Kol Nidre: Thoughts on Yom Kippur From a Nonpracticing Jew

According to JewishEncyclopedia.com, Kol Nidre is an Aramaic prayer recited at the start of the evening service on Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur is the Jewish Day of Atonement. It is the most serious holiday in Judaism, observed by fasting and praying all day. At the end of this 25 hour period, God will decide whether to record a person's name in the Book of Life. ...more

This was a lovely and enlightening post; apropros to your other post, I (who grew up in an area ... more

(VIDEO) The Smoking Bra: Funny Feminism

When my friend invited me to go with her to The Smoking Bra: Women and Comedy at the 92 Y Tribeca, I agreed to go without seeing what it was about. My friend usually finds interesting things to do, so I trusted that it would be worthy of my $12. Plus, it seemed better to go to something potentially funny after work than go home and cry over the futility of my “career” and then collapse with exhaustion. Right? ...more

Thanks for posting this update for those of us who can't get to such cool shows! I taught ... more

Letters to Your Younger Self: A Talk With Ellyn Spragins, Lisa Stone ... And You

BlogHer's Letter to My Body project, launched by Suzanne Reisman in 2008, drove home to me how much we women have to offer in terms of advice, even when we don't listen to it ourselves at the time. I'm fascinated by the idea of talking to my younger self, because boy, was she confused. ...more

Enjoyed this post, and kudos for giving us examples of women who've made big changes. This ... more

Letters to Your Younger Self: A Talk With Ellyn Spragins, Lisa Stone ... And You

BlogHer's Letter to My Body project, launched by Suzanne Reisman in 2008, drove home to me how much we women have to offer in terms of advice, even when we don't listen to it ourselves at the time. I'm fascinated by the idea of talking to my younger self, because boy, was she confused. ...more

I'd give myself that same advice too -- but I agree with Rita, it's never too ... more

Quitting Your Job? Try Something Unique and Outrageous

Are you thinking of leaving your job? There's the traditional, formal resignation with two week's notice. How oh-so-boring, right? If the name of the game these days is innovation, then innovate and go out with a bang that is uniquely you, particularly outrageous or just plain fun. ...more

Texting to quit? That's not OK, but it is pretty indicative of he communication skills I've seen ... more

How to Write (Better): Author Branding and Unmarketing in the Publishing World

The reason why a brand is necessary for survival is because it doesn’t just promote, it filters and curates. As the distribution barriers collapse and more and more people publish online, readers need to know where to go and who to trust in order to find great material without sorting through all the crap. If readers trust you, and your well-defined creative vision, they will go to you to find cool stuff to read, and also to share and recommend to their friends. ...more

I've been checking out the sites and they're very helpful, as is the advice.

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You and the Power Players: Using LinkedIn to Build Your Network and Personal Brand

LinkedIn isn’t Facebook -- and that’s a good thing. LinkedIn’s audience is older, richer, better educated and more male than both Twitter and Facebook’s -- basically a reflection of who holds the power in business. While it may be annoying from a social perspective, when you’re networking, having access to this power base is quite helpful. ...more

Thanks for writing this. I'm working on developing an online presence, and LinkedIn is one I've ... more

How to Write (Better): Author Branding and Unmarketing in the Publishing World

The reason why a brand is necessary for survival is because it doesn’t just promote, it filters and curates. As the distribution barriers collapse and more and more people publish online, readers need to know where to go and who to trust in order to find great material without sorting through all the crap. If readers trust you, and your well-defined creative vision, they will go to you to find cool stuff to read, and also to share and recommend to their friends. ...more

Maybe I'm a bit jaded, but I don't think merit gets its own reward. We've all seen mediocre ... more

Women, Writing and Self-Promoting

Earlier this week, Elisa announced the 2010 BlogHer Voices of the Year. It was something that I’d eagerly been anticipating since I nominated myself right before the April deadline. Yep. I nominated myself. At first, I was nervous about it. I thought about asking a friend to nominate me, but then I thought, why shouldn’t I nominate myself? What’s wrong with saying in public that this is something I wrote and I’m really proud of it? ...more

I taught gender courses for years, and one of the most frustrating aspects was seeing how, even ... more

(VIDEO) Bloggers: Sherrod Affair Shows the Value of Doing Real Journalism

In just 48 hours, Shirley Sherrod became a household name for those who read political blogs and follow the news. Sherrod, a long-time advocate for farmers, was the State Director for Rural Development in the Department of Agriculture in Georgia until Monday of this week, when right-wing propagandist Andrew Breitbart posted a deceptively-edited clip of a speech she gave to a local chapter of the NAACP last March on his website, BigGovernment.com.  The clip gave the impression that she had discriminated against a white farmer because of her anger over injustices black people had experienced over the years. The Department of Agriculture promptly fired her; the NAACP promptly condemned her, and FOX News personalities seethed with indignation as they played the clip over and over again. ...more

I have to agree about the role of media consumers in this equation. While I agree Fox is ... more

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