Monthly Archives: March 2012

How Apropos – MS Fundraising Week & How You Can Help

How appropriate — nay, apropos (ap·ro·pos/ˌaprəˈpō/) — that this is National Fundraising Week at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.  And, in that spirit, I’m asking for your help.

As I noted in an earlier post, I’m walking in the MS Walk in Reston, Virginia, on April 15th.  I’m part of the team named “For Uncle Brian,” and am helping them to raise funds to support MS research and programs for people who have MS and their families.

If you can spare a few dollars (yes, every little bit does help), I hope you can make a small donation to our team.  Your donation is secure and tax-deductible.  Just go to this page to donate.

I and those of us with multiple sclerosis greatly appreciate your generosity.

Thank you.

Pinworthy Stuff I Pinned

And now, for the lates update of Pinworthy Stuff I Pinned.

The new ones are at the top.  Enjoy!

Want to know why I’m doing this? Click this link.

The Income Balance: A Brave New World?

I was half-listening to the television recently when I heard someone mention something like (paraphrasing here…I did say I was half-listening) “and what will things be like when women earn more than men?”  I can’t remember if it was a rebroadcast of Inside Washington or an episode of MSNBC’s new Melissa Harris-Perry Show.  Whatever.

Interesting, though, that I should get notice of “The Battle of the Sexes: When Women Out-Earn Men” in my feed reader today.  NPR: Books interviews author Liza Mundy about her book.  You can see NPR’s article (and listen to the interview) here.

I love coincidences like that.

The Opportunity Cost of Buying the New iPad

One of the sites I follow via their Facebook feed, Make Use Of (link is their web version), asked the question “If you had the money but didn’t want to buy the new iPad, what would you buy?”

Some of the comments are perhaps what you would expect (“buy a netbook,” “buy and iMac,” and so forth.

But a couple were a hoot!

  • A life?
  • Beer!
  • As much as they cost, half of a house payment!
  • A weekend at the Bahamas.

And so forth.

To read more of the Comments, add them to your Facebook feed.

Pinworthy Stuff I Pinned

Pinworthy Stuff I Pinned.

The new ones are at the top.  Enjoy!

Want to know why I’m doing this? Click this link.

T Minus 30 Days (’til the MS Walk)

I’m walking. Again. I’m walking because I can.

The local annual MS Walk this year will be held on Sunday, April 15, 2012, at the Reston Town Center in Reston, VA.

This year I have joined the “For Uncle Brian” team of walkers.   The Brian of “Uncle Brian” is a member of our local MS Support Group.

If you’re so inclined, you can make a secure online donation to the “For Uncle Brian” team that I’ll be walking with.  All money donated will go to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.


To see pictures of last year’s walk in Reston, click here.

Thank you in advance for your kind generosity.

Pinworthy Stuff I Pinned (updated)

3/11/12: UPDATE: Fixed link to go to all pins.

Pinworthy Stuff I Pinned.

The new ones are at the top.  Enjoy!

You Must Be Old Enough To Fly

Sometimes you see things that just make you want to go “HUH???”

I read the article “Turn Off All Electronic Devices’: And What Happens If You Don’t” in Thursday’s Wall Street Journal .

It began with a discussion of the Alec-Baldwin/Words With Friends kerfluffle and discussed the fact that orders to turn of electronic devices is routinely ingnored by the flying public.

My eyes were drawn to the sidebar:  It reproduced Delta’s list of situations in which airlines reserve the right to remove passengers.  The list is part of Delta Airlines’ Contract of Carriage (PDF) for domestic flights.

It included the expected categories:

  • When the passenger’s conduct is disorderly, abusive or violent;
  • When the passenger’s behavior may be hazardous to himself/herself, the crew, or other passengers;
  • And so on.

I then looked more closely at the list and saw this:

  • When the passenger is traveling in an incubator.



Anyone who may have a plausible explanation for why this was included please offer it in the Comments.

New Feature on “Patchwork Jumble”

With the increasing popularity of Pinterest, I thought I’d start a weekly Patchwork Jumble feature linking to my Pinterest boards.

The working title is:  Pinworthy Stuff I Pinned. (Who am I kidding? This is the final title. I don’t have the time or energy to think of something better.)

The newest stuff will appear first.  But, if you’re not interested in seeing everything I pinned, you can just look at my individual boards. One or more of which may (or may not) have been updated since you last peeked.

P.S. Full disclosure: The idea of linking to my pins from my blog was not my original idea.  I, ahem, lifted borrowed it from The Bloggess, who (which?) I read religiously.  She publishes a weekly roundup that includes “Kick-ass stuff I pinned.” (Her. She pins them. Not me.)

P.P.S. Oh, and I’m using her postscript trope here. Apologies to you dear Bloggess, but imitation is a sincere form of flattery. (I hope she understands.)

P.P.S. Enjoy my pins.