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611th Friday Blog Roundup

Forgive me if I have difficulty processing things this week, but I just read that Grease is essentially the Sixth Sense with poodle skirts.  Sandy is dead, people.  Dead.  She didn’t nearly drown.  She did drown and we just spent two hours in her musical coma.

Which explains why the car flies away at the end of the film.

Wait… is the stage show ALSO her dream?  Or just the movie?

It makes me wonder what other seemingly living characters are actually dreaming from hospital beds.


Stop procrastinating.  Go make your backups.  Don’t have regrets.

Seriously.  Stop what you’re doing for a moment.  It will take you fifteen minutes, tops.  But you will have peace of mind for days and days.  It’s the gift to yourself that keeps on giving.

As always, add any new thoughts to the Friday Backup post and peruse new comments in order to find out about methods, plug-ins, and devices that help you quickly back up your data and accounts.


And now the blogs…

But first, second helpings of the posts that appeared in the open comment thread last week.  In order to read the description before clicking over, please return to the open thread:

  • None… sniff.

Okay, now my choices this week.

Okay, Loribeth technically submitted this for second helpings, but I already had it bookmarked for the Roundup, so I’m including it here.  My Path to Mommyhood has a fantastic post about the story you get to tell.  It actually reminded me a lot of Susan’s timeless post about fairness that I wrote about earlier this week, and I have a feeling this will be one I return to a lot.  She writes, “what you want and what you get are two different things, and that you can make the most of it but it’s okay to be upset and bewildered by the story you got, and share that so that you can find other people who understand what it’s like to live in that particular reality.”  Clearly the post resonated with a lot of us.

A Separate Life has a post about when our privacy ends, which is timely because I just got the ChickieNob Anne Frank’s diary to read.  She writes on the topic of private correspondence being held up as historical evidence after a death: “in the circumstances of a public or historic figure, is universally ignored and excused, as we – like vultures – pick over their most private thoughts shared with a trusted confidante. Does our privacy end with our death?”  Where do you stand on reading a person’s private thoughts after they’re gone?

Lastly, Different Shores has a post about the Scottish Prime Minister’s statement about her miscarriage.  On one hand, it is good to have loss discussed from a public platform.  On the other hand, is she being forced (or stepping forward willingly?) to explain why she doesn’t have children, even though her reason is personal and doesn’t impact her ability to do her job.  She asks: “Will there ever be a time when women without children are left in peace to just be, without feeling obliged at some time or other to explain why they didn’t reproduce?”  There is an interesting discussion in the comment section, too.

The roundup to the Roundup: Grease… mind blown. Your weekly backup nudge.  And lots of great posts to read.  So what did you find this week?  Please use a permalink to the blog post (written between September 2nd and 9th) and not the blog’s main url. Not understanding why I’m asking you what you found this week?  Read the original open thread post here.


1 a { 09.09.16 at 10:31 am }

Well, you know, Hillary Clinton also said something recently about how she has boosted the economy by giving conspiracy theorists so much work. So, Grease as Sandy’s coma dream is just par for the course for humans…

2 Sharon { 09.09.16 at 10:38 am }

I read that Grease conspiracy theory yesterday, and I don’t believe it. If Sandy were in a coma and dreaming, I think many of the things that happened in the movie (most notably Danny’s initial treatment of her once she started at Rydell High and his winning the dance-off with another girl) would not have happened. Don’t you think her unconscious mind would have come up with a happier story overall, with less strife?

3 Different Shores { 09.09.16 at 12:09 pm }

Hi Mel thanks so much for mentioning my post on Nicola Sturgeon. I enjoyed this post this week on the Motherhub blog; it looks like the only kind of self-help book I can cope with:

4 Mali { 09.09.16 at 7:22 pm }

Wow, A Separate Life got onto the Round Up. Thanks, Mel.

Loribeth wrote an important post this week about education and awareness, concluding that it may not change behavior, but it might at least help to reduce those awful feelings of shame and isolation. http://theroadlesstravelledlb.blogspot.co.nz/2016/09/the-power-of-awareness-and-education.html

5 Lori { 09.09.16 at 7:42 pm }

Even though my son is now 8 (wowzers) and my fertility struggles are well behind me, I am writing a new series on my blog to explore infertility treatment options. This week’s post is all about the Augment treatment which is kind of groundbreaking and a new approach to dealing with the toughest cases of infertility caused by egg quality issues. It’s a game changer and now available in Canada and internationally but not yet in the US. http://thewritemama.com/2016/09/02/exploring-infertility-treatment-options-the-augment-treatment/

6 loribeth { 09.11.16 at 9:37 pm }

Haha, I looked at the second helpings list & thought, “Hey, wait a minute…!” before I read on. 😉 Thanks to Mali for the shoutout above too. 🙂

7 Lori Lavender Luz { 09.12.16 at 6:58 pm }

Mind blown. I’ve always thought that the black outfit Sandy has on at the carnival was not actually possible.

I had the same post from Jess picked out!

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