I love Mary Steenburgen. She's one of those actresses who slips in and out of roles, seemingly with little effort and she brings a quiet, steely, strength to whatever character she plays. Her latest movie, "Four Christmases" is about a couple, Kate and Brad (Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn) whose yearly plan to avoid family Christmases is thwarted by a blizzard. Since their parents are divorced, that means four visits with four sets of dysfunctional parents, siblings, step-siblings and significant others. Mary Steenburgen plays Kate's Mom, Marilyn.
A woman's DAAAYYYY!!!! (Woman's Day, Power, Day, Lovely Day...think of the Bill Withers' song - "Lovely Day" as the theme music for this entry.) How privileged was I to attend the BlogHer Reach Out Tour in Boston   on October 11?Incredibly privileged.  I received:
BlogHer DC kicks off bright and early on October 13, 2008. This is the place to find the liveblogs, which will be posted shortly after the sessions end. Check back often as the links go live! * * * * * * *   Blogging Basics: I Blog, Therefore I Am… How to find your blogging mojo Online Community building as natural promotional tool
BlogHer Boston kicks off bright and early on October 11, 2008. This is the place to find the liveblogs, which will be posted shortly after the sessions end. Check back often as the links go live! * * * * * * *
By Deb Rox
The BlogHer ReachOut tour is gearing up for its Boston and D.C. stops, but hearing the buzz of bloggers getting ready in the Northeast is making me sing the Delta blues. I'm sad that the Reach Out train had to cut the stops planned for Greensboro, Atlanta, Nashville and New Orleans because I was truly looking forward to BlogHer's focus on women in the Deep South and Southeast.
There's still time to register for BlogHer Boston and BlogHer DC...but not much! Click here to register for BlogHer Boston. Click here to register for BlogHer DC.
Isn’t a simple walk enough? Isn’t there benefit in setting off, putting one foot in front of the other, for whatever length of time one has? Must fitness be the goal?  Must one attempt to raise one’s heart-rate, beat yesterday’s time? Isn’t the peace and joy walking bring reward enough?
I have a tendency to go into the computer zone and get lost in cyberspace for hours.  Between composing letters, typing minutes, creating outlines, updating the blog, visiting other folks’ blogs and websites, doing research and playing solitaire when I need to veg between projects, I can stay at the computer and not move for hours.  Not moving is not good.
*UPDATE* The deadline for carpool sign-ups is quickly approaching!  Anyone interested in carpooling to BlogHer DC must email Erin Groh by 12noon PST/3pm EST tomorrow, Friday, October 3rd!  Don't miss out on this great opportunity! -Original Post-
If you've been waiting to reserve your hotel room (or to register!) for BlogHer BOSTON or BlogHer DC, time is almost up! The last day to reserve your room in Boston is this Friday; DC is TODAY, Monday, September 22. Reminder:
Today I am disappointed to announce that BlogHer's Reach Out Tour scheduled for next month will now include Boston and DC only. We are canceling Nashville, Greensboro, Atlanta and New Orleans. We decided to do the Tour one year ago, based on community polling about where BlogHer ’08, the annual conference, should be. Our ambitious plan was to do six full BlogHer Conferences, complete with multiple tracks of programming, full meals, fabulous cocktail parties and schwag.
Now through September 12th BlogHer is running a new contest for BlogHer community members who bring a beginner to BlogHer's Reach Out Tour. Depending on the number of BlogHer Beginners you refer you can get registration discounts...up to a free pass...on your own registration for either the Tour or next year's annual event, and the grand prize winner will receive a free conference pass along with up to $500 in travel dollars for either the Tour or BlogHer '09.
If you're anything like me, you cannot believe it's going to be September already...which means that autumn really is right around the corner, with BlogHer's Reach Out Tour right along with it. (And also if you're anything like me, you also haven't begun packing for your vacation even though your plane leaves tomorrow morning at dawn. Ahem.) So before you head into the long Labor Day weekend for your final(ish) summer hurrahs, don't forget to make plans for BlogHer's Tour. We kick off in Boston in only 45 days!
Heading to one of our Reach Out Tour cities this October? The you'll want to pick up the code below to show your LocalBlogger pride: Code: <a href="http://guest.cvent.com/i.aspx?5S,M3,1443659d-4428-4973-96f2-7831c9a7d525"><img src="http://blogher.com/files/BHROT08-BOS-Going.gif" alt="Going to BlogHer Boston" /></a>
If you can't make it to BlogHer '08 in San Francisco this year, maybe you can join us in one of our SIX "Reach Out Tour" cities this fall? We'll be condensing our annual event into one-day extravaganzas in Boston, DC, Nashville, Greensboro, Atlanta and New Orleans. And you can register now for any or all of them!
Once again, I find myself outside of the norm, not understanding the fascination, and not part of the excitement.  Having returned from an earlier outing, I am at home listening to the fireworks in my neighborhood.  They’ve been popping every night for the past few days.
Once again, there's a  heart-wrenching headline and story of another innocent child shot in a cross-fire of bullets clearly intended for someone else.  Headline: Boy, 7, shot as he played outside -"A boy playing kickball near his school in Roxbury was hit by a stray bullet last night. Police say the boy is in stable condition." Boston Globe, July 1, 2008). 
I was walking down the street one day in the merry, merry month of May, well, it wasn’t May, it was June and so, I’ll end my rhyme.  This past week while in Newport my husband and I were approached by a man to listen to a vacation resort ownership presentation (new school), not to be confused with a time share (old school).  The lures were decent and so we agree to be come back a few hours later to listen to the pitch. 
“He lives in an ordinary, all-American sort of place…” began an article by David Mehegan in the Boston Globe on April 8.  I’ve seen that phrase used loads of times.  Whenever I see it, I know that the story is about someone white who is usually middle-class.   “All-American” is a way of saying white without having to actually spell it out.
I knew better when I did it.  I knew I shouldn’t have walked out of the house wearing those pants, that shirt, those flip-flops, with my hair unkempt.  I thought I could get away with it.  I mean, I’m not famous and don’t have to worry about paparazzi stalking me.  Well, wouldn’t you know it, I was busted.
Going slow to go fast is a facilitation technique.  It means to take time with the introductions, the ground rules, the agenda, the goals of the meeting and go over logistics.  Taking time to go over these things almost guarantees that the meeting will go more smoothly because everyone is starting on the same page. Going slow to go fast is also a good practice to use when you're rushing and running late.
it's that time again: Time to find the experts out in our community who want to pass along their hard-won expertise to their fellow bloggers. The Reach Out Tour is coming to a city near you in October...if you live near Boston, DC, Nashville, Greensboro, Atlanta or New Orleans...and we are looking for local experts and local color. Track #1: Blogging Basics
I feel left out of a significant part of American culture because I don’t drink coffee or wine.There are all sorts of rituals, practices, insider secrets and buzz words around these habits.  There are special places people gather to imbibe these liquids together.  Some neighborhoods abound with coffee shops and bars not so much competing for customers but being complimentary to one another.  Get tired of one spot, there's another close by to visit.
I find myself writing in the margins of books again, something I’d stopped doing for many years.  I’m not sure why I stopped writing in the books I own; probably something about decreasing the resell value.  I got over that notion when I donated a lot of books I owned five years ago.
Take I I have and am serving on a number of boards.  I’ve always made sure in their prospecting interviews, that people know that I am not a person of financial wealth.  I will and do make contributions to the extent of my financial ability but those contributions are small.
At the end of a brief conversation I had with my biological father in December 2007, the first in over a year, he said, "Never doubt that I love you."
I’ve always found it amazing when I read about someone who has perfect attendance.  I am truly fascinated about the employees I’ve seen receive awards for perfect attendance.  It’s not so much how they do it that baffles me.  It’s why they would do it.
I was young until I got older.  It happened when I wasn't paying attention.  The years were galloping by even though sometimes I thought I was standing still.  But I didn't do anything, I've thought.  I'm still figuring out what I'm going to do.  Where did those weeks and months and years go?  (I need more time, not less, not now that I've figured out how to live fully.)
A group of friends and I went to see a matinée screening of Sex and the City yesterday.  We enjoyed it.  Four of us had lunch afterward. 
I still read the paper-paper, you know, the one that you turn pages to read.
I have started several entries this weekend that I've left in draft form because I'm not ready to finish them yet including one about death/transitions/memories. My mind agreed with me that I wasn't eloquent enough to tackle those other blog thoughts and then rescued me with this fairly inane thought:  Do you make up your bed every morning when you wake up?If you do, why? 
We are pleased to announce that the second stop of the first-ever BlogHer road show, the Reach Out Tour, is officially open for registration! BlogHer DC '08 will be taking place on Monday, October 13, at the Hyatt Regeny Bethesda. It will feature many of the same elements of our annual event, along with a little local flavor.
We are pleased to announce that the first leg of the first-ever BlogHer road show, the Reach Out Tour, is officially open for registration! BlogHer BOSTON '08 will be taking place on Saturday, October 11, at the Boston Marriott Burlington. It will feature many of the same elements of our annual event, along with a little local flavor.
As you may have heard, we are taking the BlogHer Annual Event on the road! Following BlogHer Business in April and BlogHer '08 in July, we will be bringing six, one-day conferences to cities along the East Coast. Each conference will include a full day of programming and conclude with a cocktail reception. And while the agenda will be similar from city to city, each event will be unique in its mix of content, speakers and attendees (so you can feel free to join us at as many different locations as you want!).
Today we are proud to announce our entire 2008 schedule of events, centered around one unifying theme: Reach! BlogHer in 2008 will include a second annual BlogHer Business, the fourth annual BlogHer Conference and the introduction of a brand new BlogHer event: The BlogHer Reach Out Tour. The BlogHer Reach Out Tour will stop at 6 cities on the East Coast and across the South. Yup, we're growing from 2 events in 2007 to 8 events in 2008!