Quidditch, Butterbeer, Owls, and Ghost Eggs

I was Googling around for an inexpensive treat we could look forward to for the fall, and I found out that there was going to be a Harry Potter festival in Chestertown, Maryland....more

NaBloPoMo: Add All Your October 2014 Posts Here!

Here's where you share the link to every NaBloPoMo post you're writing on your blog daily this month -- and share your words with the world! ...more
Cute (and easy) Witch Broom cookies, plus links to my fellow Fill the Cookie Jar bloggers ...more

No, Seriously, Please Don't Participate in That Facebook Breast Cancer Meme This Year

Today is the first day of Breast Cancer Awareness month, which means that the cryptic Facebook posts can't be far behind.  You know what I'm talking about: your friend posts "I am going to London for 8 months!" or "hot pink!" or "damn diarrhea!" on Facebook, and suddenly, we are magically supposed to all think about breast cancer. I've been told that I'm no fun at all when it comes to this yearly meme, and those people are right.  But that's because I don't think that health is a particularly fun topic, especially when it comes to life or death illnesses such as breast cancer. ...more
Great post, Melissa. These issues need to be talked about in plain language, not via kitchy ...more

Thank G-d for Obamacare Because You Never Know

For the past few years, I have written extensively about the Affordable Care Act....more

#MicroblogMondays 5: Armchair Traveler

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. ******* Gizmodo had an article about an Occulus-Rift-like contraption created by Marriott that turned virtuality into a 4D experience....more

818th Issue of the LFCA

Welcome to today's edition of Connections Abound. The point of Lost and Found is to level the support playing field. When LFCA works correctly, the newest blogger with the smallest readership can receive the same level of support as the oldest blogger with the largest readership ....more

What Would You Wish For?

So a guy goes to a few countries and asks people on the street what they would wish for if they were to come across a magic-granting genie....more

I Joined Ello Because…

…Actually, I’m not sure why....more

IComLeavWe: October 2014

Welcome back to IComLeavWe. It stands for International Comment Leaving Week, but if you say it aloud, doesn’t it sounds like “I come; [but] leave [as a] we”? And that’s sort of the point ....more

Will Ello Kill Facebook, or Is It Just a Lot of Hype?

I joined Ello because everyone else was joining Ello. (And yes, if all the kids jumped off the bridge, I would jump off the bridge, too!) And now we're all milling about at Ello, and it feels like the awkward start of a party. You know what I'm talking about? That moment when you first get there, when the hostess is still running around, cleaning up by tucking her clothes underneath her blanket. It's that moment before all the other people arrive, and you're just sort of standing about, making small talk with people while you wait for everything to... begin. Except... what if this is it? What if this is Ello? What if this social media party turns out to be a dud because the hosts didn't count on the mass Exodus from Facebook this week when Facebook stuck to their "you need to use your real name" guns that brought everyone over Ello's threshold? Or what if it turns into a social media revolution that forces the larger sites to change the way they interact with users? ...more
People are leaving Facebook in droves? Mass exodus? I must have missed it. These days, Facebook ...more