Giving Thanks

This is such a strange time of year. Many of us sit at a table, surrounded by family members we’re obligated to spend time with but don’t really want to see, we try to make nice for a few hours and pray to God no one brings up politics while we stuff our faces with way too much food, alcohol and goodies. And pie. Pumpkin, pecan, mincemeat, pumpkin, lemon meringue. Oh, and did I mention pumpkin pie?

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This year is different for me, for a number of reasons. I’ve been out of work for 5 months now, looking faithfully every week for something that suits my skills and career path. It hasn’t been easy, not being able to find something, and I’m sure as difficult as it’s been for me, it’s likely been even harder for my husband. So as I think about what I am thankful for, he really is first on my list: he’s my rock, a source of quiet strength and support at all times. He pushes me to be my best in everything, but knows when to let me be. I’m thankful that we were wise enough to have money tucked away so that I can not worry (ok I worry, but at an appropriate level) about our finances during this time. Yes, we’ve cut way back on spending, and the list of things we need or want to get when I get a job is growing ever longer, but that’s ok. I’m thankful we have a home that isn’t in need of major repair, that we replaced the furnace a couple of years ago now that the temperature is dropping into the teens here. I’m thankful that we’re both healthy, that we have enough to keep us busy in and around the house when I’m not job hunting. I’m thankful for the fact that I can not only make Christmas gifts for friends and family, but that I have enough craft things in my home already to do it, and don’t need to buy much of anything so we’ll be able to have a very affordable Christmas this year.

I’m also thankful for so many other things around me. As the news of David Cassidy’s death broke on the news services, and I was immediately saddened and thought  for the first time, “we’re old!” But I’m so thankful for the joy he gave all of us young girls as teens, and that we got to have him in our life for a time, however remotely. Come on, admit it. You know you had his poster on your bedroom wall back then. I’ll admit it, but we were so young and silly and and young pre-teens and teens just thought he was so dreamy. I found an article yesterday on CNN that is worth a quick read that is a hoot, with a few facts about him we never knew. Take the time to read it, if you were a fan it will make you smile.

I’m thankful for my friends, who listen when I need them to, and who are just there to make me laugh, or hang out, or allow me to reciprocate for them in kind.

Speaking of my friends, I am especially thankful for some new ones this year I didn’t even know that I had. When I was laid off 5 months ago along with the rest of the team I worked with, I was just getting to know the team I’d worked with for only 4 months. We were all telecommuters, and worked from coast to coast, and were on different projects, so we didn’t all interact with each other every day. That meant after 4 months I was still just barely getting to know some of the team. After we were all let go, a group of 5 of us started group texting. It’s become a sometime support group, a virtual happy hour, and a wonderful sisterhood. So I am so grateful for Salpy, Jamie, Kathy and Blair, I don’t know what I would have done without you wonderful women.  Along with them, my friend Morissa, who has also been an uexpected source of support and assistance that I never saw coming. Along with all my other fantastic friends who listen, guide and help me look for jobs, I wish you joy and blessings this Thanksgiving.

What are you especially thankful for this year?

 

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Death of the Editor II – Update!

For those of you that read this when I published it 15 days ago, here is a fun update. I sent Andrew Rafferty (@AndrewNBCNews) an email in early October, and tweeted him on November 7, letting him know that his article where Ben Sass asked President Trump if he was recanting his oath of office had some typos. Those typos remain in the story as of November 22. Apparently Andrew either a) doesn’t read email and/or tweets,  b) doesn’t give a damn about how poor his product is, or c) both.

I also emailed Carol Kuruvilla () on November 1, and tweeted her and the Huff Post on November 7, about her story on the pastor being banned from a university. Huge kudos to Carol, she corrected her story within 24 hours!! Thanks Carol.

I’m a fantastic editor. No really, just ask any co-worker or fellow grad school student whose document or presentation I’ve nitpicked to death. (I’m also a currently unemployed project manager but hey, I can edit, so if anyone wants to hire me, you can contact me through this blog!) I find all kinds of typos and mistakes in other people’s work, although I must confess if you go through my posts you’ll likely find things I’ve missed, since my eagle eyes seem to fly off when I own it. I do try to remember to run things though spell and grammar check, but occasionally get lazy, or just forget. Be that as it may, as I said in a prior post, it does seem nearly all of the editors that once checked things for printed format have been deemed unnecessary in the digital age. Poof! So I continue to collect evidence for your amusement, although the first example isn’t an online one, but nonetheless, should have been caught by SOMEONE before it was printed on the wrap.

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From NBCNews.com (10/12/17), in a story about Senator Ben Sass asking President Trump if he is recanting the oath of office:

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and the same article, a few paragraphs later:

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(It should read ‘past’, in case you’re wondering. The days are what are past in this context. Passed is what you do with a hat. Or gas. And yes, I did email the article’s author on this, sheesh. Hence the screenshots. As of 11/6/17 it had not been corrected.)

From The Huffington Post on 11/1/17, in an article on a Pastor who was banned from a university after speaking out about Trump because the university’s president is a Trump supporter.University

(Seriously? NO ONE caught that? I could’t help myself. I emailed the HuffPost on it. Shame on them for not using spell check. As of 11/6/17, this has also not been corrected.)

Since no one is apparently reading email anymore either, I’ve also taken to Twitter to raise the alert. Maybe putting the message out in front of thousands will make ’em wake up and edit. I know, it’s not my job to police the world, and you can’t legislate stupidity. But I sure can have fun trying!

What great editorial misses have you spotted lately? I’d love to hear about them in the comments.