Not too many distractions this week - the link round-up actually IS mostly links! Go forth and read, and have a nice weekend!
New Arrivals in my Google Reader
Dispatches: Links of the Week
When the whole world is your community, compassion can be complicated
"Real" kids, "not-real" kids, and "shiny happy stupid" ideas kids learn from their parents; parents may need to learn that "average" kids are all right
So much for the good ol' days (and even the not-so-old days)
Some people shop till they drop - others would rather drop shopping (Not me. I like shopping - as long as I actually find what I'm shopping for!)
From the "sad but true" files, an obituary notice
Is Facebook wearing out its welcome? Also online: contemplating changes in the mom-blogger-marketing sphere; more perspective on brand/blogger relationships.
On the other hand - considering truly going offline and disconnecting
Whose blog couldn't stand a few improvements? The Blog Improvement Project continues into 2010, now with a blog of its own - check it out!
"Senseless Sensibility," via Not Always Right
Bookstore | Everett, WA, USA
Customer: “Do you have the movie Sense and Sensibility?”
Me: “Yes we do, did you want the British or the American version?”
Customer: “I don’t know which one it was, but it has two parts.”
Me: “I think that would be the British version.”
(I take her to the section and show her the movie.)
Customer: “Yes, that’s it! I’ll take it!”
Me: “Great! Is there anything else I can do for you?”
Customer: “Does this movie use subtitles?”
Me: “Ma’am, it’s British.”
Customer: “Well I don’t know! I’m not an English major!”
I don't know. I seem to come across people regularly for whom English is apparently a foreign language, even though they were born and raised in the good ol' USA. (Then again, I've heard that what we speak here is "American," not "English," so maybe that explains it.)