On Judging Others

This entry has to do with two recent events. One of them involves a situation that came to light in the journal community on Friday; the other involves an attack against someone who commented to an unrelated entry here. If you don't want to read any more, skip this entry....

I Wonder What You Want Me to Say

“It makes you wonder, doesn't it? Just how normal are we? Just who are the people we nod our hellos to as we pass on the street?” — Rod Serling from "The After-Hours" episode of The Twilight Zone. “The whole reason that people's journals become popular isn't because of the...

Why AOL Journals Need a Rating System

Much has been made about the recent removal of content from a Dan Wheeler's journal, prompting him to leave the AOL Journal community. I have been doing a bit of research on AOL's Community Standards, the very guidelines that apparently lead AOL to remove the content in question. First, I'd...

Case Closed

Here is what I intend to be the final chapter in the drama which struck Journal-land, and in particular yours truly. If you do not know about the drama to which I refer, then when you are through reading this, please visit the entries dated July 2 to see where...

Hell Bent for Greatness

I'm always grateful for awards and accolades. Said recognition is even more special when it comes from people I respect in the Journal community. Armand over at "Un-Common Sense" is such a person. I've recently learned that he has decided to honor "Patrick's Place" with his own Hell Bent for...

Call for Comments

Others have wondered about comments people leave in journals...why some people do leave comments and why others never do. I think all of us who write these things wonder about the answers to these questions. The thing is, comments, though welcome, aren't required, so there's absolutely nothing wrong with visiting...

AOL J-Land Reality Check

OK, I admit it: I'm confused. You might be, too, when you get to the end of this essay! When I first heard about the removal of Amused's Journal from AOL's Editor's Weekly Picks because of "masked profanity," I almost thought it was a joke. Ironically, the furor it has...

Lessons from AOL J-Land

What I've learned about life from AOL journals so far: 1. Spelling doesn't matter. 2. Grammar doesn't matter. (I suppose that those who can't spell generally can't be expected to use the misspelled words correctly!) 3. If you do spell correctly and use grammar correctly at the same time, you...

An Incredible Journal

This is not something I do very often. But tonight, I feel the need to recommend someone else's journal. Completely by accident, I stumbled upon a journal called, Watching My Sister...Disappear. I'm very glad I did. This is the story of Mary Louise Ross Harris, who is watching her beloved...
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