Saturday, February 28, 2004

Ask Violet
Where Violet takes questions from recent Seasons of Violet comments, answers them, and then poses a question of her own.

Question from Monette -
How has retirement differed (or not) from your expectations?

This question is worthy of a post of its own, so I'll answer later.

Does anyone else care to hear the answer to this? Well, it's my blog and I'm going to write it anyway. No promises on when, though.

Question from Marsha -
Do any of your dogs have a problem with other dogs in their classes?

My little dogs are pretty good natured, but some of the other dogs at doggy school had to learn to get along with their classmates. The dogs in each class get to know each other and look forward to seeing each other every week.

Gail, our trainer, has worked with some very nasty dogs and turned them into sweeties. Sometimes it takes a few private lessons.

As I'm sure you know, Australian Cattle Dogs like your Sheila are known for their "attitude". That's their natural personality. A good trainer understands this and works with it.

Do cats ever go to school and/or play together?

A Second question from Marsha -
What is this Flylady thing?

Flylady is a Yahoo Group for people who have trouble with clutter and housecleaning because they are perfectionists and/or easily sidetracked. The group has over 200,000 members.

Flylady has wonderful slogans that keep me going when nothing else could.

Your home did not get dirty in one day and it will not get clean in a day either.

Baby steps. Baby steps.

You can do anything for 15 minutes.

Housework done imperfectly still blesses your family.


Is anyone else a Flybaby?

Question from Monette and Carrie -
What is a meme?

Definition from I Am Pariah - The Memes List, a website that lists over fifty memes, at least three for each day of the week:
meme n (mëm): A unit of cultural information, such as a cultural practice or idea, that is transmitted verbally or by repeated action from one mind to another. From the Greek mimëma, something imitated, from mimeisthai, to imitate.

From the online Merriam-Webster:
Main Entry: meme
Pronunciation: 'mEm
Function: noun
Etymology: alteration of mimeme, from mim- (as in mimesis) + -eme
: an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture

In Blogspeak, a meme is an idea that is shared and passed from blog to blog, like a question posted in one blog and answered in many other blogs. The Friday Five, Sunday Brunch, and Blogger Idol are memes.

What is your favorite meme?

Question from What's On . . . Right Now? (a meme) -
What's On the front page of your newspaper Right Now?

From the front page of the Saturday, February 28, 2004, Kalamazoo Gazette:

Portage's Brittany Potts is young voice of democracy
A five-minute speech entitled "My Commitment to America's Future" recently gave a Portage Central High School sophomore best-in-the-state speech contest honors and went a long way to affirming her choice of careers.

Brittany Potts, daughter of Lanny and Barbara Potts of Portage, is Michigan's winner of the Voices of Democracy contest sponsored by the Michigan Veterans of Foreign Wars.

She is pointing toward a career as a lawyer or senator and plans to major in political science after finishing high school.

It's a slow news day in SW Michigan. We like that. What's news where you live?

Any questions for Violet? Leave your questions and/or answers in the comments.