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GreenBlog3: Plastic, plastic, plastic January 26, 2008

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Recently a friend said to me, “I know how you hate plastic,” in discussing storage options. Ever since I started using eco-bags for my groceries and other shopping, I’ve learned that it’s not easy being green. But your greenness can also be confusing to your friends and extended family, especially when it comes to green parenting. Apparently, making greener choices for yourself and your family opens you up for a whole host of assumptions that range from you’re a green hypocrite because you’re not “green enough” to thoughts that you’re a “tree-hugging, Birkenstock-wearing, macrobiotic freak.” (My son and I do have Birks. My husband’s not quite there yet, but I’m working on him.) (more…)

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The Decision to Have Children January 26, 2008

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A few of my girlfriends were recently discussing having kids. We’re all in various stages of family expansion: one with two, two of us with one each at different stages of childhood, two who have no children yet, but want them and for various reasons are considering adoption.

I think that most parents (and grandparents alike) tend to get all giddy and excited when we learn that a new babe is entering the lives of our friends or family members. It even happens when we hear about it from acquaintances and strangers, whether the “new arrival” is by birth or through adoption. When one of our friends announced that they had started the adoption process, initially, I was excited and very happy for Adopting Friend and her husband.

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Choices January 23, 2008

Posted by emsgeiss in Green & Frunchy, Humor & Satire, parenting & family, toddlers, writing/editing/blogging.
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My son, who will be two in about two-and-a-half weeks, has been making some interesting decisions lately. They have been unprompted and made completely on his own. I never realized how early decision making starts, even with an undergraduate degree in developmental psychology. As parents, as our little ones grow more autonomous, at some point, we try to encourage their decision-making skills with questions like: “Do you want broccoli or peas?” (more…)

Another AW Blog Leads to Radio Show January 23, 2008

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Back in December 14 of us at Absolute Write participated in blog blitz #5, organized by Laurie (Peregrinas). Among the blogs was Thursdaybram.com, and that week, Thursday was doing series on copyright. I happen to be the host of a little radio show called the Cyber Savvy Show at Passionate Internet Voices Talk Radio and thought that it would be great to have Thursday as a guest to discuss the issues of copyright, especially as they pertain to the electronic world, freelancing and other cyber savvy issues.

So tune in, tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern Time for an interview with Thursday Bram about copyright on the Cyber Savvy Show at PIVTR.

Hope you can join us!

Edited to add:
Earlier in December, Julia Temlyn was a guest on NPR. Hence my headline. 😉

Race matters–some reflections January 21, 2008

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On June 23, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered the infamous “I have a dream” speech after a Civil Rights march down Woodward Avenue in Detroit. Today, in 2008 on what is celebrated as Martin Luther King Jr. Day. January 21st is not his birthday, which is January 15, but MLK Day is always the third Monday in January, and on this day, I reflect upon where we have come from and how far we have to go from my perspective. (more…)

Offline and On the Road January 20, 2008

Posted by emsgeiss in Business Issues, Humor & Satire, networking, parenting & family, toddlers, WAHM/WAHD Stuff.
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A few months ago, at my husband’s high school reunion, a plan was hatched to have a Girls Weekend. I’ve become friends with three of his old high school girlfriends (not girlfriends in the romantic sense, girl friends—his litter mates—as my mom calls groups of girl/guy buddies whose friendships are entirely platonic). One of our friends lives in Chicago, so the plan was for the rest of us to head West and spend the weekend there. Four of us piled into my car and off we went. It was my first trip away from my son. It was also my first trip in a long time that was entirely unplugged. (more…)

Roaring Writers January 12, 2008

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As writers, we’re often perceived (by non writers) as the quiet introverted types, huddled away at our laptops feverishly working on our manuscripts—what we hope will be the next Great American novel, a New York Times best-selling non-fiction manuscript, a Pulitzer Prize-winning article, screenplay…whatever. Ah, but no…writers know that’s not the case, we’re actually a very social bunch, bouncing ideas, sharing with one another, helping each other to navigate the world of a writer’s life.  And as the WGA strike continues—various side deals being made aside—the world is learning that writers are far from introverted and quiet. In fact, we roar. And as such, I am the lucky recipient of the Roar for Powerful Words award, given to me by Michele at Writing the Cyber Highway.  Okay, so I don’t get to thank the Academy, but I also won’t be cut off by the studio orchestra striking up the “your-speech-is-too-long” music. I do get to share some very specific writing tips with my readers and since all blog-memes come with a price, I get to tag five others with this award….but you will have to read to the end to find out who.

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Puzzling Ballot for Michigan Dems January 11, 2008

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democratdonkey.jpgPrimary Woes

Tuesday, January 15 is the Michigan Primary, but it’s no secret that some Michigan Democrats not only may not see their candidate on the ballot they may see candidates who are no longer running on the ballot.  Several candidates including Obama and Edwards removed themselves from the Michigan ballot “to satisfy Iowa and New Hampshire, which were unhappy Michigan was challenging their leadoff status on the primary calendar,” the Associated Press reports.  And former candidates Dodd and Biden remain on the ballot even after dropping from the race after the Iowa caucus. That doesn’t leave Michgan Democrats with much of a choice, it seems, whereas Michigan’s Republican counterparts will get to see a complete list of the Republican presidential candidates—but this isn’t about them.

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Get a grip January 11, 2008

Posted by emsgeiss in Humor & Satire, parenting & family, toddlers, writing/editing/blogging.
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After commenting on Amy’s most recent blog post at Mind over Mullis, I was inspired to write about my own recent fashion incident that involved socks. I mentioned in my comment on her blog that “my son’s socks all read ’24 to 36 mos'” or something to that effect. My question is why is it only hospital socks come with groovy little grippers in grown-up styles? Why do the little kippers get all the fun? I suppose it’s because the sock manufacturers believe that the rest of us are sure-footed enough to not need grippers…or that we all have wall-to-wall carpeting.

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Ten Days…An Ode to the Muse January 10, 2008

Posted by emsgeiss in Humor & Satire, WAHM/WAHD Stuff, writing/editing/blogging.
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The year is 10 days old and this is my first blog post of 2008. It may seem kind of sad, considering that I was on a roll…a veritable blogroll that is, blogging my brains out, writing to my heart’s content, finding a space to place the ideas that the Muse graciously bestowed upon me. One might see my ten-day hiatus as a sign that perhaps the Muse had left me…but no, she had more grandiose plans for my craft and thus, she sent me into hibernation.

The Muse is a crafty girl, a prankster even; some may call her “fickle.” (The Muse and I are close these days, so she shall not punish me for calling her a “girl” and not a “woman.”)

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