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CLMOOC Does DIGIWRIMO: S L O W Chat Observations

CLMOOC Does DIGIWRIMO:  S L O W  Chat Observations

CLMOOC’s official make-a-thon may have come to a close after the summer, but connections have stayed alive in the G+ and Facebook communities. An now there’s the CLMOOC Popup. As one of CLMOOC noble (and somewhat anonymous) instigators leaders writes, “The notion of Pop-Up Make Cycles is that they pop up suddenly, do their thing (and invite you to do your thing, so we can […]

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SOL#16: Why Write?

SOL#16: Why Write?

From: The Department of Lucky/Unlucky Re: Backlog of Sentences Dear Madam, It has come to our attention that you have a number of writing projects languishing in folders across the internet, not to mention your computer desktop. We have one question for you: What do you think you are doing? Sincerely. ___________________ From: The blog of Karen A. LaBonté To: The Department of etc. Re: […]

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Post-Election Action Report #1

Post-Election Action Report #1

I guess I’d better put my money where my blog post is. So far, I’ve called Paul Ryan’s office in support of the Affordable Care Act, and signed some petitions. I’ve also made some donations. This past week, I’ve been learning about the Dakota Access Pipeline and have grown increasingly concerned about this direct situation as well as implications for the future, i.e. legal precedents in […]

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#SOL16: Are You A Caller or a Call-ee?

#SOL16: Are You A Caller or a Call-ee?

This post is a fine example of Nitpickery and possibly Small-mindedness. Nonetheless, every word is true & I’d be lying if I said otherwise. “Let’s get together!” “Let’s have coffee!” “Lunch soon, OK?” “Can’t wait to hear what’s happening!” Recently I realized that every time somebody says this to me, I am the one calls, organizes, reaches out, and listens. Maybe there’s some etiquette I don’t know […]

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In the After(math) of the Election

In the After(math) of the Election

My rules for SOL posts are simple: open a new post on my blog, see what comes up, and write. What I wrote last week about the election of November 8 is still true. I imagine it will be for some time. So forgive me if I cast around for a subject today. But maybe not. Life has suddenly been divided into two categories: Before and […]

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Election Effects: Lost in Grief

Election Effects: Lost in Grief

I have been strangely calm since about 1:30 a.m. EST November 9. Not inclined to join a protest, yet glad to see them– especially to see our young people taking action, including my beloved daughter. Not inclined to rage on my Facebook page. Quiet on Twitter, except to retweet a few things I can’t remember today. I will join the Pantsuit Nation and send a card […]

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#SOL16: Small-Town Afternoon

#SOL16: Small-Town Afternoon

There is no bookstore. No movie theater. There used to be three grocery stores, but two closed. We have that New York staple, a diner, that stays open ’til 2 a.m. on Saturdays, any number of delis, and a bagel store. Otherwise your dinner choices run to pizza, Italian, or Chinese. It’s not unusual for people to commute to work in New York City; many others […]

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Hacking a Construction Site

Hacking a Construction Site

I had a meeting in Manhattan yesterday. It was a great autumn day to stroll along West 122nd St. Naturally, there’s ongoing construction; I passed the pit where an apartment building once stood. Workers were busily erecting the large board fences to keep gawkers and other nefarious people out. The dark green boards were pristine except for the stenciled white command to “Post No Bills.” The […]

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#SOL16: Picking the Right Pile

#SOL16: Picking the Right Pile

The painters arrive in two weeks. By then, my office will be stripped down, almost bare. Book shelves will be unscrewed from the walls, books piled in a closet in a different room. A tall glass-fronted bookcase will be detached from the wall, emptied of still more books, and laid on its side for safekeeping. First, though, there’s the file cabinet, five drawers high. With […]

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