Causality

Keith Herring - National Coming Out Day Poster

Causality (also referred to as causation[1]) is the relation between an event (the cause) and a second event (the effect), where the first event is understood to be responsible for the second. – Wikipedia

Watching the pictures roll in from my friends at Pride in San Franciso this weekend I felt a bit jealous that I wasn’t there with them taking part in the celebration. These friends, closer than family who I love dearly and have so much shared history with. Many nights of dancing and fun and other nights of profound sadness and long conversations.

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Friday Fun – Dance Your Ass Off

Thanks to blogging 101 I’ve finally found the fun thing I’m going to feature. I’m going to start posting a Friday Feature… and make the feature a song to get you out of your desk chair and on your feet.

Let your freak flag fly with my Friday dance your ass off song.  One Nation Under A Groove  by Funkadelic

Owning our history

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Yesterday I went off on a rant about Ben Affleck and about his (successful) attempt to rewrite his personal history on a TV show called Finding Your Roots. I was outraged, livid that someone with a little bit of power would choose to abuse it in such a way to omit the parts of his history.  I’m still annoyed and now of course with word of his actions getting out he looks like an even bigger jackass.

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Rewriting History

I vaguely remember the brouhaha when the emails surfaced but I quickly moved on as celebrity gossip barely interests me, but something about this article from The Week really bothered me.

Kudos (I guess) to PBS for owning up to letting some spoiled celebrity exert undue influence on them, but seriously Ben Affleck?  What kind of asshat isn’t man enough to step up and say, “these are my people and they made choices I disagree with but thank God we’ve learned the lessons of history”.   Or something.

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Prompted (although not so promptly published) Post

Today’s challenge for Blogging 101 is to blog from a prompt.  Mine was “Bittersweet Memories” and the prompt was to talk about a gift I received that made me nostalgic and why.

My most treasured gift came from my aunt Shelley.  It was a wedding gift. My aunt sent me a keepsake recipe book, filled with old pictures and copies of the index cards my grandmother kept her recipes on.  I keep it with all recipeof my other cherished family memories, the recipes copied onto my own index cards or copied so the book stays pristine. There were so many wonderful family pictures, interspersed with some of our family favorite recipes, from her to die for dinner rolls to her amazing Swiss steak or homemade chili sauce. This cookbook had them all.  One day I’ll even make her homemade pickles (even though I’m not a pickle fan).

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Fastest Swag in the West

I love that WordPress’s merch is here in Phoenix. My delivery was super fast!  I would also like to point out that these shirts are so SO lightweight and buttery soft I’m pretty sure I’m going to have to get a few other colors (oh and more stickers).

new WP swag

Inspired By Neighbors or The Great Greeting Card Debate

14189_GCA_Home_HeaderYesterday I stumbled across this wonderful post about why we don’t send greeting cards as often and how social media may be part of the reason why.  Never one to let a cultural question die, I evaluated my own personal stance (don’t laugh cause I totally have one) and commented.  I fear I may have come off a bit aggressive or at least kind of an anti-greeting card freak.  Please allow me to explain.

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Day Eight: Be a Good Neighbor

Stuff-I-Like-2Today’s challenge…  leave comments on at least four blogs that you’ve never commented on before.

Challenge accepted.  While I’m at it here are a few of the great blogs I’ve found on WordPress.

http://iambeggingmymothernottoreadthisblog.com/  Hilarious observations on life, love and fashion from one of my favorite writers.

http://postsecret.com/  Who knew that Postsecret was on WordPress?!  I’ve loved them for years, if you haven’t checked them out you should.  It will bring you a range of emotions and leave you wanting more.

http://presentsprosepolitesse.com/  A new find for me, really liking both the writing and the subject matter!

*squee* new WordPress swag!

omg omg omg  WordPress got new swag!

WordPress Pride Shirts

WordPress Pride Shirts

Hot off the presses and made right here in AZ more WordPress paraphernalia for me to buy and for my husband to say “they should just send you this stuff free for as much as you wear it”.  I am the proud owner of about 6 WordPress shirts and hoodies, not including my 3 WordCamp PHX, 1 WordCamp San Diego and 1 WordCamp San Francisco shirts, moleskine and coffee mugs not to mention stickers and buttons.  I’m a fangirl, I’ll own up to it.  These pride shirts are pretty awesome and in fun colors to boot.  Order placed.