We Tried Out Airbnb For The First Time And Had A Great Experience

 Trying to find a place to stay when you travel can be stressful. We found this out recently on our vacation to Washington DC. Not only did we have just a week to find lodging, but we also had a strict budget to follow. ...more

Sharing in the Misinformation Age

I love Facebook. Practically all my friends live there. I love it so much I'd marry it, if I wasn't already happily hitched to to my husband. But Facebook also scares the living crap out of me. Not because I worry about my privacy (I'm not that private) or stalkers (I'm not that interesting) or the ads (I'm not that vulnerable).Facebook freaks me out because of how frequently misinformation is flung around as fact....more

Hydroponics: What is it?

Hydroponics: What is it?...more

The Give and Take of Writing

Whether you've been in the writing business for a day or a decade, you've been part of the give and take of writing.Someone thought you needed to know that such-and-such publisher is not longer accepting any manuscripts from children's writers. Another wirter thinks something you wrote weeks ago and shared on forum would be a perfect fit for XYZ Magazine. Word comes down from on high that awards are being created for self-published books....more

Your Daily Reading: “Living Wide Awake” Sharing Your Talents and Brilliance 2-28-12

Change is on the horizon, and it could mean a move.Restlessness is part of the influence today, and your mental energies want to attract stimulating mental relationships and conversations.Opposing Energies: noncommittal, scattered, unfocusedWhile you may have a lot on your mind, and you feel scattered, you’ll be responding with your wit and intellect; sharing your talents and brilliance.Wide Awake Words™ for today: balance, stability, security...more

Are Librarians Encouraging Libraries to Abide by COPPA?

The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) was created to prevent corporations from collecting data about children without parental permission. This law explicitly does not apply to public institutions, non-profits, and government agencies. Yet, many public institutions not only choose not to collect data about children; they forbid children from accessing information without parental permission. Much to my surprise, this includes many public libraries....more
I'm pretty sure long before COPPA, libraries were requiring parental permission for kids to get ...more

The List: Countering Tragedy with Information

Birthday WishesFor our family, this week was a week of celebrating Darling 1's 5th Birthday; having fun with family in Texas and cross-c...more

What to Believe, What to Believe: Finding the Facts about Health, Product Safety and the American Way.

The reason I am blogging about this is because I recently read erroneous information about a disease from a small company that sells a so-called solution.   It isn’t the first time I have seen junk information used to sell, but for some reason this time it just ticked me off in a big way! ...more

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Ignored the News About Internet Preferences?

I have. I opened an email from Moveon.org a few weeks ago and thought, "Jeanine, you have fifteen minutes. It'll come back if it needs your attention." And I promptly clicked "delete" and the email vanished. Honestly, I didn't think about it again. ...more