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Oh, Jeanette. How well we both know how John feels now. Hugs to you as your family mourns Marti the Amazing, and I hope the pain ends soon and the happy memories prevail. As you know, it takes a long time.   ~Paula Lee Bright

 

2 years, 6 months ago on A Boy And (The Loss Of) His Dog

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My heart breaks for you. I write about this often. Dogs are such a vital piece of my life and my family's. But they give us the strength to carry on. I'm so sorry that happened to you this day. 

2 years, 6 months ago on A Boy And (The Loss Of) His Dog

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 @learnit2earnit Yes, I have forgotten lots from the worst times of my life. Nature must just delete it, or put it so out of sight that we can't run into it accidentally. Unless (and it's happened) we happen to run into the source of the hideous memory. Now <i>that's</i> a shock to the system! Ughhh.

2 years, 6 months ago on How Do You Deal With Life’s Lemons?

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@JessicaNorthey Oh, honey! TELL me about not managing your personal page well. I have people on mine I've never met or spoken to. Don't even remember accepting them. One by one, as they come up, I'm unfriending. But with the new changes—they SEE that I did so. Hate that!

It's worth it to me to tune my personal page back to something I want to read. I miss stuff from true friends and family because it's so cluttered. I remember a time when fan and friends actually communicated there.

Did you *really* say "ONLY let's you have 5000 friends?" Kidding! Kidding. :D

DANG, Margie. Apparently you hit a topic here that I feel strongly about! Sorry to have taken over the airwaves. :/

2 years, 7 months ago on Why there will never be a Margie Clayman Facebook Fan Page

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One other thought. You're in a family business, so you're probably safe as long as the agency is. Too many of us have found that the safety we thought we had was ephemeral. Having a non-personal but relevant page could be viewed as similar to LinkedIn—biz oriented. And let's face it. LinkedIn is nowhere as pervasive as Facebook is.

Wish I hadn't said "Let's FACE it." See how far the influence extends?? ;D

2 years, 7 months ago on Why there will never be a Margie Clayman Facebook Fan Page

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@BruceSallan Makes perfect sense to me, Bruce. It's the same way I feel. :)

2 years, 7 months ago on Why there will never be a Margie Clayman Facebook Fan Page

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I just don't really agree, kid. I have a page for my biz. But some people won't be looking me up by my teaching business but by my name. They don't need to know what my nieces and nephews are doing, and my liberal lefty pinko socialist views! ;) But it might be helpful to them to read the things I post about education, reading, struggling readers, and so on.

Having said that, I've *reserved* a page, but—nah, I haven't done it yet! I'm already overwhelmed just by the Facebook demands I already face. I'm getting tons of requests through my contact form on my blog, which is great news for me...and Facebook for my biz purposes is beginning to seem irrelevant.

But I'm not quitting yet. I'll give it a bit more time. There, now! Wasn't THIS a pointless post? But it did help me clarify my thoughts in my OWN mind. So—as always—Thanks, Margie! :D

2 years, 7 months ago on Why there will never be a Margie Clayman Facebook Fan Page

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I'm ideas, especially in my teaching and editing. Identify the problem, brainstorm for a solution, then make it doable for other parties. I LOVE getting through to kids that nobody's ever managed to before. It just needs some creative workarounds other than the usual "school" style channels.

I started to vote, but then found I had to sign in through Facebook or Twitter. I'm getting fed up with feeding Facebook everything I do. It just bugs me, ever since I found out that Mark Zuckerberg wants to control the entire web! Call me ornery, I guess. ;) I'll probably change my mind and come back and vote anyway.

Such a flighty gal, eh?

2 years, 7 months ago on Are You a Natural Born Connector?

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@nickkellet@xDeepS Deep, I can't see you on here! (Nick's blog voting page) I'm such a foooolish ole bag, eh? ;)

2 years, 8 months ago on Vote for your Favorite #usguys Blogs

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I'm happy for @xDeepS but what's up? He's not showing up on the page I'm looking at right now! Cool way to catch up with some old Twitter buds, @NickKellet! Thanks for it. :)

2 years, 8 months ago on Vote for your Favorite #usguys Blogs

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Angela! Oh, I have a special one. I love this one from Derek Sivers, a genius I met before the world knew him. What a time I had watching him rise in the music world, then the online world. (I was in music then.) I still keep an eye out for him around the web. So imagine my joy when I learned about a TED talk he was in, inadvertently, from someone who'd never heard of him before. :D

It's about differences. I've used it with older children and we've moved into a discussion of habits, customs, and finally—races. It's GRAND! If you watch, hope you enjoy it. :)

http://www.ted.com/talks/derek_sivers_weird_or_just_different.html

Your friend,

The Online Reading Teacher ;)

2 years, 8 months ago on 12 Most Innovative, Inspiring, and Unmissable TedTalks

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@DeanClevett@LittleAnimation@Josepf Dean, why are you SCARING me??? ! ;)

2 years, 8 months ago on Sad & Good things about #usguys

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@MerlinUWard I don't think anyone really was trying to force it. Being "internetty" people by nature, it just occurred to some that it might be an idea. Tried. Didn't last. No biggy. :D

2 years, 8 months ago on Sad & Good things about #usguys

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@MatthewLiberty And will it be for the baby, or is it sex-specific historically? (Of course, things do change, as you said!)

2 years, 8 months ago on Sad & Good things about #usguys

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@MatthewLiberty@Josepf@MimiBakerMN@dan perez Matt, I think you should start keeping a list of people who want to know when the baby is born! You know how easy it is to miss a tweet. Think it over. (hint! hint!) ;)

2 years, 8 months ago on Sad & Good things about #usguys

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@sharongreenthal@DixieLil Darn it! Now I feel guilty that after ten years I STILL haven't figgered out the ole food processor! ;) (Winking, yes. But also true!)

2 years, 8 months ago on 12 Most Festive Chanukah Favorites

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I love this post! I still remember enjoying learning of latkes and olive oil and the Maccabees, which as a non-Jewish girl I fell in love with. Mainly because of the fun of running as fast as we could and shouting, "MACCABEES!" for hours! Thanks for a great memory, even if I didn't share in yours growing up. :D

2 years, 8 months ago on 12 Most Festive Chanukah Favorites

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I think you are absolutely so right on! I know a very similar group and even got sucked in on the drama, but finally looked at myself and thought, "What the hell am I doing?" I actually contributed to the mess! Luckily, I pulled back but not out, and still have very close friendship with lots of the folks. Quite a few I have met in person, and each was exactly as I knew they'd be! Apparently one <em>can</em> get to know others pretty darn well online. (I've known that for 20 years...I've made friends for life all around the world.)

But it's good to read your story hear and coolly follow the steps you went through. We're all different, but groups, online and off, are almost always very similar. The same stages of growth, realization, dismay, everything—seems to happen in both. Then the group changes, or doesn't, and often that determines its viability.

I wish absolutely everyone I met there or may meet there well, but I'll never again get so totally attached to <em>one</em> community. There is too much out there to learn, too many fantastic people with my divergent interests, and way too much to do to become petty about things that really shouldn't be first on my mind. Another great post, Margie C! :)

2 years, 8 months ago on Why I Remain Unaffiliated

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@Josepf@peterfromottawa@Anonymous72@nickkellet I'm learning a lot, and still have oodles to go! Also have found some folks I need to touch base with. :D

2 years, 8 months ago on Sad & Good things about #usguys

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@libbytalks@TheDaveReynolds@Josepf@MimiBakerMN@MimiOrtega@MatthewLiberty@JohnFeskorn@LewisPoretz@StephenJ.Caggiano Libby, write anytime when that happens. We have it in common. xoxoxo paula_lee_bright at charter dot net Thank heavens you're on your way back, but sorry I was un-around. :/

2 years, 8 months ago on Sad & Good things about #usguys

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@MatthewLiberty@Josepf@MimiBakerMN@dan perez And I didn't know about the baby! I guess I <em>have</em> stopped spending any real time on Twitter. Maybe I'd best get back... Congrats, my friends! VERY happy for you!

2 years, 8 months ago on Sad & Good things about #usguys

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@MatthewLiberty I knew your last name, but had no clue how you'd selected Liberty on your handle. I love it!

2 years, 8 months ago on Sad & Good things about #usguys

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I'm so PROUD to say that I've either met or know almost all! Hey, I know some great women! :D

2 years, 10 months ago on 12 Most Leaderific Women In Social Media

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Angela, fantastic that you put these into words to be read! And you <i>KNOW</i> I already agree. ;D

2 years, 10 months ago on 12 Most Important Things Children Want From Their Teachers

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@Berryed1 But often in short supply. ;)

2 years, 10 months ago on 12 Most Important Things Children Want From Their Teachers

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I feel for you, kid. I know the horror of never-ending payments. Isn't it absurd? Isn't it ironic?

I so feel for you. What a nightmare, and it will never end. God help you, and us. :/

2 years, 10 months ago on What I think about Occupy Wall Street

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There IS no gorilla in the room. We KNOW what we're up against. And it's frightening, it's horrendous, and it seems insurmountable.

But I think we can conquer it. Solidarity. Hate to sound that ole ringer bell, but truly. Solidarity. Beginning with supporting Occupy Wall Street.

2 years, 10 months ago on What I think about Occupy Wall Street

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Some people are taking action. Some people are DOING something. Maybe you could, too. :)

2 years, 10 months ago on What I think about Occupy Wall Street

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@Mark_Robertson@JudyHelfand@margieclayman@MillerFinch Crazy isn't all bad. I should know. :)

2 years, 10 months ago on What I think about Occupy Wall Street

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@MillerFinch@margieclayman@amoyal Liz, I suspect that anarchy is a tad bit what OWS will become. Not through their own wishes. But because of the recalcitrant and obdurate refusal by the (Tea Party) Republicans to compromise.

John Adams said it brilliantly. Compromise. Compromise. Compromise.

2 years, 10 months ago on What I think about Occupy Wall Street

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@amoyal@margieclayman "OWS is just the tip of the iceberg and this economy is the Titanic." THAT, my friend, bears REPEATING! :D

2 years, 10 months ago on What I think about Occupy Wall Street

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@JudyHelfand@margieclayman@MillerFinch Chris Hayes is fantastic and great. I'm thinking now that I should go get my quotes from Jefferson and Adams and Lincoln. Should I?

2 years, 10 months ago on What I think about Occupy Wall Street

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@Mark_Robertson@margieclayman Oligarchy. Plutocracy. The masses being herded by the 1%. Sorry. I know that's not a phrase some of you like. But to be perfectly honest, it's the damn truth. What shocks me is all the people who are barely getting by—who are defending it.

'Tis a puzzlement. An enigma. A weird confluence of mind over matter!

2 years, 10 months ago on What I think about Occupy Wall Street

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@sigonee But Sigonee, it's not "us" versus "them." Because "them" ain't human beings. They're corporations who've been designated by our Supreme Court (and I won't even GO there!) to be "individuals." "A person." A corporation can now act as a person. Citizens United vs the Election Board. It's insanity. Yet it's happened.

It's unconscionable, unthinkable, it's beyond reason. Yet that's how it is. They, as human beings, can give and give and give unthinkable sums of money to any politician in America. And they do. From the top to the bottom. They dominate every senate race, House race, mayoral race, governor race, and many levels down from that. It's frightening.

And if you read the story of how they came to this vote, our illustrious and beloved Supreme Court—it becomes clear that even our most powerful judicial branch in the country is corrupt and the Presidents who appointed them knew full well that this was the desired outcome. There are tons of books about it.

Check out some of Justice Clarence Thomas's connections, and then tell us that he is a fair and unconnected justice. There are more, but I've gone on too long. It's sickening. And what can we do about it? I am sorry to say that there is no remedy I can find. They're appointed for life.

You may not remember Anita Hill and her grievance against him, but I do. And it's been ascertained that yes, he did commit harrassment. But hey. He was a United States Supreme Court Justice by then. Nothing can touch him.

Not even his wife's affiliation and job with some of the corporations he's been asked to investigate. His family earns MONEY from them. Yet he's supposed to be non-judgmental?

Oh, rats! I guess I DID go there. Sorry.

2 years, 10 months ago on What I think about Occupy Wall Street

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@Mark_Robertson@margieclayman Noam Chomsky is a hero to me. :D For how long? 30 years??? :D

2 years, 10 months ago on What I think about Occupy Wall Street

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@Mark_Robertson@margieclayman Always check for "alternative news."

2 years, 10 months ago on What I think about Occupy Wall Street

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@margieclayman Disaster relief always has been and still should be a function of a government by the people. None of us would deny flood victims a helping hand.

But the Republicans do. And have. And the victims are still helpless, waiting, and desperate. Nobody is prepared for a flood that was never supposed to happen.

2 years, 10 months ago on What I think about Occupy Wall Street

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@Mark_Robertson@margieclayman Gotta love Tumblr for this movement. It's a perfect wagon. Pictures and pith. I've never spent so much time there as I have the past few weeks.

2 years, 10 months ago on What I think about Occupy Wall Street

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@MillerFinch@margieclayman@amoyal They figure if they hold firm, invest nothing, and wait for Obama to be out, they will rule the playground. I'm hoping Occupy will nix that deal somehow.

And yes. I DO expect some blood to be lost. It sickens me. But there are always a few who will do it, for the greater good. I'm scared. But I'm determined.

And the rough stuff with the police? It's just not going over well. That's a good thing.

Great platform, Margie. :)

2 years, 10 months ago on What I think about Occupy Wall Street

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@Mark_Robertson@amoyal@margieclayman Long live Main Street. (And I love to chew alfalfa.)

2 years, 10 months ago on What I think about Occupy Wall Street

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@margieclayman@Mark_Robertson@Tribe2point0 Lincoln, Jefferson and Adams were all prescient. Great men.

2 years, 10 months ago on What I think about Occupy Wall Street

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@Mark_Robertson@sigonee Mark, I am horrified to learn of your friend's brother's needless death. That is a life-shaping moment for sure. You're as cool as I remember. :/ 'Twas interesting to read your semi-manifesto. I guess FireWyre (??) isn't that bad after all. :)

2 years, 10 months ago on What I think about Occupy Wall Street

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@writingrenee Oh, kiddo. I so hear you. My loans for teaching (incurred when I was 35-38—not a kid) hung around being paid in tiny bits for almost 20 years because I never earned enough money at school to pay them...so I'd send $12...$23...you get the picture. The only reason they're paid off is that the Pseudo-Husband worried that they'd ruin our house-buying ability (even though we were buying my own house, partially already paid for!) I'd still owe on them until the day I die if he had not simply, behind my back, paid them off.

And I am SO well aware of how lucky I am for that. Before that, they called me, they wrote me, they never left me alone. The dunning alone is a nightmare. I would say, "I'm teaching in a district in poverty. We have no BOOKS. I have to buy books, I have to buy toilet paper, I have to buy paper towels for the kids to carry to the bathroom. I buy their freakin' lunches! I'm paying for things the government should be buying, but isn't. Can't you cut me a break?"

I've had grown women cry while talking to me, yet they still had to call me the next time my name came up. Some of us became friends. We're STILL in touch, thanks to Facebook! (oooh, never thought I'd say that!) ;)

Oh, I hear you, @writingrenee.

We were compelled (forced) to teach hygiene, yet then we were supposed to send them into a restroom without toilet paper, soap or towels. Can somebody explain that to me? Because even after all these years, I still don't GET it. ??

I admit that I went overboard on supplying my kids with "things." I have no children, though, much to my sadness and dismay. These WERE my kids. How could I not provide the books and math manipulatives and sometimes lunches that the school district did not? Could you?

I spent $10,000 a year, and still these kids didn't get even a fraction of what the kids in districts with more money had. Is that right? Is it? Is it?

I'm sorry. I just feel so strongly. And now teachers are getting their benefits and salaries cut, and for many, their jobs. The world is upside down. What on earth makes this OK?

2 years, 10 months ago on What I think about Occupy Wall Street

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@MillerFinch@amoyal@margieclayman They're criminal. And guess what? A tiny bit of what I have left is WITH them. Tiny, luckily. And I'm so clueless—I don't even know how to get out! Sheeeesh. Idiot? Yeah, I'd say so.

2 years, 10 months ago on What I think about Occupy Wall Street

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@Mark_Robertson@amoyal@margieclayman I am so longing to learn and understand the Euro situation. I know it's a disaster. But I can't seem to find info. What can you direct me to, Mark?

2 years, 10 months ago on What I think about Occupy Wall Street

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@MillerFinch@NicWirtz Going ON in St. Louis!!! :D

2 years, 10 months ago on Debunking the Myths of Occupy Wall Street

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@NicoleFende Our country is the car wreck. It's odd to me that you are unaware of it.

Best wishes. And no hard feelings whatsoever. Glad we had the chance to interact. :)

2 years, 10 months ago on Debunking the Myths of Occupy Wall Street

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Nicole, you wrote:

Myth #7: The Protestors are Poor

Do you know what I call poor? Living in a shanty town with no running water, an open sewer running right underneath the so-called walkway and food you hope hasn’t gone bad. Have you ever been to a place like that? I have, when I worked with fair trade groups in Asia.

Poor people don’t drink Starbucks, have laptops, use smart phones or wear designer clothes. Want proof? Just do a search online for #occupywallstreet images (or heck look at the picture above).

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Friend, you do not know anything about this. Many, MANY of us are regular old middle class citizens with all the accoutrements that you mention. But now we're losing our houses, our jobs, our health insurance and our identity.

Dear friends who taught with me are homeless. They no longer have classrooms and they no longer have a plae to call home.

I will be homeless in a little less than two years, when my savings run out. I am afraid, I am scared, I am desperate, and I am helpless to change anything.

Having those fancy things you mention once everything else is gone is meaningless. For you to use this against the demonstrators is cheap and lazy research. Don't compare us to third world countries, for in fact, we (theoretically) live in the land of plenty.

Except for the small problem, of course, that lots of my students are homeless, who didn't used to be, and my brothers recently lost their business due to the shenanigans of Wall Street in 2008, and they were contributing members to both the economy and society since 1974. These are losers? Really??

Nicole, heaven help you when/if something goes wrong for you. All it takes in this day and age is a little glitch. A little happening. A little illness. A little injury.

If you, who has such a broad view of the economy are not aware of the current situation of far too many Americans, then I simply am speechless.

I know you mean well. But you simply don't get how things are right now. It's not about resenting one single Wall Street employee! I seriously doubt anyone has a grudge against you. But good heavens. Don't you see our world?

Protesters don't NEED to be among the sufferers. They are speaking for ALL Americans who are in a losing proposition.

I don't know why I keep coming back here. Yet I feel compelled. You've gelled my thoughts. Thank you for that. :)

2 years, 10 months ago on Debunking the Myths of Occupy Wall Street

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@MillerFinch@JudyHelfand DUH! Of course it is. I was wrapped up in revolution and resistance. ;) Hahah!

2 years, 10 months ago on Debunking the Myths of Occupy Wall Street

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No idea why some letters are missing from beginnings of paragraphs. Ah well. No matter! :)

2 years, 10 months ago on What I think about Occupy Wall Street

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