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A word a day

This week's theme: terms from French.

frisson (free-SON) noun
A sudden, brief moment of excitement or fear; thrill, shudder.

I had one of these last night when I realized I left my purse on the Annapolis shuttle. The last day of CNS and I pull something like this. I didn't realize my mistake until I had dropped off Beth, Shawn wasn't home and I had to race back to Annapolis, crying and furious with myself. I guess alls well that ends well because the bus driver had rescued my purse and I'm ok, but it was a horrible night.

TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF - The SurveyName:MariBirthday:Nov. 26Birthplace:Lawton, OKCurrent Location:College Park, MDEye Color:blueHair Color:dark brownHeight:5'6"Right Handed or Left Handed:rightYour Heritage:EuropeanThe Shoes You Wore Today:brown, scuffed bowling shoes -- it's snowing!Your Weakness:Owen MaxYour Fears:Wasting time, longterm... Not knowing what I want and not getting it.Your Perfect Pizza:Papa John's -- lotsa meatGoal You Would Like To Achieve This Year:Next year: graduate and find a bangin' jobYour Most Overused Phrase On an instant messenger:lolThoughts First Waking Up:Brrrr...Your Best Physical Feature:EyesYour Bedtime:usually 11-12 p.m.Your Most Missed Memory:my Perkins Road 2-br apartment ... after the fallPepsi or Coke:Coke, but Dr Pepper is tops... soda is on my not touch list for now thoughMacDonalds or Burger King:McD's, but I sure miss SONICSingle or Group Dates:single single singleLipton Ice Tea or Nestea:Uh, neitherChocolate or Vanill…


Fun Fact

The turkey gobble is a seasonal call that only males make.
Female turkeys make a clicking noise. Males, or, toms,
gobble when they hear loud noises and when they settle in
for the night. One can hear a turkey gobbling up to a mile
away on a quiet day.

Source: Fact Monster


Some guy bought a new fridge for his house. To get
rid of his old fridge, he put it in his front yard
and hung a sign on it saying: "Free to good home. You
want it, you take it".
For three days the fridge sat there without even one
person looking twice at it. He eventually decided
that people were too un-trusting of this deal. It
looked to good to be true, so he changed the sign to
read: "Fridge for sale $50". The next day someone
stole it. Caution! These people Vote
While looking at a house, my brother asked the real
estate agent which direction was North because, he
explained, he didn't want the sun waking him up every
morning. She asked, "Does the sun rise in the
North?" When my brother explained that the sun rises
in the East, (and has for sometime), she shook her
head and said, "Oh, I don't keep up with that
stuff"... She ALSO votes!
I used to work in technical support for a 24/7 call
center. One day I got a call from an…

funny saying

"I'm going to punch you right into next tuesday, where my future will be waiting to punch you back into three seconds before I first punched you, creating a neverending continuum where I just beat your ass until the end of time."

Blogthings - Your Birthdate: November 26

Your Birthdate: November 26

Your birth on the 26th day of the month (8 energy) modifies your life by increasing your capability to function and succeed in the business world.

In this environment you have the skills to work very well with others thanks to the 2 and 6 energies combining in this date.

There is a marked increase in organizational, managerial, and administrative abilities.

You are efficient and handle money very well.

You're ambitious and energetic, while generally remaining cooperative and adaptable.

You are conscientious and not afraid of responsibility.

Generally sociable and diplomatic, you tend to use persuasion rather than force.

You have a wonderful combination of being good at both the broad strokes and the fine detail; good at starting and continuing. This birthday is practical and realistic, often seeking material satisfaction.

What Does Your Birth Date Mean?

Girls Technology Symposium

A statuesque woman in a black and white print, African-style dress, her shiny dreadlocks upswept to frame her face, addressed a group of teenage girls Saturday using an acronym for G.I.R.L. power, "greatness inspires responsibility and leadership," to encourage the girls to "own your greatness and take care of it."

Blanche Williams, host of an XM radio show "Greatness by Design," was the engaging motivational speaker who ended the first Prince George's County Girls Technology Symposium.

"Science rules the world," Williams said, reiterating the theme that emerged from the event's 10 other presenters.

About 50 girls and a few parents and younger siblings heard from a dentist, medical doctor, food scientist, FBI special agent, forensic chemist, financial planner, web developer, engineer, lieutenant colonel in the fire department and astrophysicist.

The presenters, who were all women, stressed the …

You are Special

Happiness keeps You Sweet,

Trials keep You Strong,
Sorrows keep You Human,
Failures keeps You Humble,
Success keeps You Glowing,
But Only God keeps You Going!

You are so special! | Views On The State Of Public Affairs Reporting | Views On The State Of Public Affairs Reporting

Public Affairs Definition...

Public affairs reporting is synonymous with the coverage of government. However, because government is so entirely pervasive in our society, there are few areas of social and political affairs that fall outside the range of the public affairs reporter.

Stressing the watchdog role of the press and investigative techniques. Topics include local, state, national and international government and politics, defence, immigration and multiculturalism, health, education and welfare, the environment science, industrial issues, economics and finance.
~ (This one breaks my heart)

A quote...

Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience
with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own
imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them--
every day begin the task anew.
--St. Francis of Sales, 17th Century Bishop of Geneva

End obsession with SELF

Ending the Obesession with Self

“He must become greater; I must become less.” John 3:30

Have you ever considered how much time you think about yourself? Do you wander by a mirror and catch a quick glance? Do you browse fashion magazines and imagine for hours how you would look in some snazzy new outfit? Have you ever thought about how many of your sentences begin with “I” or end with “me”? The obsession with self starts early. Moments after birth, the self demands its own way. A baby will scream, pout or keep his parents awake for hours at night asserting his obsession with self. Have you ever wondered why it is that your parents never had to teach you how to be selfish? For most, no matter what the issue, life seems to revolve around answering the question, “What do I get out of this?”

One of the most compelling sermons I ever heard was given years ago by the former president of Moody Bible Institute, Joe Stowell. The sermon I heard hit me at the core of my being. He said, “One d…


SO, I guess I'm supposed to comment on the articles I'm posting on here. Not that I didn't know that, I just didn't do it when I found all these articles. No one is reading this really, so I'm kinda FREEEEEE to do what I want and I've been using this as an online bookmarking space. Does such a thing exist for that purpose? If not it's a good idea because people (including me) use so many different computers in a given day.

BUT, I do have comments and I guess really commenTARY (or commenMARI) on all the articles I linked, including some that I'll use for my Women in the Media class journal. (aside: in that class I was told my writing is awkward -- true, esp. for the paper I turned in...but it's sad that something I do SO MUCH of actually isn't much good at all. and how do i turn that around? maybe i need a break?)

so, commenMARI, from the top down:

Obesity story in the Post: my coworker showed me this. WE ARE GOLDEN if it's true. But medical res…

Yahoo! News - Top Stories - Knight Ridder Newspapers

Yahoo! News - Top Stories - Knight Ridder Newspapers

I wrote a lot of these headlines: the discovery one, domestic terrorism and 14th presidential library. i bet they're bad. weird to think my stuff goes out without someone changing the heads! aiyiyiah!!! i'll have to pay attention to this site and print out my headlines for future clip packages.

ugh. ~mari...

Takoma/Silver Spring Voice: News

Takoma/Silver Spring Voice: News

An article by me. There's another that's weird and they made a mistake pasting it into the Web program, but I'm not bothered enough to tell them. I've got three more stories coming up with this publication -- a monthly news magazine. Good times. Not really women related, but I wrote them AND a lot of the leaders on this task force are women.


Women's International News: A collection of links for my paper


WINGS: Women's International News Gathering Service

International Women's Media Foundation

African Women's Media Center

MediaChannel: Issue Guides, Women's Media

Women's Media, Communication & News Sources

Women Make the News 2005

Women's Institute for Freedom of the Press

I think these give a pretty good idea that women media makers have a strong online presence, but most of it IS from the United States and other developed countries reaching out to those in less developed places. More to follow once I really look at these. Thanks.


No Train, No Gain

Discussion Threads

Here's a site for aspiring journalists and journalists alike. I found the profile thing helpful, which I got to because I'm at my internship searching the Internet waiting for stories to drop. Almost been here five hours though, so I'm out.

Cherry blossoms were gorgeous today! It was cloudy and cool but I got some good shots. Will post them on tripod sometime this weekend.

Out. ~Mari...

Really good Chicago Tribune article ... and more!

Chicago Tribune From `silent purchase' to `new freedom'

This is a GREAT article that I'm going to use for my Women in the Media journal that I do for the undergrad class I'm in. I found it thru ms. musings, a GREAT blog that's been really helpful to me in the few weeks I've been reading it.

The presentation in the class about WAM!2005 went really well. The girls were all interested in what I had to say and asked intelligent questions, including "WHY DID YOU GO?" when I expressed my surprise at how political the event turned out to be, which was just something I hadn't expected, not necessarily something that I thought was good or bad. I like that girl though. And my answer was that it really does pertain to what I'm interested in re: media (women) AND i'm from Oklahoma -- i don't get out much so any opportunity to see the world is a good one.

I had some interviews for my graduate level project I'm doing for that class. I'm talkin…


Getting started with a blog at a Women and the Media conference. So far today I've been in a session about Making the Media Work for Your Organization plus hearing Jill Nelson speak. So far it's been a pretty good day. Last night was Medea Benjamin. I'll probably write more specifics, condense my notes and practice my information/presentation for women in the media class next Tuesday.

This session, How to Build a Blog in 90 Minutes IS having us make a blog, which was unexpected and really cool. It ALSO means we get Internet access, and I could check my e-mail. Good times.

The next session is Housewives, Bitches and Swans: Feminism in Pop Culture. TOO COOL, huh? I'm really hoping that will be cool.

Well everyone is catching up with me so I'd better continue and get in gear so I don't get left behind.