Blog Action Day: Water

Tomorrow is Blog Action Day, which the site describes as “an annual event held every October 15 that unites the world’s bloggers in posting about the same issue on the same day with the aim of sparking a global discussion and driving collective action.”

As I publish new posts on Mondays and Thursdays, I’m getting a little jump on it. That gives you time to scout some other blogs and resources to learn about this year’s theme: WATER.

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If my Mom were still alive today, she’d be fascinated by the concept of crowdsourcing. It was Mom who really taught me how to ask for advice, give advice and (perhaps most importantly) ignore advice.

I’ll be honest: I had a horrible adolescence. Hormones and being the nerdy, bookish girl at school made me miserable, and I responded in ways that made people around me miserable. Looking back, I’m not inclined to blame anyone; I just had a more difficult time than many others I knew. But around the time I turned 16, I “began to be human again,” as Mom phrased it. Things got easier.

One of the big changes in my relationship with my parents, especially Mom, was that they gave me advice instead of instructions. Instructions are necessary for children, and sometimes for adults, but when people trust each other’s judgment, advice works best.

Giving advice is not the same as telling someone what to do.

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No, No Nobel

A Nobel Prize is one of the greatest honors anyone could be awarded. Between 1901 and 2009 the Nobel Prize Committee has awarded prizes in Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature, Peace, and Economic Sciences.

Of these prizes, the Nobel Peace Prize is probably most prestigious and the list of Laureates includes some of the most significant names of twentieth century history. According to Alfred Nobel’s will, the Peace Prize is to be awarded to “the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”

There’s no lack of controversy, however; Laureates have been imprisoned for their activism and the Nobel Prize for Peace has been awarded to those imprisoned at the time of the announcement or forbidden by their governments to accept the award.

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Review: Read It Later

The first time I saw the Internet–many, many years ago–I thought I’d died and discovered that heaven is a really great library. Unfortunately I soon discovered that this library was growing faster than my time and energy were able to keep up with.

Enter bookmarks. Enter “save as…” Enter tabbed browsers. (Last week I discovered I had 88 tabs open in Firefox.) Enter RSS subscriptions. If it were a physical pile of TBR (to be read) books like the one on my coffee table, it would have engulfed the eastern United States by now.

No, I haven’t found a solution, but I have a new tool and it works for some situations. Read It Later is a simple plug-in that works with your web browser or mobile device so that you can save a web page to read later. It stores pages locally so they are accessible whether your are online or offline.

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