? Are you “writing reviews,” or “sharing your thoughts” about the books you read? Also, this author says: a good review may not necessarily be the best review Got bookstores? Megan’s call from the land of the bookshop-deprived: Don’t take them for granted! Meanwhile, Chris suggests that book-borrowing may have benefits for booksellers too. It never rains in SoCal: a native debunks that and […]

Week-End Review: Fill-ins, Facebook, and Finds on Friday

Week-End Review: Fill-ins, Facebook, and Finds on Friday

Friday Fill-Ins 2011-8 1. Ooooh, I have just over a week left wearing the Ultrasling!. 2. The Academy Awards-related street-closure traffic jam around my office – I can’t stand it! 3. How the heck did I end up with so many books in TBR Purgatory? 4. The orthopedist’s office is NOT one of my favorite places to visit. 5. I’m not a helpless one-armed invalid, I’m not! 6. If it’s covered in chocolate it has […]

Week-End Review: Friday Fives, plus a quizzical bonus

Week-End Review: Friday Fives, plus a quizzical bonus

Five things to tell you: I went back to the office for three days this week (worked at home the other two, since I didn’t have transportation). I’ve found I’m productive in different ways in each space. On my second day back, I invited you to my workplace and asked for your help – a simple online vote – to get a new program off the ground. If you haven’t done that, there’s still time… […]

Week-End Review: 5 for Friday, and a few more

Week-End Review: 5 for Friday, and a few more

Five things about my week: After two weeks of resting and recuperating, I went back to work this week, but I didn’t actually go to work – telecommuting FTW! Monday was very tiring and my shoulder was feeling it on Tuesday. Wednesday was better, but by yesterday my energy was pretty well used up. The only real drawback I find to telecommuting is that data travels very slowly between my computer and the remote server. […]

Week-End Review: 5 things from me, and 5 (links) for Friday

Week-End Review: 5 things from me, and 5 (links) for Friday

Five things from me: Looks like things are going well 2 weeks post-shoulder surgery! The incisions are healing nicely and the X-rays look good. I’ve been given two new exercises to do 2-3 times per day. Otherwise, I’m to stay in the sling and basically try to forget I even have a right arm for another 4-5 weeks, and I see the ortho again on February 21, exactly one month after the surgery. Aside from […]

For Whymommy: Help for cancer survivors needing lymphedema sleeves

For Whymommy: Help for cancer survivors needing lymphedema sleeves

I met Susan Niebur for the first time at BlogHer’09 in Chicago, but I already knew who she was – blogger, mom, planetary scientist, and cancer survivor. When Susan was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) – the least common and most deadly form of the disease – in 2007, fellow bloggers rallied around, forming Team Whymommy to support her in her battle against it. She won…that time. She had a recurrence of the cancer […]

Week-End Review: Links & Whatnot

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 How Liberal Or Conservative Are […]

Week-End Review: Links & Whatnot, Ides of October edition

Week-End Review: Links & Whatnot, Ides of October edition

Whatnot, just ’cause: I’m still over here waving my purple banner for Alzheimer’s – my Memory Walk is next Saturday, October 23 – but can’t forget that October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Given the abundance of pink ribbons on all sorts of products in the stores right now, I’m sure you can’t forget it either. But think before you pink – some of the companies that practice “cause marketing” this month are actually […]

Orphans (an introduction)

Orphans (an introduction)

This essay was originally written for the now-shuttered Los Angeles Moms Blog in the spring of 2009. After a little editing, I submitted it to TheSmartlyLA, and it was recently posted there – but it’s never appeared here until now.  It seems surprising that anyone would be surprised by the death of an elderly person – did I mention she was eighty-five? – and yet, her death did surprise everyone. As her youngest son said […]

Puppy Fever (an introduction)

Puppy Fever (an introduction)

I keep forgetting to tell y’all that I’m a contributor to TheSmartlyLA. It’s part of a new group of regionally organized writing sites (plus one “geo-neutral” one for writers outside those localities, and a forthcoming “anonymous” site), and its focus is the writing. I’m posting there twice a month. My first couple of pieces for TheSmartlyLA were based heavily on posts I’d done over here, but this recent one is all-new: She turned up in […]

Week-End Review goes to the Movies (& comes back with some links)

Week-End Review goes to the Movies (& comes back with some links)

Last Weekend (movie) Reviews: Twofer at the Theater Iron Man 2Action/Drama, 2010Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth PaltrowDirector: Jon Favreau While “origin stories” are interesting, I’ve found that when it comes to certain movie franchises, I like the sequels more. We know how the hero became who he (or she) is, and now we can just watch them do their thing. This is especially gratifying when the hero is facing a strong and equally intriguing nemesis […]