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.
I was privileged to live at Oahu Sugar Company for two year. Right on the plantation. My husband was Factory Superintendent. He gave me tours, and was always pleased to teach me about the sugar industry. I have pictures and articles on my website. Nicholas (Nick) Kalis has a passion: creating model railroads. He recently contacted me and indicated that he was going to build a 1:20.3 diorma of the Oahu Sugar Company railroad. I created a page on my personal website, in the Oahu Sugar Company section, that has the chronology of what he's working on, and there's also quite a bibliography. Here's what he says about himself:
Many of you know me as the author of a long article on Sunnyside Yard published in The Keystone. Others of you might know that I with the help to Ted Tubbesing, Ed McGill, Monroe Stewart, Ed Johnson, and Martin Denlinger, I built an HO scale model layout whose theme was Sunnyside Yard. This layout appeared in the NMRA Bulletin (date I cannot recall). My Lower Montauk Branch of the LIRR was featured on the cover of the September 2007 Railroad Model Craftsman. I have had a few prototype and modeling articles published.To read about this amazing 1:20.3 diorama project, click here.
My adorable, vivacious sister, Jan Pierson aka Calamity Jan, is an alumnus of the writer's retreat, Hedgebrook, and this past weekend she attended their 20th Birthday celebration on Whidbey Island. Jan enjoyed every minute of the event, including chatting with Gloria Steinem, who is on Hedgebrook’s board of directors. Jan writes stories for kids. Until now. I have it on good authority that she has a book brewing that will reveal some of her more wild, wacky, and wonderful experiences in the last few years. She has a sense of humor that won't stop.