13 Things For Which I Give Thanks

This week of gratitude would not be complete without these 13 things for which I give thanks.  FAMILY INCLUDING GRANDCHILDREN Near and Far (in no particular order of preference or date)   FURRY FAMILY FRIENDS Imagine YOUR photograph here. You thought I’d try to put in photos of all my friends? I love you all! I would not want to miss any of you.   HOME that shelters me from all kinds of weather  snowmagedon 2013   FOOD COFFEE the elixir of my life!   MEDICINE and how modern medicine has sustained the lives of those I love MUSIC all varieties TECHNOLOGY NATURE in all its variety My Health   FINISHING MY EVERLASTING MANUSCRIPT!       Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Is Technology Clouding Your Ethics?

Technology allows us to do many wonderful things. But is technology clouding your ethics? That’s what the Trichordist addresses in his June 18th post. (Thanks Holly Messinger for bringing this post to my attention) It’s a long, passionate, and reasoned response to an intern’s post on the NPR blog where she confesses to not buying the music she listens to. The Trichordist, naturally, focused on the recording industry, but his post transcends the recording industry.The basic question is technology clouding your ethics, applies to everyone who believes they should be able to get art for free. All artists from illustrators to photographers to writers to web designers and all creators deserve fair compensation.     If you haven’t read the post, here is a portion: June 18, 2012 Letter to Emily White at NPR All Songs Considered. Recently Emily White, an intern at NPR All Songs Considered and GM of what appears to be her college radio station, wrote a post on the NPR blog in which she acknowledged that while she had 11,000 songs in her music library, she’s only paid for 15 CDs in her life. Our intention is not to embarrass or shame her. We believe young people […]