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Did you know that today is Blog Day?

According to the official BlogDay site: BlogDay was created with the belief that bloggers should have one day dedicated to getting to know other bloggers from other countries and areas of interest. On that day Bloggers will recommend other blogs to their blog visitors.

With the goal in mind, on this day every blogger will post a recommendation of 5 new blogs. This way, all blog readers will find themselves leaping around and discovering new, previously unknown blogs.

There are specific guidelines provided:

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There is a new site, Blogsonar, taking a unique approach to blog indexing/promotion: Visitors can register, log in and post a review or other blurb about their own blog such as the one I wrote about Colloquium. In exchange, the author reviews Blogsonar on his/her own site.

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Last year, Michael McDonald sat in with Paul Schaeffer and the CBS Orchestra during The Late Show. About Michael’s performance, Letterman remarked, “Man, if I could sing like that, everybody could just kiss my ass.”

I’ve seen Michael McDonald in concert twice and they were two of the most rockin’, good-time concerts I have ever experienced.

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I just received very sad news from my friend, Bob Romans, the leader of Cell Block Seven, a fabulous Dixieland jazz band headquartered here in Lodi. One of their members, Bill Gunter, died last night. Bill brought a kind word, smile and countless hours of entertainment to their audiences for many years. He will be sorely, deeply missed not only by the band members, but Cell Block Seven’s many, many fans, including our family.

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This article is a cautionary tale for all bloggers.

Background

I feel compelled to tell you about a situation here in the blogosphere that saddens me, but illustrates, yet again, the need for bloggers to deal with each other in good faith and with integrity and respect. This is a topic I wrote about recently, concluding that we all have a responsibility to post responsibly.

I recently submitted “Thirteen Reasons I Wish You Could Have Known My Father” to a blog carnival. I previously participated in one of the “proprietor’s” carnivals, e-mailed casually with him on a couple of occasions and recently, as you saw from the “sticky” post that appeared here for a few days, agreed to host an upcoming edition.

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Blog Village has honored me by declaring me their “Featured Villager” this week! I was interviewed by Janey Loree of “Notes that Touch the Heart . . . ”

Here’s an excerpt:

Janey Loree ~ Why did you name your blog “Colloquium”? Is your blog personal, business, therapeutic, or just plain fun?
JHS ~ The word has several meanings, but this one is the reason I picked the name: “An informal meeting for the exchange of views.” That’s what I hope this blog is: A place where people feel comfortable dropping by, reading my ramblings, and sharing a thought, feeling, opinion or viewpoint.

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“Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.”
~~ Maya Angelou ~~

I am breaking my own rule. I have to because I must speak out. I am compelled and convicted to do so.Just the other day, I told someone at the office, “Oh, yeah, I have a blog and it reveals what I do for a living, but I never talk about my work, my colleagues . . . that is all off limits.”

Not today.

Why?

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How Humpty Dumpty Changed the World: 34 Years of Roe

By Ken Connor
Monday, January 29, 2007

Every year since 1973, millions of Americans have paused to remember the day when new words entered the American vocabulary. Words fraught with ambiguity, like “the right of personal privacy”. Euphemisms, like “terminate one’s pregnancy.” Obscure phrases, like “the penumbras of the Bill of Rights.” January after January we take time to remember these words, and the carnage they have caused.

In an act of breathtaking judicial arrogance, the Supreme Court of the United States on January 23, 1973, “discovered” a right to abortion in the Constitution which had, theretofore, been overlooked by lawyers, judges and scholars for almost 200 years. As a consequence of the court’s ruling, over 47 million unborn children have perished at the hands of abortionists in this country. Thousands of women have suffered physical and emotional injury. The entire culture has been poisoned by the rise of a “disposable man” ethic that jeopardizes the elderly, infirm, and handicapped persons with disabilities. That ethic has given rise to a spirit of utilitarianism that undergirds a ghoulish form of medical “research” that requires the destruction of human embryos for the “greater good.” No single decision in American jurisprudence has resulted in more damage to the American people than Roe v. Wade.

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To those of you celebrating Christmas, we hope that you and yours have a wonderful holiday!The Siess Family:BobJanieRobertMatthewBuddy& SophieThanks for reading “Colloquium”!

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