Monday, September 1, 2014

A New Day, A New Dawn...

It's A New Day; A New Dawn

Though loved ones are gone

We'll Never Walk Alone

Memories strong, they'll always belong

Love is true, friendships strong

It's a new day; a new dawn

You'll Never Walk Alone

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Sunflower Tribute for Tina: Sept. 8, 2014


In memory of Tina Downey, the A to Z Team is hosting a sunflower tribute on Sept. 8, 2014.

Prior to that date, please consider purchasing or planting a sunflower in her honor.

(Should you need to resort to plastic, that's fine, remember Life Is Good.)

On Monday, September 8, take a photo of said sunflower and post it in Tina's memory on your blog or other social media outlet.

Tina loved her sunflowers, and we want to splash the blogging world with sunflowers that day and honor a truly amazing woman who was friend and family to so many.

You can sign up now or add your link when you post your sunflower.

Please help us spread the word! (If you're on Twitter, use #lifeisgood)

Let’s brighten the Internet with sunflowers the way Tina brightened the lives of so many.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

RIP: James Foley


You may have heard that American journalist James Foley (40) was beheaded by Islamic State terrorists Tuesday.

I've called myself a journalist in the past, but what I did compared to the risks Mr. Foley took to do his job is like comparing apples and oranges.

I'm so angry that I have no words -- there are no words -- except to offer my sincere and deepest condolences to the Foley family.

I'm also posting these pictures of Mr. Foley, which I believe is how he would want to be remembered, and not how millions saw him in his final moments...

(Pictures above from the Free James Foley Twitter account)

 (Picture below:  (Steven Senne/The Associated Press)

Mr. Foley, of Rochester, N.H., during a May 2011 interview

Monday, August 18, 2014

Unfollow by a Friend Leaves Me Socially Meditating


I got unfollowed this weekend.

Now, apart from that being an appalling sentence in both English and Yodaish, I have to tell you I was initially sad when I noticed it was a fellow blogger/writer friend who unfollowed me via Twitter.
Over the last few years, we’ve chatted/commented many times via our respective blogs/Twitter accounts  – albeit briefly on each occasion – so I worried... Had I said/done something to upset/offend her?

Leaving via a Jet Plane, Paddleboard or Twitter Unfollow!

To this effect, I sent her a quick Tweet, and she was very gracious to explain why she unfollowed me.

I so appreciated her taking the time to write back and ease my concern (I hate putting my size 13s in my mouth, but it happens a lot!)
We then both wished each other well moving forward - and that was that.
Every week on Twitter, I unfollow a ton of people – all strangers – (I don’t do FacePlant or anything else… who has the time???) but it does beg the questions:

Have you unfollowed a blogger friend on Social Media?
And, did you feel more like a Social Maverick, or did it make you go Yahoo!?

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