The Blogosphere

Yes, it is a thing. Blogosphere, as a word, was coined in 1999. Wikepedia states: "The blogosphere is made up of all blogs and their interconnections. The term implies that blogs exist together as a connected community."This community is becoming increasingly more important to me. I began National Blogging Post Month (NaBloPoMo)this month, dedicating myself to the idea of blogging everyday for the month of November.Initially I did this to increase readership on my blog, and to stretch myself by writing daily, but by the 3rd of November it had become so much more....more

BREAKING NEWS: Nothing New to Report

 In case you didn’t already know, I am a bit of a TV news junky. Shocking! I know!...more

How the Publishing World Has Allowed Bad Writers to Flourish

By Linda Silva, Faculty Member, English at American Public University...more
So true, and so disheartening.I was a reader from as far back as I have memory, and I will never ...more

Talking To Our Kids About Jian Ghomeshi

Trigger Warning: I am going to discuss the Jian Ghomeshi issue through the lens of parenting. Though not graphic, I do mention rape, abuse and violence. If you need help or support, contact your local women's shelter. I would rather be talking to my son about his love for My Little Pony, or recounting to him my recent holiday in Eastern Ontario (the leaves guys, the leaves), but instead, I am fielding questions about Jian Ghomeshi....more

Jian Ghomeshi Is Fired Because He Says A Woman Lied About Him: An Example of Rape Culture?

Canadian radio generally isn’t a big thing in other parts of the world, but here in Toronto, former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi is kind of a big deal. He’s well known and well liked, for his views, for his interviews, and for his personality. Today, a decision came down from CBC firing Ghomeshi after he had tweeted that he was going to take some personal time off. The decision appeared to come out of nowhere, and I for one was a bit shocked....more
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6 Liberal Blogs to Follow

With the 2014 midterm elections just a week away, it's time to think about politics. Last week, we spotlighted some conservative bloggers to watch, and this week we are featuring some writers whose points of view come from the other side of the aisle. Here are a few of the blogs we are watching. ...more
HapaMamaGrace AlizaWrites QueenofSpain Truly humbled - this got me to break my logjam ...more

What to Do If You Think Your Friend Is Racist

Dear Mouthy Housewives,I think a friend of mine is kind of racist. She always mentions if someone is black or Jewish or Hispanic. She doesn't say anything negative, but she whispers their ethnicity when it's not pertinent. Like: "There's a new waiter at the wine place. He's BLACK." She says it in this derogatory way.Should I say something or just let it go?Signed,Am I Friends with a Racist Person?...more
Several years ago, the local news tried to eliminate the racial descriptions of people who were ...more

What Does The Whiteness Project Really Show About Race in America?

Watching the videos from the first installment of The Whiteness Project—24 clips filmed this July in Buffalo as part of documentary filmmaker Whitney Dow's project—was uncomfortable, and sadly revealed nothing surprising. How do you reject white privilege? How do you deny responsibility for humane speech and action towards others? How do you co-opt other people's struggles? It's pretty easy, apparently.  ...more
Rita Arens Thank you, Rita. Some of these comments make me want to scream. The denial of ...more

Turtles "Happy Together" With Copyright Win Against SiriusXM

Flo & Eddie of The Turtles sued SiriusXM in August 2013 for infringement of sound recording copyrights.  The decison by the California court is a huge ruling for legacy sound recording owners and their heirs....more