Bloggers On the USS Nimitz

I was recently invited to participate in a Blogger Embark to visit and spend the night on the USS Nimitz off the California coast along with a dozen or so other bloggers at the end of May. When I got the invite, I just about fell out of my seat -- my first thought was COOL. But very quickly, my second thought was whether it made sense for me to go. As you can imagine, the military isn't something I write about, and clearly, the Navy PR team is hoping to get some good coverage out of it. … [Read more...]

Celebrating birthdays in a networked world

This past Sunday was my birthday and I experienced part of it with my extended networks on places ranging from Facebook and Plaxo to Twitter (and now, my blog). I have to say, it was wonderful to get all of the well wishes. I absolutely enjoyed it, especially in the early morning hours before my husband and kids woke up. First, a bit of explanation. I publish my birthday date to my friends and contacts on Facebook (yes, my full birthday, I'm secure about my age, which is now 43) as well as on … [Read more...]

Election day thoughts on race and gender

On the date of this historic election, I am reminded in a very personal way how far we have come as a country and as a society. Recently, I was copying my Michigan birth certificate (more on why below) when I noticed some of the boxes on the form. I was born in 1966 and my parents had to fill out the field "Color or Race". And while my father had an "Occupation" box to fill out, my mother didn't have that. This is a stark reminder that we are barely a generation into being a "post-racial" and … [Read more...]