Dear Mr. McCain,
I write to you today as one of those moderate woman voters whose vote you have been courting lately. I also write to you as a die-hard Democratic voter - but one who has said for the last 8 years that "If John McCain were ever to run for president, I might just have to vote Republican".
Why would someone like me want to vote for someone like you? You have always defied and rejected the very things I have always found so unappealing about the Republican party by ensuring that your communications with the public weren't saturated with misleading 'spin'. You reached across party lines and worked with 'us' when almost nobody else in your party would. And sometimes you refused to buy into the BS that George Bush fed us and you took a huge risk with your party (and your career) to stand for what you believed in. Because of this, I have always admired you. And John McCain has always stood for integrity in my mind.
But this week, I've seen your campaign spread lies about
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- Wendy Piersall | Work + Money – Sat, Sep 13, 2008 6:49 PM EDT
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These days, everyone is talking about blogs, online communities, social networks, and social applications. You can use them to make friends online. You can promote your business. You can use them to find a date, even.
But have you ever come away from an online conversation with that feeling of "ICK"? Or worse, have you found that people tend to ignore you, and you just can't figure out why? Maybe you're making some of these social media blunders - check and find out if you are a misfit or if you are IT. Do you...
Do the hard sell
If you are on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or mingling with other bloggers and pitching a product, the door will slam in your face fast. There are places on the internet for pitches and sales - appropriate places, even, like in press releases, business websites, and ads. The pitch isn't welcome in most communities -- and it's sad to see that some people still haven't figured that out by now.
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- Wendy Piersall | Parenting – Tue, Jun 17, 2008 9:31 PM EDT
I both look forward to and somewhat dread the start of summer. While it's my favorite season of the year, and I'm excited to get more time with my children, I work at home. Summer break always puts a big dent in my productivity. Ultimately, it's a great "dent" to have, because the reason I work at home is to hang out with the family in the first place.
I've gotten pretty good at keeping my kids busy while I have to work. Of course, the older they get, the less they want to hang out with me. So I've broken down my suggestions into age-appropriate categories:
Activities for Children Age 1-4
If your kids are in this age bracket - I feel for you! Really, I had a hard time getting anything done without a part time sitter or a "mother's helper". But for the days that you have to work and the little ones are right there with you, here's a few ideas:
- Buy age appropriate computer games - my kids started at the age of 2
- Set up easy to find bookmarks for kid-friendly sites