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616th Friday Blog Roundup

Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize in Literature.  When I saw the news, I said, “Oh, look, Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize in Literature.  I didn’t know they gave it to musicians, but… okay.  That’s cool.  He’s a great writer.”  Then I went on the Internet.

Instantly I was swept up in a river of rage as people needed it known that (1) Bob Dylan didn’t deserve it, (2) Bob Dylan totally deserved it, and (3) certain writers deserve to win Grammys, and… well…  a lot of other stuff because this is the Internet and the Internet is a passionate rage machine.

I like Bob Dylan.  I only listened to one tape for all four years of grad school, and it was the first tape of Biograph.  If you got in my car, you were going to listen to “Lay Lady Lay,” and you were going to like it because it was the only tape in the car.

Moreover, we named my guitar Bob Jackson partially after Mr. Dylan and partially over the fact that he didn’t die taking bad medicine.  So I am pro-Bob Dylan.  And anti-bad medicine.

(P.S. I still think Peebles St. Ives would have been a great name for the guitar)


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:

Okay, now my choices this week.

On one hand, the only introduction No Kidding in NZ’s post needs is “amen,” but I will promise you that if you click over, at least one (and probably all) the paragraphs will resonate with you.  You may even cheer.  This is the one that got my hands clapping in agreement: “I am furious that so many men only feel personally feel offended by poor treatment or attitudes towards women if they think that their ‘wives and daughters’ might be treated badly, but didn’t feel any concerns or were not motivated to do anything about it previously when their wives and daughters or all the other women around the world were and are still denied the right to make decisions about education, or family building, or their own bodies.”  So well said.

Travelcraft Journal has a post about a mug that was purchased on a trip with her grandmother.  She writes: “I wish there was a word for the opposite of regret, to describe things that, even in hindsight, you are 100% glad you did.”  Isn’t that so perfect?  I wish there was that word, too.  Someone invent it, please.

Lastly, An Engineer Becomes a Mom has a post about an adoption-themed dance that occurred on the show So You Think You Can Dance.  I ended up watching it.  You know what would have nipped that whole dance story in the bud?  Having an open conversation about adoption from day one so the child grows with an understanding of her story.  Go jump into the conversation on AEBaM’s blog.

The roundup to the Roundup: Bob Dylan wins the Nobel Prize. 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 October 7th and 14th) 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 Lori Lavender Luz { 10.14.16 at 9:42 am }

Bob Dylan totally stole the Nobel from Peebles St Ives. I’m raging!!

I loved this post because it makes me wonder who we are without our stories? http://www.anneheffron.com/home/blue-blanket

2 loribeth { 10.14.16 at 4:37 pm }

I wrote about Dylan this week too. 😉 (Not for Second Helpings 😉 ): http://theroadlesstravelledlb.blogspot.ca/2016/10/right-now.html Dh never liked him or my Dylan’s greatest hits tape 😉 but then he took up guitar and now he’s a huge fan, bigger than I am. He was thrilled by the Nobel. 🙂

For Second Helpings, I loved this gorgeous post from Brooke, marking Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month/Week/Day… I think the last few paragraphs of the main post are applicable no matter what situation we find ourselves in: pregnant after loss, adopting, or continuing to live without children.


3 torthúil { 10.14.16 at 4:58 pm }

They gave out some Nobel Prizes this week? Just kidding, I did know, but I stopped caring a long time ago.

4 MissingNoah { 10.14.16 at 5:37 pm }

I like this post about the guilt involved with pregnancy and infant loss remembrance month and who gets to have the bigger voice. https://spiritbabycomehome.wordpress.com/2016/10/14/lest-we-forget-pregnancy-and-infant-loss-awareness/

5 em { 10.14.16 at 5:57 pm }

I got caught up short by the fact that there were no women amongst this year’s Noble Prize Winners & are very very rare in general in the Nobles.

As the prize is a very significant one (a cool $900 grand or so), I think it’s significant.

6 Jess { 10.16.16 at 3:55 pm }

I loved Stephanie’s mug! I’d also like for second helpings Middle Girl’s four words post: http://middle-girl.blogspot.com/2016/10/four-words.html
I love that you named your guitar Bob Jackson. I have been toying with naming my violin Ferdinand, but for no good reason. 🙂 I was happy Bob Dylan won, it was unconventional but totally made sense as he’s such a poet. Of course the internet was full of raging, although I wish people would just give congrats and move on.

7 Mali { 10.16.16 at 11:57 pm }

Thanks for including my rant, Mel. (It’s a good thing I religiously stick to the eight sentence rule of Microblog Mondays, or I might never have stopped!) I’ve been a bit AWOL from blogs and blogging lately, so unfortunately don’t have any other post to add.

8 Mali { 10.16.16 at 11:58 pm }

Oh, and sorry about the typo. I’ve edited out that extra “feel” in the paragraph you quoted, though it is relevant in some ways, in that this post was about all “the feels.”

9 Stephanie (Travelcraft Journal) { 10.17.16 at 11:42 pm }

Thank you for including me in this! I feel honored. Still haven’t come up with that word, so, hopefully someone else can!

10 Jamie { 10.18.16 at 3:03 am }

My thoughts on opposite of regret for me is delight. For me delight means a soulful joy that washes over you like sunshine, warm and fuzzy and content.

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