Webgrammar (well, really me) has a new site on the excellent social networking site, Ning. How come? It's been clear for some time that social networking is here to stay. Technology and communications change almost in the blink of an eye. And everything moves forward. I want to stay in the mainstream so I can give my best to my two ezine subscribers and to my clients. I decided to focus for now on Twitter and Ning. I'm also participating in a third social networking site that will be open to the public in October. It's for people who pre-bought Seth Godin's latest book. He's the Permission Marketing/Purple Cow guy. Amazing. Anyway, I happen to know all of my ezine subscribers are remarkable in one way or another, and some of them love to network ideas, projects, etc. Sure enough, I no sooner started the place when author/educator/marketer Hal Alpiar joined. You've got to read about his project, Tales on Wheels. And Helen Harris, a brilliant watercolorist, joined and graciously shared some of her exquisite work. We'll also be hearing about a startup nonprofit in the Pacific Northwest called Mossyrock Area Education Foundation, a comprehensive after-school project that finally took wing. Grammar. Sooner or later we'll touch on that, but for now, we're focusing on Tales on Wheels and the Mossyrock Area Education Foundation. Please consider joining us.
Have you ever come across something so beautiful that even through grief and tears it touches the deepest part of your soul? This took place Saturday during the memorial service for my mother. A number of times. For now, let me share the words of Roger Briggs, of the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra. Dear Judy, I am so sorry I couldn't stay for the luncheon following the beautiful memorial service, but I had another obligation. I wanted you to know how much I loved your Mom, how moved I was by the service, and how much I appreciate being asked to speak at your mom's service. I wanted you and your family to have this text for memories' sake... I have known Ethel Crook for only 12 or 13 years, but her life reminds me of a story I heard many years ago and recently read again. A man is walking on a beach. In the distance he sees a woman apparently doing some sort of ritual dance: She's bending down to the earth, Arching toward heaven, Releasing some sort of energy toward the heavens and Toward the vast seas.... Continue Reading
After uploading Emily Burton's artwork, I remembered scanning artwork from two of my grandchildren, Kate and James, who sent me the drawings for Christmas. They live in the Bay Area, and are such vibrant, wonderful children.
Today was a special day, because my niece, Emily Burton, 8, has spent the last five hours with me. She's visiting my brother and sister-in-law, and they graciously gave the two of us some time together. Actually, I must include the cats, Bear and Shadow, because there was a lot of interaction between them and Emily. Emily lives in Mossyrock, Washington with her parents and nine brothers and sisters. And three dogs: Hershey, Skittles, and Snickers. We ended up in my office, with Emily drawing a picture of a castle, a princess with a dog on a leash, a treasure chest, and a village house...with a special guardian gate. We did a lot of artistic editing with various software programs and she chose the one you see here to go on my blog. What a delightful evening with a charming young lady...