October 25, 2010
I’ll be away on vacation in Berlin this week but look forward to catching up with you next week.
Auf Wiedersehen…Ich bin ein Berliner…and all that good stuff.
Have a great week!
Image: German Flag by Craig Is Shooting via Flickr under a Creative Commons license
October 22, 2010
Every Friday I point you to some recommended reading around the blogosphere:
1. In keeping with my ongoing need to keep you up to date on the most outlandish antics from this midterm election season, check out this video of Jimmy McMillan of “The Rent Is Too Damn High” party at the New York governor’s debate. Wowza. Even Andrew Cuomo is laughing… (P.S. Love the ‘stache…)
2. As always, I loved Howard Baldwin’s post Random Thoughts On Turning 55 over at Middle Age Cranky. (“When I am old, I shall look like I grew up in California.”)
3. At the other end of the age spectrum, here’s a Sesame Street Muppet with an afro singing the song “I Love My Hair” which a real life Dad wrote for his daughter so that she would…love her hair.
4. And speaking of children’s television, a friend of mine in Boston has been involved in this really cool on-line project designed to teach kids to recycle.
5. I’m always fascinated by people’s relationship to their work, so I really enjoyed this interview with Washington Post book reviewer Ron Charles at the Huffington Post. (If you haven’t seen one of Charles’ video book reviews, it’s a must.)
6. If you want to smile, have a look at the Here Comes Another Bubble video over on A Modern Mother.
7. Finally, here’s my story from Politics Daily about quite possibly the bravest woman on earth: a 20 year old university student who’s just become the Chief of Police in a Mexican drug zone.
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Thanks and have a great weekend!
October 21, 2010
Paul McCartney must be green with envy. Like many wealthy British celebrities, bankers and heirs, McCartney didn’t have a pre-nuptial agreement (“prenup”) in place when he divorced Heather Mills in 2008 — to the tune of 24.3 million pounds ($39 million). He couldn’t. His native England didn’t allow them.
But that all looks set to change. On Wednesday, a landmark Supreme Court ruling recognized the legal standing of prenuptial agreements for the very first time in England and Wales. While we won’t know until 2012 whether such agreements will be enshrined in British law, this judgment now means that prenups will have decisive weight in divorce courts going forward.
The decision marks a radical shift in British law. A prenup is a contract that typically stipulates how property and other assets will be divided should a marriage end. Traditionally, prenups were seen as contrary to public policy in England and Wales on the basis that they might encourage couples to split up. From 2000 on, the norm was to divide all assets between the spouses on a 50-50 basis, although judges can use discretion in deciding how much to allocate to any one party.
Read the rest of this post at www.PoliticsDaily.com…
Image: McConnection – Year 9, number 31 Paul McCartney fanclub Netherlands by Antoon Foobar via Flickr under a Creative Commons License.
October 18, 2010
I’m taking a break from my normal posting today to ask a big favor.
I’m in the process of re-designing this blog (stay tuned!) and as I go about doing that, I thought that it might be helpful to know a bit more about my readers.
Should I ever try to syndicate all or parts of this blog (for profit), I need to know a bit more about the demographics of my readers. And should I ever wish to run ads, I will also need to know a bit more about you.
So I’ve designed a survey to learn a few details about who’s reading this blog. A few points worth making up front:
*I’m running this survey through an on line company called Survey Monkey.
*This is completely anonymous survey and all data will be handled confidentially. No one will know who you are (even me!)
*This won’t take more than a few minutes of your time. (Promise!)
But it will be enormously helpful to me as I move forward with RealDelia.
I wish that I could give you a prize for doing this, but I will instead just thank you from the bottom of my heart. As a token of my appreciation, I will also bequeath you the virtual flower bouquet featured above for being such loyal and devoted readers of this blog.
Apparently the survey link was not working when I first posted but it should be working now. If you tried to do the survey and could not, kindly try again.
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October 15, 2010
Every Friday I point you towards some recommended reading around the blogosphere:
1. This is now a bit dated, but if you haven’t seen these two ads back to back, it’s a must. The first is Delaware senatorial candidate Christine O’Donnell’s “I’m You” ad in which she dispels all those pesky rumors that she’s really a witch. The second is a You Tube parody of the O’Donnell ad which is just…well, priceless.
2. In a campaign season featuring the likes of those ads, it’s no wonder that my Politics Daily colleague Donna Trussell came up with this post to characterize America’s political “moment” right now, aptly entitled Witches and Whores and Sluts, Oh My!
3. I got a real kick out of the Funniest Notes To Thieves Ever Written over at The Huffington Post.
4. And as long as we’re looking at lists, you won’t want to miss The World’s Eight Strangest Sex Remedies at the Global Post.
5. I’ve mentioned before how much I love Strangling My Muse, a blog designed to inspire creativity. Check out this Neruda writing prompt and tell me that you don’t just want to grab a pen and start writing!
6. Finally, here’s a beautiful video about dancing in the streets.
Have a great weekend!