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658th Friday Blog Roundup

ChickieNob started a blog a few months ago, giving commentary on royal family news.

Any time I see something interesting about a royal family, I pass it her way.  (And she usually rolls her eyes and says, “I already knew that.”)  One morning this week, I saw a picture of Denmark’s Prince Vincent, clearly upset on his first day of school, and I sent it her way.  She had already written about the Danish royal twins going to school the day before, but I told her that it was worth writing a second post; a public letter to Prince Vincent.  Maybe he would read it.  I was sure she had some advice to pass his way as an elementary school graduate and fellow worrier about going to school.

When I read it, my heart exploded.  Not just because she told him about our necklace trick (we’ve since graduated to matching typewriter key necklaces), but because kids comforting kids makes my heart melt.  She knocked it out of the park with the post.

So if you know someone who is struggling with a new beginning, maybe her words would help.


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.

Jewish IVF has a post that moves like a roller coaster, ultimately moving through the heart dropping, is-the-world-going-to-hell moments to the soft hush of the ride coming to a stop.  Yes, it’s tied up in her next IVF cycle, but I love this ending: “I said I literally live a few houses down but thanked her for stopping. It was such a nice gesture. Maybe the world isn’t all complete garbage. Kindness goes a long way – she didn’t even do anything, just the offer was enough to cheer me up.”

Pages, Stages, and Rages said what I have been saying since news broke about Charlottesville: no one should be surprised.  This did not come out of nowhere.  As she writes: “Now look, I’m for blaming Trump for anything but people aren’t getting this. Trump is now in the Oval Office because of people like this.”  It is a wonderful post about not shutting people out or shutting down.  Just moving forward because it’s the only direction to go.

Lastly, Lavender Luz has a post about adoption called “Everybody Owns a Scar.”  She turned her blog over to a guest writer who told a story about her relationship with her children’s birthmother.  I’ll admit that I cried reading this.  But make your way all the way to the end.  You’ll be glad you did.

The roundup to the Roundup: ChickieNob wrote a great post.  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 August 11th and 18th) 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 Sharon { 08.18.17 at 1:33 pm }

How cute is it that your daughter has her own blog?! Even though I only know them through your writing, I love your kids. 🙂

2 Lori Lavender Luz { 08.18.17 at 3:14 pm }

ChickieNob really did knock it out of the park! Such great advice delivered so empathetically.

Thanks for reading and sharing my post. Means a lot, my friend.

3 torthuil { 08.18.17 at 6:10 pm }

Good advice from Chickienob (I like her blog name too) and interesting blogs. As you know from my rambling comments your “telling kids they can do anything” post resonated.

4 Beth { 08.21.17 at 10:24 am }

Love the ChickieNob’s blog. My daughters and I do matching bracelets. Last year’s got too stretched out (poor material choice on my part) so this year’s are green beads.

5 loribeth { 08.29.17 at 7:02 pm }

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, does it?? 😉 I remember being fascinated by royalty from a very young age; of course there was no social media back then, for either royalty news or for self-expression, but I did keep a scrapbook of magazine articles that I found. That went to the recycling heap a few years ago when we were cleaning out my parents’ crawl space. I’m glad ChickieNob’s blog will never take up space or smell of mildew, so she can keep it as long as she likes. 😉

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