“9 Self-assuring Affirmations for When You Need a Little Boost,” boasted
the headline. I clicked on it hoping I might learn something new. I didn’t.
It was a series of nine little pictures with clever sayings on them. The
“writer” provided no content beyond a short introductory paragraph that
ended with this: “If you’re looking for a little encouragement, check out
the self-assuring affirmations below. Then take on the world with the
knowledge that you’re capable of anything.”
I’m capable of anything? I don’t think so. I proved that on Friday when I
played basketball with a bunch of seniors and tried to jump to get a rebound.
I can’t jump much over one or two inches anymore. I could affirm myself
able to slam-dunk the basketball from here to eternity and it simply will not
I decided to read the affirmations anyway because who doesn’t need little
Citizen Journalism on Ulitzer
If you’re seeking wealth and fame, journalism might not be your best
choice. No one enters the field to get rich, and only a few ever become
An entry-level journalist will barely earn enough to survive if a job is even
available in today’s shrinking journalism job market. Even experienced beat
reporters don’t live in the rich part of town. The only people receiving
truly handsome wages in the news media today are celebrity journalists seen
on network and cable television news stations.
Fame is also elusive for most journalists. Only a few becom... (more)
Here are three examples of citizen journalism websites you might want to
The first example comes from the UK - a blog called BloodandProperty
http://bloodandproperty.blogspot.com/. This blogger was brought to my
attention by UK Guardian blogger Dave Hill
who refers to him (or her?) as "a Londoner who is inquisitive, persistent,
literate, sane, interested in local issues and very interested in politics."
Hill has added BloodandProperty to his list of Top Londo... (more)
There are so darn many citizen journalist and pro journalist news websites
out there that it’s tough to keep up. Here’s one that appears to be a bit
of both that I think you should drop by and check out: www.GroundReport.com.
GoundReport was started in 2006 by former UN Security Council reporter,
Rachel Sterne with the mission to "democratize the media."
Does that mean Ms. Sterne thinks today’s media is under the control of the
government? Without question, in many places it is - and many of those
less-than-free nations have had some important video reports posted on her
What was the first Christmas song you remember singing?
If you went to Sunday school as a child it’s likely that it was “Away in
You remember how it goes, don’t you?
Away in a Manger no crib for His bed, The little Lord Jesus laid down His
sweet head. The stars in the bright sky looked down where He lay, The little
Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.
I nominate this song, first sung in the late 1800s, as the BEST Christmas
song ever written. Why? Because it tells the simple story of the birth of
Jesus and it refers to him as “Lord.” Why is that important? Becau... (more)