If you are (or know) an or who loves , , and super-cheerful prints/shirts/mugs, then Allison's new website may be the perfect gifting destination.

I love the Rainbow Brite/Boss design 😍 (dating myself, I know...)


A few reminders as we interact with coworkers, friends, family, etc. during this Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month:

1 in 4 pregnancies end in

1 in 100 pregnancies end in

Everyone handles these differently, though many do so silently. When we shared about our loss, so many people (of different generations) confided that they too had miscarried & had littles now in Heaven.

These are just 2 perspectives:



So true - if a commitment is going to stick, I need to know what I'm willing to give up to make that happen (whether in my schedule or from my energy levels)

The DailyBurk: What are you willing to give up?


I'm finally getting to missed episodes of the DailyBurk (while repairing piles of books!), and here's another reason to compliment people more often:

My trouble is I'm always so task-centered that I forget to take the time to complement co-workers. It's one of my perpetual goals....

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Given how privacy focused (privacy obsessed?) many of us are, there's a distro that I'm surprised I don't hear more about: #qubesos

I ran QubesOS as my daily driver for a few weeks a little while ago and was really impressed. It doesn't fit my use-case right now, but it's one of 4 distros I'm considering whenever I get a desktop.

Plus, even if I don't use Qubes, I'll probably steal some of their ideas for whichever distro I end up with

Today's the day!

My friend Patty's ebook of Slow Down Mama: Intentional Living in a Hurried World is FREE on Amazon!

& her 31-day devotional is available for purchase (ebook right now, and the print version should be listed soon) 😃

I'm planning to reread the devotional for

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"Hey, what's the matter?"
"Bleurgh. Work. Life. Politics. Stuff."
"I know, I know. Want my help?"
"You can help?"
"I can give advice. And I can give you sanctuary, for a while."
"Say you'll take me away from all this!"
The book smiled. "I'll take you away from all this."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

A resisting-a-nap toddler +
a box of wet swiffers on the table +
mama leaving the room for half a moment
does indeed =
all the wet swiffers out of the box & on the floor 🤦‍♀️

Fortunately it was a linoleum floor & not a carpeted room!

If you're a mama & looking for a good Lent/pre-Easter read, Patty Scott's Kindle ebook "Slow Down, Mama" will be free on Wednesday, March 6th!

The occasion? She's written a devotional for the book & it will go on sale that day, too! I'm 3/4 through the ARC & I look forward to rereading it slowly. Each entry has a verse, thoughts, question for reflection, prayer, & action. She has some great stuff! This is a sincere recommend ♥️

LOTS of FREE clean romance ebooks - think Hallmark movies in print form :)


Most of the authors want an email address in exchange for the freebie. You're only signing up for the email lists of the authors of the books you choose.

I don't read much in this genre, but I LOVE Emma St.Clair's non-fiction about email lists and writing (over at createifwriting.com/). She's been getting rave reviews for her fiction, if you want a place to start on this list. :)

Love this perspective, when work days are difficult:

"If we go to work and don’t love our jobs, quitting is not the only option.

We can choose to commit ourselves to ensuring that our colleagues love coming to work. Our work becomes helping them to find their calling. That act of service not only changes the way our coworkers feel about their jobs; it actually changes the way we feel about ours.

That act of service is called leadership."

- Simon Sinek from Together is Better book

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I'm thinking about adding self-hosted analytics with #fathom to my blog (right now, I don't track anything/anyone). Thoughts?


One pro is that it's a two-person team and at least one of them is in the fediverse, so that's a plus.

CC @dvk

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Definitely still believe this but don't know how we get there:

Digital preservation can't be something that only "digital preservation professionals" do, it needs to be something within reach of individuals who want to keep their own stuff during their lifetimes and then pass it on to friends and family. You're probably not going to run some ISO-certified preservation repository at home, but you should be able to keep your photos and home videos for yourself for as long as you want to keep them

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When revising your own texts, change the font to something entirely different after the first read-through. Now read through everything again and I promise you'll discover different mistakes.

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It's #LoveDataWeek (lovedataweek.org/) !!

This year's themes are:

* open data: lovedataweek.org/about/open-da
* data justice: lovedataweek.org/about/data-ju
* data in everyday life: lovedataweek.org/about/data-in

I might be tooting some stuff (most like xposting across some social media channels) under #LoveDataWeek19 if anyone is interested!

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openscore.cc is a project that wants to liberate sheet music from copyright and from paper! They invite and coordinate volunteers to transcribe public domain scans from imslp.org using musescore.org. Should be a great learning experience! 🎼

My local news station does NOT do reports on events that just happened, so I thought I'd check Facebook & Twitter for possible photos. Nothing. Not one photo. Even though the event was large enough to close a road for nearly an hour.

Part of me is so frustrated that NOT ONE person shared photos on popular social media sites.

The other part of me thought: maybe they're smart enough not to use those sites regularly and, if on social media at all, they're part of the fediverse.

One can hope 🙂

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Some twitter v. Mastodon tips for all of the lovely new tooters:

When you like a tweet on twitter, a swarm of AIs spin into action, analysing every aspect of the tweet and trying so desperately to find the matching tweet to show you next that will keep you scrolling, lest their masters decommission them in favor of a new version.

When you fave a toot on Mastodon, there aren't any AIs; you just made another human being across the world feel nice.

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The whole "Oooh! Libraries are OBSOLETE, the world is DIGITAL now!" thing bugs me for four reasons.

(1) You know a lot of people actually like books that you can hold in your hand, right? And that there exist large numbers of books that ONLY exist in that format and haven't been digitized yet?
(2) Libraries have often been the centers of digitization efforts. Yes, you can find ancient papyri online. This is largely because of efforts like the one at the papyrology department at the University of Michigan library. The same is true of a bunch of other things.
(3) A lot of people have a library involved in their digital explorations, whether using machinery and connections AT the library because all they have is a phone, say, and perhaps a heavily metered connection, to access subscription only databases and archives, and to get help with research.
(4) They provide nuclei for community interaction, often around topics that improve people's relationship with knowledge.

Today's motivation:

"Our job is to build readers. And while some might consider this work an uphill journey, we do this every day because the profound pleasures of a good book are for everyone, everywhere."

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