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Not sure why mention pulled this up today but it was a nice reminder of the awesome women I have met through social media! So many great ones including you Margie!

4 months ago on 60 Women whose praise must be sung

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@DeeFrohring I understand what you are saying but having been on a lot of farms I know the vast majority of that is water, not chemicals but the picture doesn't necessarily help. 

1 year, 4 months ago on The Dirty Dozen

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Good points Kenna! I tend to do brainstorming when I have trouble writing. Find quite a few ideas and one usually helps me break the block in two. 

1 year, 5 months ago on Nerd Note: There’s No Such Thing as ‘Writer’s Block’

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Ouch! I'm no diva and I'm not even organized! I just try to get there at some point! I like the ideas you have here though so maybe I can get there eventually!

2 years ago on Free Blog Planner

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What a cool tradition! Thanks for sharing it. I have traveled various areas of Europe but missed the locks. I have loved the Pointe Vecchio though in Florence on several visits! 

2 years ago on Love Locks

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Annie, I am sure the best you & Matt have to offer is perfect for your little man! You will have different benefits from the path you are taking and the family you are making than others can understand. 

2 years ago on Breastfeeding: Privilege or Burden?

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Let me just say, you have made me really appreciate the care some of my friends have gotten. And I'd love to have a party the weekend after Thanksgiving to celebrate you & DIno's new dadness! I think you touched on several issues, glad you put them together and hope you get it to the hospital so they can do better next time for the next family. I have a feeling you have choices in medical care and next time you will do a different kind of due dilligence. For now, I'm so hay you all got out of there, high fiving and all as you healthily sped away. Just sorry it wasn't nearly as joyous as it could have and more importantly should have been along the way. 

2 years ago on The Hospital Experience; We're NOT Doing That Again!

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I think you have a point on some of the chivalry things but there are some things that are based in respect that I still expect from both sexes. Holding the door is a great example, even if you walk through it first, you hold the door open for people you are with -- men, women & kids. On dinner, I think there are lots of factors that enter into who pays -- who invited, how often you see the person, whether one of you is traveling, etc. Its an area that makes it really hard to "do the right thing" for lots of us! 

2 years, 1 month ago on We Don’t Need Chivalry Anymore. But You’re Still Paying for Dinner!

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You totally brought tears to my eyes! I am so pumped for you guys and our dear #LittleBrowne! What an amazing adventure you have ahead of you all!

2 years, 1 month ago on Our Last Day Before “THE” Day

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I hear you. And I did just that on Friday. Met a tweep in real life, never touched the phone til I needed to check time cause I had another appointment. Should have worn a watch. That next appointment was dinner with a friend I hadn't seen for a year. We visited, laughed, ate and as we got ready to leave, snapped a really quick photo to send a few friends saying we had been thinking of them. I thought later I should post on FB so a few more friends.... still haven't and that's fine too. I think there is some balance to it though and sometimes will snap a photo when food arrives and maybe tweet it as I leave. Or maybe share something early on & then stay away but I hear what you are saying about updates every 10 minutes. I want to be able to really enjoy the event. I can always share some later.

2 years, 4 months ago on Keep the camera off - an experiment

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Great thoughts here! I think for companies who want to reach across blogging, sponsoring #blogchat holds a lot of potential... lots of other chats to support too! 

2 years, 7 months ago on 12 Most Engaging Reasons Why Brands Need to Embrace Social Media Now

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Love the post! And even though I spend a lot of time in a world filled with #agnerds, I routinely find some new technology that blows me away! I just saw these cattle collars last month at a dairy farm in Michigan! Need to get a blog post or two on that farm written up! 

2 years, 8 months ago on 12 Most Advanced Agricultural Technologies

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I agree that there are lots of people who have one and not the other, and will admit to being burned on a few things. But I'm impressed by the number of genuine people I encounter too, people who really do as they say they will and who take time to go beyond the shallow. Thanks for being one of those folks Margie! 

2 years, 9 months ago on Social Media Smart But People Stupid

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You really make me want to go to the peninsula! Its been too long!

2 years, 9 months ago on Captivating Aspects Hiking The Olympic National Park

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Margie,

I never thought about the fact I was blessed so early. There was this incredible Little Person who's name I didn't know for years and as a teen I did, but its been decades since I have seen him so the name has slipped away. He was the local hero in our neighborhood. He owned a bike shop. The shop was called "The Bike Man" and since that was on his van, that's what we always called him. He was such a nice guy. Had several kids not far from us in age and was friendly enough to help all of us out when we got a flat, or the chain slipped or whatever.

Knowing him from early on always made me think how awesome Little People could be. During my years in NY I worked with a girl who became a good friend. Her brother was a dwarf and the pressure of that was really hard on a high school kid. In fact, he made the decision to forego college and have some surgeries to help lengthen his arms and legs. That took so much time, was so painful, and yet he felt confident that the pain then would be worth it in how differently he could be seen throughout adulthood. I remember his months of recovery with a good bit of time where he wasn't ambulatory.... We all wanted to provide him support and he regularly supported us! He kept me up on the great music that was coming out. He rarely said anything about why it was worth it. Seeing your post gives me some additional insight to the pain I knew he may have dealt with.

Thanks for being the brave one to put this out there... for taking the time to make others think beyond their small realm.... for helping others who may not be sensitive to the kinds of things a Little Person has to face.

And if I can ever in St Louis traveling, know now someone who considers herself too tall would appreciate the balance a night out with you could bring.

jp

2 years, 10 months ago on A Little Person Blogger or a Little Person Who Blogs

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Margie, this is especially close to so many people's hearts and I think the timing for awareness, coinciding with a three day weekend for me & many others should mean taking time to think about this. Civil rights and tolerance issues weren't tied up in a bow with Martin Luther King. His birthday should be a time that we all give thought to our world and our part in it. I don't need all the sugar of the cookies but I am officially buying extras! I can take some to the senior center nearby. And my niece, who is in a diverse troop will put the money to helping city kids get out & get active. Some had never even heard of camping til my sis started a troop at the inner-city school where she teaches.

2 years, 10 months ago on The good thing about the Girl Scout cookie boycott

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I nodded, did you see me?

2 years, 10 months ago on Are you actually reading this?

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Margie, Interesting you should have this thought as a couple of my college friends and I talked about the same thing New Years weekend! Based on some of the college kids we have around, the answer for us is it depends. My niece who's in grad school loves the 3 am convo but I have friends who we wonder if their kids in college even have real face-to-face convos at all!

2 years, 10 months ago on The death of the 3 AM conversation

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Oh.... and I think Google+ and Facebook may be the best way to get me to stay up on it. :)

2 years, 11 months ago on A Better Ag Blog in 31 Days

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Finally got my copy downloaded! Not sure how often I can participate but I'll be able to learn from the group and hopefully contribute some thoughts!

2 years, 11 months ago on A Better Ag Blog in 31 Days

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Thanks for some ideas.... my ipad is old but always looking at apps!

2 years, 11 months ago on Five Apps for your new iPad

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I've shared this with several groups.... hope you get a crowd participating!

2 years, 11 months ago on A Better Ag Blog in 31 Days

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VERY creative! Love it!

2 years, 11 months ago on Grrrrrrrreat Social Media Breakfast Brands

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I have really found a unique fit with Google+ and really enjoy the community that is building there. For me its different from other social media channels and that's a boon. The fact that they have a link and a truly functional way of feedback and that they continually deliver innovations makes me think long-term, Google+ will be here to stay. Oh, and I love hangouts too!

2 years, 11 months ago on #GooglePlusUpdates #Twitter Hashtags in #G+ #Tweetdiner example

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I love his answer to what made him start doing a podcast. and saying "My wife made me do it." That's priceless!

2 years, 11 months ago on Farmer Blogger Podcaster

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I would love to be there.... maybe in 2012!

2 years, 11 months ago on Engaging Reasons to Attend #SXSW

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Margie! I LOVE THIS! Its so true and the kind of reminder we can all use. Shining a small light seems inconsequential at times but when you are in absolute darkness, that tiny bit of light is incredibly brilliant!

I'd add to it by saying a sincere thank you can truly brighten a person's day too. It can be the light. I did a really simple gift to say thank you the other day but later found out how much it meant to her as a couple of hours later she was still saying how much it meant. It made both of us feel so much better that I wanted to keep giving!

Thanks for all you do!

3 years ago on The Best Gift You Can Give

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I know exactly what you mean! And what's freakish is I have friends in Chandler, Maricopa & Casa Grande! And the ziplocks thing.... I was blown away by it but friends there swear by them!

3 years ago on Why Didn't You Tell Me There Were Giant Cockroaches in Arizona?

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Gotta say seeing someone in Texas write about barbecue can be confusing for this Memphis girl but you have a great post here! If you make it to Memphis, I'll be glad to make sure you find the right places! :)

3 years ago on 12 Most Tasty Tips for Fantastic Home Barbecue

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If its a big ol casserole of crazy, I'm heading back for seconds! I agree that if you are willing to consider other options, life can change and for me that's a really positive thing! There is no reason to be a jerk -- evolving is a really good thing!

3 years, 1 month ago on How Lou Imbriano Helped Me Catch Chris Brogan's Wave

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Great points Bruce! I was lucky enough to have the kind of mom who would do things like use the last minute extra ticket to a concert when a friend backed out.... that willingness is the sort of thing that keeps us so close today!

3 years, 1 month ago on 12 Most Immediate Ways to Stay Relevant to Your Kids

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Great points Jay. I have lots of social media "friends" who are really acquaintances. Folks who celebrate achievements with me or express support when I say something has gone wrong. But I wouldn't reach out to them with deep concerns. I have close friends some of whom have been developed in part through social media and others were built elsewhere and still cultivated on social media. But the real life connections are really critical. In seeing thoughts on Trey Pennington, the real friendships like those Olivier had with him are more genuine. Some of our relationships go back and forth between real life & social media, those are genuine relationships that I would like to hope I could contact or could contact me. That is likely a very small group and would differ depending on what sort of thing I need to reach out on. To me, the mourning I saw in Olivier's post was very similar to the kinds of emotions I have expressed when I lost a genuine friend. That's when Trey's death became moving for me - not when I saw the other things in my timeline.

3 years, 2 months ago on Social Media, Pretend Friends, and the Lie of False Intimacy

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Thanks for verbalizing the rant I was feeling.

3 years, 3 months ago on 5 Reasons Social Media Measurement is Making You Lie to Yourself

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Hey @MackCollier, Great things to consider. Thanks for lending your expertise to the discussion.

3 years, 4 months ago on 10 Things to Remember When Creating a Brand Ambassador Program

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Not sure how I missed this but you have shined a light on a very close SM friend of mine! This fits to a tee! I keep thinking the people in his hometown would be amazed with how outgoing he appears online. The little testing I've done (Briggs-Myers, etc) made it clear that I tip the scales off the other end. I don't think either orientation makes it easier to be successful at connecting through social media but understanding who you are has many benefits within social media.

3 years, 4 months ago on Why introverts love Social Media

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@LisaThorell You touch on something.... I absolutely hope this transcripting service doesn't find itself at odds with terms of service... having a good way of pulling transcripts is important to continuing the discussion and sharing resources. To me, I can take a break from routine tweeting much easier than I can from the chats because so much valuable info is available through participating in a chat.

3 years, 4 months ago on So how big is #Blogchat? Here's the stats...

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@MackCollier I agree totally! Measurability is an attribute we have to be able to have with my work. And I find hashtracking VERY interesting. You have certain spurred some thoughts along the use of chats for my office. Important to get a good plan together & be willing to invest time building it. You've certainly got me thinking beyond #blogchat.

3 years, 4 months ago on So how big is #Blogchat? Here's the stats...

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@MackCollier I can almost hear someone saying "size doesn't matter" LOL but with #blogchat, it's true only in part because with the size & reach of the community is so incredibly helpful! Someone like me can send a simple question into the #blogchat hashtag and have people willingly offer their expertise! Its incredible and I'm proud to be a tiny part of the #blogchat community!

3 years, 4 months ago on So how big is #Blogchat? Here's the stats...

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