Archive for the 'Blogging/TMS' Category

Back to normal – all systems “GO!”

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

My blog designer/technician updated my blog system a couple days ago.  So yesterday morning I started to write a new post, and I couldn’t get the “write post” part to work.  Everything else worked just fine.  I just couldn’t post anything.   I tried everything I could think of – KNOWING that it was most likely some little detail that I was overlooking. 

It was.  I always keep the “remember me” box checked so I don’t have to sign in and out from my home and school computer all the time.  Since the system had been updated, I needed to log in again.  I didn’t realize that.  So I messed with it all day yesterday  – from both home and school trying to figure out what on earth was wrong.

In one little flash of insight, I thought, “Maybe I should log out and then log in again.”  VOILA!   Natually, during the time that I couldn’t post, I thought of DOZENS of absolutely fascinating topics that I needed to write about – but couldn’t.

By that time I figured it out, I was exhausted with the whole thing.  So I went to bed and decided to deal with blogging today.  So here I am – and “write post” is working just fine.  YEA!  And those fascinating topics?  Can’t think of a single one right now. 

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another test

Monday, January 29th, 2007

Another test.  If this works, I will be one happy blogger since I have been unable to blog all day since my blog wouldn’t let me post.  I’m cautiously optimistic because it SEEMS as though it is working now. 

What I did – I logged off and logged back on.  All day long I’ve fooled with this, and all I needed to do was log off and log back on??????

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Quotes about brothers, sisters (siblings) and family

Tuesday, January 9th, 2007

Since I’m looking for something to put on the top right of the header on this blog, I’ve read a lot of great quotes about siblings and family lately.  I wanted to share some of them here.  I found most of them at Quote Garden.

Quotations are great for condensing wisdom, humor and/or insight into a few words.  Forgive this long list, but read them all!  They’re so good…and so true:

Our brothers and sisters are there with us from the dawn of our personal stories to the inevitable dusk.  ~Susan Scarf Merrell

Our siblings push buttons that cast us in roles we felt sure we had let go of long ago – the baby, the peacekeeper, the caretaker, the avoider…. It doesn’t seem to matter how much time has elapsed or how far we’ve traveled.  ~Jane Mersky Leder 

To the outside world we all grow old.  But not to brothers and sisters.  We know each other as we always were.  We know each other’s hearts.  We share private family jokes.  We remember family feuds and secrets, family griefs and joys.  We live outside the touch of time.  ~Clara Ortega

If you don’t understand how a woman could both love her sister dearly and want to wring her neck at the same time, then you were probably an only child.  ~Linda Sunshine

Sisters are different flowers from the same garden.  ~Author Unknown

The family.  We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another’s desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together.  ~Erma Bombeck

Family quarrels have a total bitterness unmatched by others.  Yet it sometimes happens that they also have a kind of tang, a pleasantness beneath the unpleasantness, based on the tacit understanding that this is not for keeps; that any limb you climb out on will still be there later for you to climb back.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960

Our most basic instinct is not for survival but for family.  Most of us would give our own life for the survival of a family member, yet we lead our daily life too often as if we take our family for granted.  ~Paul Pearshall

If the family were a fruit, it would be an orange, a circle of sections, held together but separable – each segment distinct.  ~Letty Cottin Pogrebin

Family faces are magic mirrors.  Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present, and future.  ~Gail Lumet Buckley

The lack of emotional security of our American young people is due, I believe, to their isolation from the larger family unit.  No two people – no mere father and mother – as I have often said, are enough to provide emotional security for a child.  He needs to feel himself one in a world of kinfolk, persons of variety in age and temperament, and yet allied to himself by an indissoluble bond which he cannot break if he could, for nature has welded him into it before he was born.  ~Pearl S.

I’m a rose in the family garden.  A few thorns here and there, but singular, sweet and not too hard on the eyes.   ~The Median Sib

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A new motto for THE MEDIAN SIB? “Nothing in the middle of the road . . . “

Tuesday, January 9th, 2007

I’ve been looking for quotes that have something to do with middle/median/average to go on the right side of my blog header.  Here’s one I like:

“There’s nothing in the middle of the road but yellow stripes . . . and dead armadillos.”

~Jim Hightower~

Don’t you love it?

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A New Design for THE MEDIAN SIB

Monday, January 8th, 2007

If you’ve been here before (or if you haven’t), tell me what you think of the new design.  I told my blog designer (Beth of Blue Star Chronicles) that I wanted something different.  I didn’t want to lose the photo collage of my six siblings and myself at the top of the page, but I wanted it smaller, off to the side and with a quote or something beside it.  The new design is basically finished, although Beth is still fine-tuning it.   I’ve been trying to think of a quote to go on the right of the header.  So far we’ve been playing around with things like “A view of the world from the middle”.  However I’m truly right of the middle, politically speaking.  So that’s not really accurate.  The other one we’ve tried is “the middle of seven siblings writes about the world both large and small.”  Both those are okay, but don’t REALLY have the feel I’m looking for.  Any suggestions for a good tagline for the header?

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On Santa’s Naughty List

Saturday, December 23rd, 2006

I thought this was an appropriate logo for the next few days considering the fact that so far today I: (1) went back to bed after breakfast this morning took a nap; (2) bought a Snickers at Wal-Mart and ate it on the way home from shopping; (3) went shopping for RT and ended up buying MYSELF two sweaters (they were cute and they were on sale!); and (4) am blogging about this cute picture rather than cleaning and getting ready for our family Christmas get-together tomorrow evening.  So, shoot me – I’m on holiday!

Actually the logo would fit any Cotillion lady.

Tiara-tip to Stacy.

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900 Posts – That’s 2 post per day – Goals for the next 900

Saturday, December 23rd, 2006

This past week I wrote my 900th post for THE MEDIAN SIB.  Doing the math, that works out to almost exactly two posts every single day since I began this blog in September 2005.  Wow!  I’m proud of myself.  Of course there are some posts that I don’t like and others that I do like.  For the most part, though, I’m really proud of THE MEDIAN SIB. 

Up until I started THE MEDIAN SIB I kept most of my writing to myself, although some of my stories and op-ed pieces had been published in the past.  Somewhere in one of my storage rooms is a notebook with all the articles I’ve had published in newspapers or magazines. 

At this time of year it is natural to start thinking about goals for the coming year.  One of my goals is to start working on my children’s stories  Children’s literature has always been a great love of mine.  My dream is to write wonderful books for children.  I’d love to visit schools and read my books and others to groups of children and encourage and inspire them to write their own stories and to unleash their imaginations.  2007 will be the year that I start working toward that dream.

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Thursday, December 7th, 2006

Please click HERE to vote for THE MEDIAN SIB for the “Best of the Top 250 Blogs” (TTLB) category.  And then come back and vote again each day.  Each person can vote once per day!  There are some major blogs as competition – so help out us little guys.  THANKS!

The 2006 Weblog Awards


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2006 WEBLOG AWARDS – Vote for TMS (pretty please!)

Thursday, December 7th, 2006

Voting for the 2006 WEBLOG AWARDS starts today, December 7th. It may be later in the day before the site is ready for voting, but check it out and see which blogs are finalists in the various categories.

Click on The 2006 Weblog Awards icon below to go to the site to vote. You can vote once in each category each day. Voting will be open for ten days. The reason for letting people vote for ten days is to give the smaller blogs, such as TMS, a fighting chance against the biggies. So PLEASE vote – each day – for whoever you feel deserves to win. 

The 2006 Weblog Awards


I’m thrilled that THE MEDIAN SIB is a finalist in the “Best of the Top 250” (TTLB) category.  I hope you’ll vote for me!  And if you can’t vote for me, then go vote for someone else.  The more people who vote, the better the results.  The TTLB categories are towards the bottom of the list of awards.  So persevere and scroll down to it.  Once the site is completely set up for voting,  I’ll post a link directly to the category in which I’m a finalist.

Here are three other blogs I’ll be voting for each day. I hope you’ll consider them, too.

“Best Diarist” – Ruthlace

“Best Individual Blog” – Blue Star Chronicles

“Best Business Blog” – Reasoned Audacity


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2006 Weblog Awards

Saturday, December 2nd, 2006

The 2006 Weblog Awards schedule is posted.

December 5, 2006 – Finalists announced
December 6, 2006 – Finalist badges and voting link codes available
December 7, 2006 – Voting begins
December 15, 2006 – Voting ends
December 18, 2006 – Results certified
Daily notes on all things Weblog Awards related will begin tomorrow.

Hat tip to Blue Star Chronicles

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