Monday, August 6, 2007

Issue 19: Note from The Editor

Welcome to Issue 19 of TopBlogMag.

The sounds track to this weeks issue is Kelly Willis about whom you can read more in our Voices to Hear music review written by John from altjiranga Mitjina.

The theme for this week is Questions, a theme that many of us can relate to whether it is the constant barrage of questions from our little ones whose inquiring minds want to know everything but attention spans rarely last long enough to listen to the answer before the next question comes; the "where is my..." questions from the bigger kids and supposed grown ups who think we are responsible for finding things they have lost, or questions like the ones I find myself muttering (or shouting out loud depending on the number of times we have asked the same question in the last 20 minutes) daily, like "where the hell has my post just gone?", "why won't this stupid computer do what I tell it to?" or the ever present, even if only said in our heads "What the F@*&k?"

As some of the more observant of you may have noticed I have a new blogging name, The Farmers Wife. After the harrowing 'father finding my blog and not being particularly happy about it' episode I decided to move all of my posts and comments and set up a new blog over on Wordpress which means that this last week in the Farmers household has been spent mainly asking questions of the last kind as I set everything up, moved all the stuff to my new sidebar and spent a few frustrated hours fiddling with the Wordpress code to tweak my new blog to how I want it.

Now that it is up and running again you are all cordially invited to come for a chat over for a glass or two of wine after, of course, you have spent some time browsing through this weeks issue of TopBlogMag.

Speaking of code tweaking, I have spent some time this week developing a new template for TopBlogMag as I can't seem to fix the viewing problems in IE for this one; so if you have any ideas or suggestions, things you do or don't want to see in the next design please leave a comment letting me know.

The Farmers Wife.
Running In Wellies


Featured Post and Blog of the Week

You Are Here

by Amie from

You did well in school to get into college. You tried to get by well enough in college to be attractive to an employer or graduate program, and along the way you may have opened your heart a time or two. Maybe you even found true love.

With a foot in the door, the first years of work were the time to
prove your mettle once again. Promotions, raises all with the goal to secure your future will allow you to settle down, buy a house, travel, commit to a relationship, have kids or not. In what feels like a blink of an eye, your future is here.

And now what?

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Chance Favors Only Those Who Court Her

by Debbie from Missives from Suburbia

After a less-than-friendly divorce, I was on the market again. Seizing the opportunity, my friends scoured their address books and Palm Pilots for single men and set me up on blind date after blind date. My reaction to most of those dates was, "I call these people my FRIENDS?" One of my real friends suggested, and given how much I love the Internet, I gave it a go.

A couple months of e-dating passed by in a blink. It was fun, but so far nothing meaningful had hit my radar, and my match inventory was starting to run low. You see, "matches" you to people based on a list of your requirements, and I'd pretty much run through all my existing matches who didn't seem psycho or stoned, based on their profiles.

Then, one day, I got an email from a guy who was not a match by my standards...

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A Lost Opportunity

by John from Altjiranga Mitjina

Trying to break in as a writer in the comic book industry can be a bit like the one legged man in a butt kicking contest. Every step forward you make means you land on your butt after your kick forward. Comic books are a visual medium. An artist can bring a portfolio to an editor at a convention and said editor can sit there and look at it within minutes and decide if this artist is worthy of working on the newest issue of Stupendous Man or not. Trying being a hopeful writer handing over a script to this same editor at a busy comic convention. You’ll be lucky if the editor agrees to take the script and promise that they’ll look at it later. Most times the hopeful writer is told to send for their submission guidelines and mail in their proposal.

The best way for a writer is to find an aspiring artist and hook up...

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Jesus Toothpaste!

by Karen Rayne from Adolescent Sexuality Today with Karen Rayne, Ph.D.

This weekend I went out of town, leaving my family to fend for themselves. On Saturday, my darling husband took my two darling daughters – 6 and 3 years old – to what he heard was a fun new toy store in town. Great, right?

They walk in the door, and the 6-year-old pipes up with “Look, Daddy! Jesus toothpaste!” He takes one look, puts one hand on each girl’s shoulder, and does a 180 out of the store. It may be a fun new toy store, but it’s intended clientele does not include the under-13 set.

When I got home on Sunday, the first thing the 6-year-old says to me was, “Guess what! We saw Jesus toothpaste!” I blinked, figuring I hadn’t heard her correctly. Regrettably, I had...

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A biker, a green thumb, a cracked hand, and a Queen.

by Megan from Velveteen Mind, originally guest posted at Queen of Spain

A random biker on a Harley-Davidson took my picture last week. What I wanted to do was take his picture, but I hesitated. Now, instead of a photo of some random biker holding an i am bumper sticker, all I have is a lame photo of me holding the bumper sticker and the mental picture of him riding off into the sunset, never to be seen again.

Okay, it wasn’t as romantic or dramatic as that. It was nine in the morning and there was no sunset.

This is not the first time that I have hesitated to seize an opportunity. I don’t expect it will be the last. However, I hope with each lost chance for something intriguing, I will lose a shade of that hesitation for next time...

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