e-Readers plus Smart Pen technology? Give me those and we'd all be reading more, I bet. Add college student discounts, get rid of heavy text books this way, and...reading will be revolutionized.
Blogging? Reading? We're all reading less as much as I hate to admit it. Chez nous, we like Supermodel Tyra Banks, the new Oprah some say. Her show, America's Next Top Model, is about the only family show we watch. Or used to, before the youngest went off to college. It started as a daughter thing, then a daughter/dad thing. Now it is a husband/wife thing and it aggravates my spouse because I recorded the series and watched it completely out of order.
To my daughter, now home from college, I say: Somehow your Dad and I never got the last episode.
My book-loving daughter to me: I no longer watch tv. (but later she is on the couch in front of the tv while I do her piles of laundry. Did she do any wash second semester?). I ask her to go hike w/ me... she has blisters on her feet. "I'm feeling stupid," she says... "I've not been reading."
Ah. The college life? If only she had eBooks that allowed her to take notes and write on the pages. This is what we need for learning today. Don't you think all of our children would be better off not toting those huge backpacks and heavy text books?
Lauri has this: "by the time the average American child is five years old she will have logged more TV hours than the hours she will spend talking to her father IN HER ENTIRE LIFETIME." I will tell you that there was a lot of good time spent between daughter and dad. Maybe it started when he made efforts to get involved with things that interested her. Like fashion. Like watching America's Next top Model.
Top TV Shows this season didn't include that show but they did include: American Idol, Dancing w/ The Stars, Desperate Housewives, House, CSI, Grey's Anatomy. I'll turn on Desperate Housewives if I remember to. I'd rather be reading but, like most of us, I'm reading less and spending more time online.
Zoby's Reading and Book Buying Habits of Americans (pdf) via social media has this: Democrats (56%) and independents (50%) are more likely than are Republicans (41%) to shop at independent bookstores; 80% do not plan to buy an e-reader; 50% buy fewer than 10 books a year for self; 14% buy more than 20; 53% buy 1 - 5 books that never get read (how big is that to-read stack at your house?); suggestions from friends and family are the strongest buying influences; and -- tada (not surprising)...younger readers are most likely to judge a book by its cover. More people report spending less time than more time in the past year reading books with 65% reporting that more time is spent online.
I'm among the 8% that confess to writing in books. If only it could be done w/ e-reading.
How to Save the Book Publishing Industry is a post by Henry Blodget. He notes book publishers sold .9% more books in 2007 than 2006 and says publishers should publish electronic copies for 20% or less of the hardcover price. I say, how about discounts for college students and having e-readers that can take notes?????? Hello publishing industry and tech inventors?
Amazon.com will have 125,000 titles for download. Amazon's Jeff Bezos says Kindle e-books now account for 6% percent of sales among the 125,000 titles available on the site in both electronic and print formats. The e-reader Kindle's price has been lowered to $359. Again, discounts for students?
Books pile up by my bedside and I dream of better eReaders. Will it happen? This bibliophile wants to know.
Shopping in Houston's Neiman Marcus had a surprise... Manolo Blahnik is now selling flats. This is big news. Maybe that is because there has been an outcry against silly shoes that ruin the feet of women. Pediatricians lecture about sensible shoes just like dermatologists lecture about sunscreens. After swinging through the store, I headed out to The Walking Store to pick up some practical shoes. So much for my feet. I'm a practical, sensible woman. I would think that a wise woman would not allow her body to be bent and ruined for the sake of fashion. Feminist? Sometimes I wonder.
However, I came across these shoes by United Nudity that just reminded me of my youngest daughter, who can identify designers and the cost of their shoes just by passing them (that is what living in NYC can do to a teenager, I guess). I'm not sure if she knows about these, but the practicality of switching out the heels might appeal to her. But then, maybe not. She is not known for her practicality or good care of her feet.
NYC's Bloomingdales had the best shoe department, on par w/ Houston's Neiman's, I felt. However I discovered Zappos in NYC and it was great for online ordering for rainboots, an essential for getting about there.
George Crane was a marriage counselor and developed this test, left, as part of background for marital counseling. (link via boing-boing, full booklet on Flickr). Wives, for example, would get demerits for wearing soiled aprons or raggedy dresses around the house or curlers to bed and merits for dressing for breakfast and carrying on a good conversation. (A man would get demerits for boosting about his former girlfriends or conquests and a merit for real movie kisses and not a peck on the cheek).
Sex and the College Girl -- by Nora Johnson, a '54 graduate of Smith, in the November 1957 issue of Altantic Monthly wrote this about the educated woman of those times - (the year I was born): She has learned to think, not in the proportions of genius, but intelligently, about herself and her place in the world. She realizes, disturbingly, that a great many things are required of her, and sometimes she can't help wondering about the years beyond the casserole and playpen. ...She must be a successful wife, mother, community contributor, and possibly career woman, all at once...talk intelligently about her husband's job, but not try to horn in on it; keep her home looking like a page out of House Beautiful; and be efficient, but not intimidatingly so. While she is managing all this, she must be relaxed and happy, find time to read, paint, and listen to music, think philosophical thoughts, be the keeper of culture in the home, and raise her husband's sights above the television set.
Has Marriage Become Just a Fairy Tale? Disney is launching its first line of designer gowns. Marriages are now seen as extensions of play, as production, as practice. Are women living in fairy tales? Will being a Snow White Bride be a relevant thing?Has Disney created an unreal characterization of women? These women now at marriage-age have always had the princess figures in their lives. But do men know how to be Prince Charmings? No one dates anymore, who knows what to expect? Do women feel let down when their man doesn't come through in an idealized way? We don't live in fairy tales. We live in a messy world where daycare is difficult, most women work and commutes are killers and family leave leaves lots to be desired. So, wasup.
Be a Princess Bride? Thank goodness my oldest daughter was above that trend when she got married last August. My youngest might get hooked in to this stuff. She loves tiaras. Will she become hooked on Disney's make believe magic as a grown-up, too? She, who loved Lion King on Broadway? Disney World and Disneyland have 2,000 unions a year and Disney began offering Fairy Tale Weddings and Honeymoon services in 1991. Will Cinderella's Royal Court weddings become the next big thing?
This must be a hot market or Disney wouldn't be trying to capture it. The princess yearning for young girls is growing up and Disney will keep marketing the fairy tales. Disney designers have unveiled flower girl collections, a new line of bridal gowns inspired by each Disney Princess and there are even bridesmaid princess dresses.
Well, if you want anybody to conduct the ceremony, you can, with a few easy clicks, get ordained as a Universal Life minister to perform weddings. At least it works in New Mexico.
Women are talking about the imagery of standing publicly by a man who has shown unethical and unfaithful behavior. Gov. Elliot Spitzer, hanging by a thread, his future in doubt. Did she have him sign on the dotted line before she stood up there? Think of other women who stood by their man. Not Hillary. Hillary's public photo was walking hand-in-hand w/ daughter in the middle, off to the helicopter after the Monica episode. She didn't stand up in public by her man. Puffy eyed women on the podiums... heartbreaking stories. Silda Wall, Spitzer's wife of 20 years and mother of their three daughters, "doesn't want to look at him, and he doesn't want to bear the look that she gives when she does look at him," the story goes. As a mom, a wife and a woman, my heart aches to see this Harvard law lady be a backdrop. Click the photo to enlarge so her pain can be more visible. Ouch, ouch, ouch.
What is the equivalent here if you turn the tables? Venus and Mars, culture and differences. Dirty laundry kept in the closet. What men have had to stand publicly by their errant women?
Victoria's Secret CEO Sharen Turney said the company has "gotten too much off our heritage" and was "too sexy," no longer the ideal "ultra-feminine." Speaking to analysts as parent company, Limited Brands, reported quarterly profits fell 12% (and that was after a bad previous quarter), Turney said Victoria's Secret hopes to bring back sophistication.
Once one of the first football pom-pon squad members at the University of Oklahoma, this Delta Gamma sorority girl from Tishomingo, Oklahoma may be able to bring some down-to-earth common sense back to an idea of sexy that has become too slutty. She has the talent to bring the product back to feminine. Her background includes work for upscale Neiman Marcus, a sophisticated brand.
There are more than 1,000 stores but to keep customers, apparently Victoria's Secret needs to respond to sales and focus-group feedback and return to ultra-feminine lingerie, noted a Wall Street Journal article. When you google Victoria's Secret, their sponsored ad comes up "Shop Sexy...."
When times are tight, spending on delicate items gets put on hold... you know the saying, "use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without" and if gas hits $4.0o a gallon... photo
Some of us are lucky in love. Some love with luck. Some of us love. period. Some of us have lasting love. Some are hard to love. Some reject love. Some are in between loves. Some are looking for love and have yet to find it. Sometimes love doesn't work. Love becomes broken.
I've found out recently of a family member who died alone and no one knew...for six years.
This is AP photo was one of the top emailed photos from 2007 with Yahoo! We love the idea of lifetime mating, our culture does.
When love doesn't last, or is not there, for whatever reasons, it is sad. So I'm putting up a tribute by James Taylor and Carly Simon, once happily married, long ago, before the marriage failed. Here's to my wish that all have devoted relationships - in friendship, in family and elsewhere.
Last fall as rhetoric heated up against Iran, I came across a blog, Life Goes On in Tehran which gives a personal glimpse into city life. I regularly check the award-winning anonymous blogger Riverbend who writes Baghdad Burning. She left her native country, Iraq, finally, going to Syria.
I am saddened that she has not let us hear her voice. October 22 is her most recent post. It has been a long while since she
posted last April when her family decided to leave Baghdad. Then
nothing for months until September. She is now a refugee. She wrote on her September 7 post about her move, "Syria is the only country, other than Jordan, that was allowing people
in without a visa. The Jordanians are being horrible with refugees.
Families risk being turned back at the Jordanian border, or denied
entry at Amman Airport. It’s too high a risk for most families." Last April when her family decided to leave she wrote, "I remember Baghdad before the war- one could live anywhere." Her voice and that of my brother-in-law who volunteered to go there, made the war personal.