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3Rs: I Read Banned Books

I believe banning books is only a hop, skip and a jump away from burning books. Books are more than a window to another world, an escape, or a place to stretch the wings of your imagination. They let you walk in someone else’s shoes, see the world from a different perspective. They make you think and feel. They challenge your assumptions about the world and make you more compassionate. If you can cry for a heroine in a novel, aren’t you more likely to sympathize with your next door neighbor? I think so. So, when I found a list of the 100 most banned books between 2000 and 2009 compiled by the American Library Association I immediately added those books to my books-to-read spreadsheet. (Yes, I used to have a spreadsheet for books.) Based on the books I’d already read that were on the list, I knew I’d find a lot of gems/Jill Barville, 3Rs. More here.

Question: What's the last banned book that you've read?

3Rs: Running For Sherry Arnold

Jill Barville, of the 3Rs blog, is encouraging people to participate in a virtual memorial run for Sherry Arnold, a kidnapped & probably murdered Montana teacher who never returned from a job earlier this month. The virtual run will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday 11. Jill writes: “I’ve thought of Sherry during almost every run in the past three weeks, some of them adrenaline-fueled races against myself as I’ve thought about the many dangers to runners, especially women, no matter how many precautions we take. I’ve imagined the many ways Sherry’s story might have ended differently, have ended later. But we can’t revise real life the way we might a blog post or piece of fiction. We also can’t predict how our own stories will end.” More here.

Question: What precautions do you take when you walk or run by yourself?

NI Blogs: Benefits Of Blog Spam

During a recent care-free afternoon, Marianne Love/Slight Detour too her dogs on a walk — and spotted interesting sights like the one above. More photos here.

Top Post: I’m a little obsessive. Whenever I log onto my email I often quickly scan the junk folder. Though I’ll occasionally rescue a legitimate message, most of the time my electronic gatekeeper has effectively quarantined mail that’s infected, attention seeking, irritating, too-good-to-be true, perverted or predatory. But the blogging spam filter is a little different. While my email filter is overflowing with ridiculous offers of sex, money and drugs, my blog comment filter includes compliments. I realize these are auto-generated nuisance messages designed to clog the cogs of cyberspace and many of them appear to be written by someone who doesn’t have a great grasp on English, but quite a few are also affirming/Jill Barville, 3Rs. More here.

HucksOnline numbers (for Wednesday, Jan. 11): 8027/4748

3Rs: Breaking Down Twitter Bios

I’ve only been on Twitter for 7 months, not nearly long enough to have assimilated the unwritten rules and conventions, so who knows how many I’ve trampled and broken out of ignorance.  But in those 7 months of searching for like-minded tweeps to follow (see, I’m picking up a little lingo along the way), I’ve read thousands of profiles.  In that time I’ve noticed some trends.  See if you recognize any of these under-140-character descriptions:

  • 1.  Laundry-lister

Dog lover, runner, cellist, under-water basket weaver, sleep walker, vegetarian, married, MSU alum, martini drinker, neat freak, accountant.

This tweep tries to cram every self-describing noun she can into the character count, separated by commas.  The laundry-list profile is efficient. It lets you connect over common interests and is a great way to quickly locate other under-water-basket-weaving-accountants who sleep walk with their dogs after drinking martinis.

Question: Which type of Twitter bio do you appreciate most?