Joan, that's a thoughtful idea. I think it could also work as posts in the existing group. Tyler Clementi's situation is one I don't fully understand - I don't think anyone does. I confess I need to look up Kevin Massey. I was also thinking about this, and what to do when the next one comes along. Which I imagine it will. I hate to always feel powerless and just comment on events, rather than being involved. The question is, in life overbusy as it is, is it possible to be involved in a meaningful way. I don't know the answer to that.
Thanks for the note, darlin'. I'm terribly behind on reading as well. Been doing too much offline writing as of late (can you imagine!?) and haven't had time to devote to discussions here. However, I was rather put off by some of the hostile and negative responses to some of my comments that didn't need to be as hostile and negative as they were. Sometimes it just seemed that they enjoyed putting somebody down, and that somebody was me. Not very fun.
You are made of tougher stuff than I am. I grew up in zone 5 midwest. When I first moved to Western Oregon, I thought I was in heaven! Last week in Chicago... Brrrrrr! Still, if you have hot summers, it can be good for gardening. Here is it tool cool in summer for much of a tomato crop, let alone sweet corn. But the cherries love it!
Hi Joan, thank you for your comments. You might be surprised - I looked up one Spokane zip code on the USDA Hardiness map and it has changed to Zone 6A. Might depend on what part of town tho. My Zone ia 8B and it used to be 7B. We usually get a couple of hard freezes per winter but nothing like you get. I have a windmill palm that has survived 9 years in my yard and is now 15 feet tall, roughly, and fig trees that have survived as long. Ive seen 20 foot fig trees in town. Eucalyptus lived a couple of years then died in a freeze. The daffodil leaves are starting to show now. Heliborus is usually blooming now but I haven't checked lately. Keep warm! Spring will come soon!
Joan, sorry to have misunderstood you as someone having a need to vent, because I am very astonished, how much many personal information you reveal on an open forum like AN, that everybody on the web can read.
So I acknowledge, that you know, what you do, and that you are strong enough to make yourself vulnerable.
My parents are having a harder time with me being an atheist. Right now, we are playing the, "don't talk about it" game. I think they see it as childish rebellion, which is insulting, but, regardless, I don't know how to make it ok, or if it can be ok.
I love your writing too. See you around the Nexus.
Joan, I just happened to read Ruth's thread about a personal attack on you, which I did not read. Revealing too much of your private life story in a public forum makes you vulnerable. If you ever want to vent to someone in private, you are welcome to write to me: email@example.com
Hi Joan! I notice that your group is starting out with lots of comments and no discussions. Please take note of the beginning of my Hints for Newbies discussion. Discussions are better because they keep replies connected, for a coherent back and forth, and because replies will show up in the latest activity of the member who started the discussion. Comments are loose, like post it notes, and soon you have a disconnected jumble of cross talk. Also, they stay in the order in which they came in, so interesting older stuff gets hidden. When somebody replies to a discussion, it goes to the top of the list. that way the hot topics aren't lost to view. I found new people needed help to understand that discussion are the heart of a group, while comments are just shout outs. They also need help finding the tiny inconspicuous "add a discussion". You can reuse my gif by right clicking on it and doing "save as" to your computer. The you can put it somewhere in your group if you like.
Another thing to attract members is to welcome new ones. See The Welcome Center group. It has some links to sites where it's easy to make custom glittery or interesting animated welcomes. We only have 3 members, at the moment. A specialized interest group you're welcome to join.