Parenting 101

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While I’m out and about, head on over to NewMexiKen’s place for the comment discussion on parenting. Pretty insightful, varied, and interesting, his readership is having a great conversation on the value of education and what it means to love your child:

You have to let them experience things and explore their world. Little by little, as they grow, you have to allow them to range a bit further, reach a bit farther, climb a bit higher, and, yes, even take some risks–within reason.

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Check out Heath in the Alibi

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My favorite newspaper-reporter-turned-online-journalist Heath Haussamen was profiled in the Alibi this week. Here’s an excerpt:

[Haussamen]: The benefits of the online format are immediacy, depth and multimedia opportunities. I can publish articles that don’t run in newspapers until the next day. I can have a written article accompanied by photos, video, comments, links to other sites that contain more information, etc. The possibilities are nearly endless. And the only space constriction is the attention span of the readers. So there’s more opportunity for exploring the complexities of issues than in print or on television.

Heath is an incredible asset to the state, and especially to residents in Southern New Mexico. His prediction that Doña Ana County may one day rival Bernalillo in size is a bold one, but he makes the case. If it comes to pass, he’s going to be primed to take advantage of the increased importance of the area.

In addition, Heath is a great advocate for increased openness in government and reducing the role of corporate money in politics, and who can’t get behind those principles?

His site should be daily reading, and I hope you’ll give him a read if you haven’t already. You can always find his latest headlines in my sidebar, though you’d do well to bookmark him or add his site to your feed reader.

NM GOP out of the blogging game?

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I haven’t seen mention of this anywhere (admittedly, I’m still running all over the D.C.-Baltimore area) but it looks like the New Mexico Republican Party has dropped out of the blogging game. Or, perhaps they let their domain expire:

New Mexico For

Long time readers might remember the blog-spat back in October, when the GOP-backed blog New Mexico For Sale blamed the media for Americans’ dim view on the strength of the economy.

I noticed there was a brief hiatus after the election, but the site was up and running recently. Looks like something happened last week.

Blogroll addition: The Curious Blogquat

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I’ve mentioned the Connoleys before, and wanted to give you locals a heads up: Rob and Tyler have started a blog:

The Fancy Food Show in Chicago is just four days away and we’re gearing up for the big event. We use this show each year to find the hottest and newest food products, and bring them back to Grant County. This is also when we take a shopping list written by an entire city! All of the requests that you’ve made with us that we have not been able to find will be on our shopping list this weekend. But enough about the show…we’re back in our old stompin’ grounds.

Rob received his Doctorate from Purdue, and Tyler earned his Masters from Earlham. We lived in Indy for a while which is just a short day drive to the Windy City. We think this one of the best big cities anywhere.

We only have a few short days in Chitown and much of our time is booked with the show. On Monday we’ll be presenting at the show on building community. Tuesday we’ve dedicated to walking the floor and eating as much food as we can – we do it just for you ;)

So, if you’re interested in an inside peek at some of the food we’ll soon find in the Curious Kumquat, stay tuned to the Blogquat.

On the Virginia Tech shootings

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I like what Radley has to say:

When you blog every day, you sometimes feel conflicted about writing on other topics when there are breaking, overwhelming, horrible events going on in the news. Ignoring such news while writing on about other stuff seems callous. But so does commenting on an event about which you have little to say.

I feel bad that my prior post is titled as it is. I started writing it last night and finished before I had heard of the events at Virginia Tech. The Agitator goes on:

I guess all I have to say is that what happened at Virginia Tech today is horrible and heartbreaking. Now’s not the time for debates about gun control or campus access, or security. Now’s the time for sympathy and grieving. What a terrible story.