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Excellent points (as always) @southplatte!

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Why You Need to Be the Bane of the Status Quo

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So often I've found people willing to maintain the status quo because it's easier, it's safer and there is little risk. Change is often seen as scary or too much work. But to me, change is exciting - it's interesting to see what can be done differently to make something better (personally or in terms of business). 

But I respect that many don't see it that way, for various reasons. Perhaps they've had a supervisor that penalized them for mistakes or failures instead of asking (what to me is) the more important question: What did you learn from that? How can it help moving forward? Challenging the status quo in an environment that makes it safe to do so is often all it takes to help people begin to see change as an opportunity instead of a threat.

Another thought to your point about telling people why they should work with us: I see this from an organizational perspective and far too often entities (such as nonprofits) approach partnerships, businesses or donors without being able to articulate this in a meaningful way. Give solid answers, be confident in your organization, know what your organization can (and can't) do, provide data and reasonable anecdotes, and position any opportunity to work with or support your agency as AN OPPORTUNITY, not a burden. 

When you are asking, consider that you are INVITING someone to share in a wonderful opportunity that will enrich both parties. Sometimes that slight shift in perspective can really help set the tone for a more productive approach.

I love posts that make me think, and yours so often do so - thanks!

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Why You Need to Be the Bane of the Status Quo

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@LoaFras22 Thank you so much! And yes, he definitely knew how to how fun and laugh and generally enjoy life. :)

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Happy Father’s Day

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@Tinu Thanks, Tinu! One bonus of having questionable eyesight is the fact my skin always looks great to me as long as I'm not wearing my glasses. #silverlining 

1 month, 3 weeks ago on When Dermatologists Attack

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@Danny Brown Stories like the one you share here are remarkable to me, and I truly wonder why this is happening. It used to be we had total confidence in our medical practitioners, and these days I feel like I have to do incredible amounts of research to maintain that same level of confidence. While I believe it's my responsibility to educate myself, I didn't get a degree in medicine.  That was an intentional decision on my part. Hoping you're on the mend soonest!

1 month, 3 weeks ago on When Dermatologists Attack

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Danny, I can't even imagine what this must have been like for you, but I am so incredibly glad that Salem is okay. The resiliency of toddlers is impressive, and I am hoping that some of that resilience passes along to you. Do not let this haunt you, rather let it inspire you (and through you, others) to live in the moment and, as you've said, to cherish those you love. Or to more intentionally cherish them - that sounds more accurate. Wishing you and your wonderful family all of the very best. 

3 months, 3 weeks ago on The Moments We Do Not Take

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@southplatte Such an incredible story - your daughter sounds like quite a force to be reckoned with. I suspect she learned a great deal about determination and optimism from her parents. Wishing you and your family nothing but the best.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on The Moments We Do Not Take

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I love this. It's about perspective. And optimism. And hope. It's about human potential, and how deeply that potential can be realized in the presence of true love and support. It's about believing in yourself. Not once was he self-conscious. Not once. And that filled me with joy. It tells me something, somewhere, is working as it should. Thank you for sharing this, Danny.

5 months ago on It Makes Everything You Worry About So Pathetic

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@bobledrew @dough @victoriavox  Actually I modeled my library fundraising efforts after Doug's, only I didn't need to train or ride any long distances and totally failed to send thank-you notes. Other than that it was almost exactly the same. 

And I'll have to check out Victoria's project, sounds a bit like @jonathancoulton's Thing a Week experiment a few years ago (which was quite amazing). 

Wishing you all the best, Bob - it was my pleasure. :)



7 months ago on Drawing Support

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@jasonkonopinski  *Blush* And thank you. :)

7 months ago on Drawing Support

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I actually went back and read up on Dickinson when you announced this, Amy - I recalled that he'd done some questionable things on Twitter. It seems that he changed after Shevinsky walked away from Glimpse last fall, and she rejoined after he apologized and promised to change his ways (which, to be fair, it seems he has done). 


The quote from Shevinsky that you referenced was inspiring, too, and a true walk-the-talk reminder that sometimes you need to give people a second chance.

Bottom line? I did a double take, but I researched and didn't jump to conclusions. You are smart. You are principled. I trust you.

I'm excited for you AND for Glimpse, and I wish you every success, my friend. 

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Why I’ve Joined Glimpse Labs

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@exchangetime Trust me, the world isn't ready for that photo. I couldn't even do it justice via illustration. ;-)

9 months, 1 week ago on Vintage 50s Hair-Don’ts

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BRAVO! Never assume, especially when it comes to someone else's children. I'm hyper-sensitive to this (or I try to be, anyway), and I respect that this is not my call. I'm excited about this series, Amy - I know that many of us can benefit from learning more about day-to-day social media etiquette. 

10 months, 1 week ago on Dear Amy: Social Media Etiquette for the Rest of Us

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@Digital_DRK @jasonkonopinski Perth AND Freo and the west coast in general is incredible. I've got a blog post queued to talk about how I almost got crushed by a thousand year old sandstone formation. This comes as a surprise to no one who knows me.

11 months, 2 weeks ago on #FollowFriday: Darryl Robinson-Keys

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So nice to meet you, @Digital_DRK! I studied for a semester at Murdoch Uni in Fremantle, but my second choice (for which I was hopelessly outclassed) was JCU  in Townsville. One of my fondest memories is traveling up the coast, snorkeling on the reef and just being on the ocean. Such a gorgeous country with spectacularly friendly people.  @jasonkonopinski 

11 months, 2 weeks ago on #FollowFriday: Darryl Robinson-Keys

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@jasonkonopinski @ginidietrich Ever since someone described cauliflower to me as "the sad little ghost of broccoli" I've just never looked at it in the same way.

12 months ago on Gin and Topics: Space Bloopers, a Spaceman, and Space’y NYPD

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 @ginidietrich  I'm in the midst of negotiating a lift on the travel ban I received following The Hairbrush Incident of 2012. 

12 months ago on #FollowFriday: Our New Vice President of Operations

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Welcome, Clay, and congratulations!

"There are sidewalks in Tennessee." Love it.

Speaking of, I'll be in Nashville next week. If you are anything like @ginidietrich you'll want to flee the state before I arrive. ;-)

12 months ago on #FollowFriday: Our New Vice President of Operations

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Same here, Donna Ray. When he ricocheted off the car and went down I was pretty much stunned. When he popped back up, still waving? Awesome.

12 months ago on Trick or Moo

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Considering what happened to me the last time I traveled for business, it won't surprise you to know that I am also not a fan. 

Excellent post, excellent points. It drives me nuts when people use their "busy-ness" as a badge of honor (I'm not talking of once in a while, I'm talking about on an ongoing basis). I can't help but wonder, "Hmmm. Talk to me about your time management skills. Or your ability to prioritize. Or your ability to work smart."

Regarding the plugged in factor, people often say to me, "You are ALWAYS online." Only I'm not. I am very intentional about when I'm online and when I'm not. I still like hanging out in person, or working without interruption. Crazy, right?

1 year, 1 month ago on Work/Life Balance: The Cost of Always Being On

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@bobledrew , thank you for leading this initiative (Team Jacob), and thank you for sharing your story and insights and your passion around suicide prevention and crisis intervention. The stigma attached to depression and mental illness still exists, but as you say (and I want to believe) things are getting better. The more we can offer support and help and resources, the better, which is why this is such a spectacular opportunity. 

1 year, 1 month ago on Off topic: help Team Jacob in IMAlive suicide prevention fundraiser

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@photo chris We can laugh about pretty much anything. ;-) If you ever need to make a case for meeting people in advance, do feel free to refer them to me. I'd be HAPPY to provide them with testimony in your favor. 

1 year, 1 month ago on #FollowFriday: Chris Mader

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Our wedding photographer was horrible - it is my biggest regret. And while we laugh about it now ("Look, it's the two of us in front of the bay, not centered and with a giant random wooden plank to the side!") I wish we'd been able to find someone with your insight and skills and devotion to doing it right. It's lovely to meet you! Happy Friday!

1 year, 1 month ago on #FollowFriday: Chris Mader

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Thanks, lady! I enjoy singing and playing (more the singing part). I have several funny stories about both, as you might imagine.

1 year, 1 month ago on Sophie, Music Critic

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Definitely tough to discern given the distance and video quality, but trust me, she was vomiting. This time, anyway.

1 year, 1 month ago on Sophie, Music Critic

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@RobBiesenbach I have to say, I feel a little silly now for listening to the initial response to the book. What I kept hearing - over and over again - was how easy it is to give other people advice on success when you are in a position of success (financial, position, etc.).

And to be honest, I wasn't interested in reading another book about "This is how I succeeded and I'll give you my advice but really it's not going to work for you because it's kind of specific to me and part of it was luck and timing, the end."

From @ginidietrich's take, the book has more realistic and useful and research-based ideas and observations than I thought. Some of which I could have really used a couple of months ago, to be honest. Better late than never, I suppose.

1 year, 2 months ago on Lean In: Inspiring, Empowering, and Why You Should Read It

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@photo chris @RobBiesenbach Now that you mention it, I have noticed a difference between the two scenarios. That's interesting. 

1 year, 2 months ago on Lean In: Inspiring, Empowering, and Why You Should Read It

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Thanks, @ginidietrich, for a helpful review. I'd heard so much chatter about this book, but your assessment caught my attention and now I'd like to read it. I have to say, the timing could not be better. Some of the advice you pulled to share in your review really hit home and could not be more timely. 

1 year, 2 months ago on Lean In: Inspiring, Empowering, and Why You Should Read It

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@Danny Brown Look, Danny, I apologized for that already. :P 

Seriously, though, it's such a challenge. I have the luxury of not really caring what my score is or who is monitoring my social channels. I fully respect that not everyone can do that, given the buzz around scores and engagement numbers and return on investment (the latter two being most relevant, as far as I'm concerned). And if my business was communications, or marketing, or content strategy, or one of many professional tied directly into this as a communications stream you can bet I'd probably be doing the same. 

Unfortunately, though, the net result is less engagement, not more. Twitter seems to be evolving into a gauntlet of people standing on milk crates using megaphones to get your attention (filled with sound and fury, signifying nothing).

@RichBecker 

1 year, 2 months ago on Why Smart Marketers Combine Automated AND Conversational Insights

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Thought provoking posts indeed (from you and @RichBecker).

I drifted away from Twitter a couple of years ago, and as I'm slowly re-engaging I'm finding it to be slow going. After reading this, it occurred to me that the reason may have a lot to do with the automation. I see the same posts over and over - headline after headline after headline on my lists, even the lists I have of people I KNOW are engaged with their audiences. I witness very little of that engagement, though. And when I do send a tweet, I generally don't get much back at all. 

I realize that the platform has changed, and that I use it for personal rather than professional purposes, and that because I've been away for a while it may take a while to build a responsive network back up. Even so, I don't know how long I'll be interested in tweeting into a vacuum. 

I wonder where the balance lies?

1 year, 2 months ago on Why Smart Marketers Combine Automated AND Conversational Insights

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@Danny Brown Okay. I was just checking. We really do have to work on this crouton thing, though.

1 year, 2 months ago on Do I Dare To Eat A Beet?

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@ginidietrich There is absolutely something singularly spectacular about fresh produce, isn't there? Maybe one day I'll even grow some. 

1 year, 2 months ago on Do I Dare To Eat A Beet?

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@ginidietrich @ShellyKramer So it took me years to try fresh asparagus, having been scarred by the canned stuff when I was young. I finally did and I LOVE it, but that's definitely another veggie that should come with a tiny warning label because that whole pee thing was just unexpected and worrisome until I figured out what was going on. GAH!

1 year, 2 months ago on Do I Dare To Eat A Beet?

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@Danny Brown HOW ARE WE FRIENDS? Because THAT'S just crazy talk. Next thing you know, you're going to want me to try turnips.

1 year, 2 months ago on Do I Dare To Eat A Beet?

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@AmyVernon I'm cautiously optimistic, but not quite ready for the pickled ones yet.

By the way, my alternate working title for this post was Heartbreak Beet. Thought you might appreciate that. 

1 year, 2 months ago on Do I Dare To Eat A Beet?

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@Danny Brown Look, we all know that salads are simply there to allow us to eat more croutons. 

1 year, 2 months ago on Do I Dare To Eat A Beet?

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Beets are far too wise to use questionable hairbrushes. However, I've heard they do use heaps of product.

1 year, 2 months ago on Do I Dare To Eat A Beet?

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I used to be the SAME WAY with onions. And when I'd go out of the way to order something without onions, I'd get attitude. "Do you see any onions in the picture?" "No, but then I've never gotten anything from this place that looks even remotely like the picture." Pause. "Fair enough." I mean, onions aren't like salt and pepper.

1 year, 2 months ago on Do I Dare To Eat A Beet?

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Rice?!

1 year, 2 months ago on Do I Dare To Eat A Beet?

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Hear hear! Beautiful post (as always) and well-presented argument. So often the nuances are overlooked (or ignored completely) in a bid to over-simplify or create a tempest in a teacup.

I'm thankful I don't read Italian, or the journal site would now own my house.

And I should've guessed that you are also a fan of fountain pens.

1 year, 2 months ago on All dichotomies are false dichotomies

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I believe you were the one who first warned me about that as I was seeking social media input regarding beets. They really should list that on the warning label.

1 year, 2 months ago on Do I Dare To Eat A Beet?

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@ShellyKramer I'm learning. I don't know that I'm quite ready for pickled beets yet, but that borscht was incredible. I think next up is going to be roasted, then roasted with goat cheese and pistachios. There's also a salad in a nearby restaurant with beets and strawberries, I believe, so I may have to try that, too. 

1 year, 2 months ago on Do I Dare To Eat A Beet?

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Thanks, Hessie, for an excellent post summing up so much of what has been happening online in recent days. I have so many thoughts about this issue - civility, the so-called freedom of speech defense and where that begins and ends - but what fascinates and truly horrifies me is to see the comments people make USING THEIR OWN NAMES on platforms like Twitter. That suggests to me one of two things: either people truly don't get it (possible) or - worse - they do get it and simply don't care.

My fear is that as society teaches us through endless punditry that louder and longer "wins," people are simply willing to take that next step and slip out from behind anonymous identities while still typing and saying hateful and hurtful things.

Lots to think about. Thank you.

1 year, 2 months ago on Publishers OR Platforms? Cyberbullying and Increased Accountability by Social Networks

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Happy Follow Friday, Susan! While you could fit my knowledge of football on the head of a pin (and even then there would be unused space), I'm always glad to meet smart and funny people, and I loved the mental image of you walking down a dark path with a lighter - I think that resonates with many of us, and certainly we could all benefit from learning more about what you're doing and how you're doing it. So nice to meet you!

1 year, 2 months ago on #FollowFriday: Susan Cellura

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I'm already laughing, Gini.

1 year, 2 months ago on The Worst Nice Meeting You Email in the Universe – An Interpretation

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Two thoughts: first, I hope that workplaces begin to both value the skills of those who choose to stay at home to raise children AND even begin to offer options (on-site childcare, flexible hours, ability to work from home) to better allow people who would like to work part-time to keep their skills fresh. I know, some do. But not nearly enough, and one reason I hear a lot (as you mentioned) is the cost of child care.

Second, I have several friends who are stay-at-home dads. I wonder if they will face the same challenges if and when they choose to re-enter the work force.

Thanks, as always, for a thought-provoking post!

1 year, 2 months ago on What the Opt-Out Generation Means Longer-Term

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"Please contact my former Office Manager for references."

1 year, 2 months ago on The Worst Nice Meeting You Email in the Universe – An Interpretation

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Think of it is way: he'll probably misplace her. Size negative 4s are notoriously difficult to track with the naked eye.

1 year, 2 months ago on The Worst Nice Meeting You Email in the Universe – An Interpretation

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@maggielmcg At this point he'd probably Botox one eye and Lasik my spleen. 

1 year, 2 months ago on The Worst Nice Meeting You Email in the Universe – An Interpretation

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