Celebrate poetry! “Poem in Your Pocket Day”

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Today, I’m celebrating “Poem in Your Pocket Day.” I’ll bet you weren’t expecting that one from me, were you?  ;-) But I’m serious. All these years, I’ve been waiting to meet a really good man. And now that we’re together, I realize that my first therapist was right. When I was lonely wreck in the aftermath of my divorce, she kept …

I’m tired of people’s stupid reactions to the Japan earthquake

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I wish that following news from Japan did NOT involve following American public reaction to the disaster. Of course, the racists are beyond evil; I’ll get to them in a second. But I’m also troubled by the regular folk who are yammering about “taking stock” and “counting their blessings.” Now that they’ve seen the horrific decimation of Japanese lives and …

How to start building your brand on Twitter

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Imagine being in the fancy Manhattan offices of a top fashion magazine, interviewing for your dream job. Things are going well — until the interviewer poses The Tough Question: “So…which designers do you follow on Twitter?” This scene is no joke. It happened to a graduate student taught by NYU Journalism Professor Mary Quigley, who shared this anecdote with me. Without …

Blogs, Twitter & Facebook for folks over 50

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While I love having people over and feeding them, today was a first: my guests included a blogging couple. So we spent a good amount of time photographing the meal for our various blogs and chatting about Twitter. What made this even more remarkable for me was that everyone at the table was well over 50 years old! That makes …