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Back in 2008, I spent a night in the NPR DC blogger warroom with a bunch of other social media political junkies – here’s one post from that evening. And this year, I’m very excited to again be part of the social media activity at NPR’s DC headquarters. They’ve posted a very nice intro to the occasion here, including the twitter handles and names of all my compatriots who’ll be there.

How can you follow along? Several ways:

1. On Twitter, search on the #nprmeetup hashtag

2. Follow me on Twitter – @jillmz

3. Check out the Twitter list,

Now, if you really want to dig in, the Civic Commons backchannel live-chat with my colleagues Dan Moulthrop, Jason Russell and probably a few others will be the place to be. You can follow that action here. If you haven’t had civic engagement courtesy of a Civic Commons backchannel conversation, you will not want to miss it there tomorrow night.

At NPR, we’re going to have a chance to meet Ken Rudin, the Political Junkie, if anyone has any questions, and Andy Carvin, NPR’s senior social media strategist, really is a rock star in his own right for many reasons but perhaps he’s best known for his coverage of the political and civil movements in North Africa and across the Middle East.

By Jill Miller Zimon at 11:17 pm November 5th, 2012 in Elections, Ohio, Politics, WH2012, White House 2012, Writing | Comments Off 

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I do a lot of micro-blogging these days – posting tweets (@jillmz) and sharing links to articles and other information via Facebook.  Although I love this blog and blogging, I’m finding it nearly impossible to make the time it takes to post the way I like to, for purposes of a blog.

Enter Writes Like She Tumbles: In the right sidebar, you can see a widget that links to the Writes Like She Talks Tumblr account (which you can visit here if you don’t click on the widget hyperlinks).  In addition, I’ve created a page on this blog (see here; it’s also reachable from the link in the top of this blog) that displays a list of my Tumblr’d items. (That page does not appear to work on the iPad right now.)

I’ve included a Disqus mechanisim for leaving comments at Writes Like She Talks at Tumblr so that conversation about the linked items can continue to occur.

I’ve explored some WordPress themes that include post format code to allow Tumblr-like posting from within the WordPress blog, but so far, none of them really look anything like what I would want. And…I’ve really run out of time trying to find something.

So – for those who miss the days when I used to post 5-10 entries, keep an eye on, follow and strike up a conversation at the Tumblr account. Or not.

And if you’re a Tumblr with advice, leave it in the comments or email me.

By Jill Miller Zimon at 8:32 pm September 5th, 2011 in Blogging, Jill Miller Zimon, Writing | Comments Off 

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Yeah yeah – today is my birthday – and here’s how I feel about it – see if you figure it out from this great illustration by the always perceptive Diana Hadley:

Jill's HOW OLD!?

By Jill Miller Zimon at 11:29 am August 12th, 2011 in Jill Miller Zimon, Parenting, Writing | 4 Comments 

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And WLST is hanging in – thank you to everyone who has been voting daily. You have through midday Monday to keep doing so. It’s EASY – just go here and click on the thumbs up.  And, as always, thank you.

By Jill Miller Zimon at 8:47 pm June 11th, 2011 in Announcements, Blogging, Parenting, Women, Writing | Comments Off 

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I’ve been featured before, and left off before, and while I can be a great competitor, I do try to stay grounded away from listmania – but it is nice, now and then, to learn and have it reaffirmed that I’m not just writing for myself (though I do wish I was writing even more for myself these days!).

Writes Like She Talks has been added to the Circle of Moms effort to name the Top 25 Political Mom Blogs. You can check out the list here and you can vote for WLST here, once a day, each day, through June 13 if that’s your wish.

Many of my favorites are already on the list but what I really love is that after blogging for nearly seven years, I’m finding new blogs about politics that are written by women.

Now if I could just convert some of them to candidates and political office holders.

By Jill Miller Zimon at 7:47 am May 25th, 2011 in Blogging, Parenting, Politics, Writing | Comments Off 

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The Moms Clean Air Force is hosting a Mother’s Day-themed blog carnival through Sunday, May 8 (you know, Mother’s Day!? – get it) to honor our efforts today on behalf of the world we hope to create and one day leave behind for our kids in the proverbial tomorrow.

Got something to say about that? Said something already, or thinking about it? Please follow the directions here and add to the voices we’re making heard on the incredible importance of environmental issues, and clean air in particular.

This year, mothers need to think big about what we want for Mother’s Day, because there’s just too much at stake. Threats to the natural environment – the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat – are threats to our very motherhood, which is our ability to love and nurture our children and see them grow safely into adulthood.

Please join the MCAF blog carnival, A Mother’s Day Gift, and share your hopes and dreams about what kind of world you want your kids to grow up in. This should take the form of a letter from you to your children about what YOU want to give THEM for Mother’s Day.

And Happy Mother’s Day.

By Jill Miller Zimon at 1:17 pm May 6th, 2011 in Moms Clean Air Force, Parenting, Women, Writing, Youth | Comments Off 

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Norm Roulet’s lengthy, in-depth post at REALNEO, “Happy Air Quality Awareness Week? Not in Cleveland, where air quality is poor, and awareness is worse! Meaning Modeling Matters!” is one of an abysmally few pieces of evidence that May 2 through 6 has been Air Quality Awareness Week.

Other pieces of evidence (scant themselves) that folks in Ohio would be made aware, during an effort dedicated to awareness, come from the Ohio EPA and Earth Gauge at WKYC (Channel 3).  But that’s all I could Google up – I hope I’ve missed other coverage, because these results are terribly disappointing.

Worse yet, however, is that the scant publicizing of Air Quality Awareness Week is not nearly as disappointing, or upsetting, as how bad our air quality in Ohio actually is (although the number of inhalers I see in my youngest child’s elementary school nurse’s clinic indicates backs up this assertion without the need for much else, if you ask me). Read more

By Jill Miller Zimon at 10:39 am May 5th, 2011 in Cleveland+, Government, Health Care, Law, leadership, Moms Clean Air Force, Ohio, Parenting, Politics, Research, Resources, Science, Social Issues, Utilities, Women, Writing, Youth | 1 Comment 

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Last week, Earth Day commemorations included a listing of the “most green” and “least green” states. As I wrote then, Ohio won the gold – or tarnished – ring and was named the most least green state in the country. Yippee.

Now comes the American Lung Association’s annual State of the Air report for 2011. The Columbus Dispatch reports that, relatively speaking, there’s been some improvement:

Heidi Griesmer, an Ohio Environmental Protection Agency spokeswoman, said the bad smog grades don’t reflect the region’s steady improvement in air quality. Mandatory pollution cuts at power plants, cleaner fuels and lower-polluting cars are driving the reductions, she said.

The bad smog grades are due in part to research indicating that even lower concentrations pose health risks. The U.S. EPA is expected to propose a tougher smog standard this year, and central Ohio is expected to fail that, too.

But when you look at the grades and information for all of Ohio and for my region, Cuyahoga County, it’s impossible to ignore the miserably low expectations we’ve set if these grades are an improvement.  The Plain Dealer, the paper of record in NE Ohio, says as much not only in its headline, “Lung Association annual air pollution report marks improvement, but air still poor in Cleveland, U.S.,” and amplifies that sentiment in the article: Read more

By Jill Miller Zimon at 9:25 am April 28th, 2011 in activism, CuyahogaCounty, Energy, Environment, leadership, Moms Clean Air Force, Politics, Science, Utilities, Writing, Youth | 4 Comments 

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I love my writing work.  I almost always get to write about topics I want to write about and that are important and that others are not writing about or writing enough about.  I get to express what I want to about those topics, censored primarily by myself.  And now, I’m at the point in my writing career where I get paid to do all that, even online (I’ll be posting shortly on my latest addition, blogging about the environment as part of the “Moms Clean Air Force”).

So imagine how thrilled I was when (I’m a Contributing Editor there) told me that during March, they’d be running a series called a Month of Awesome Women and I should choose someone in the political sphere.  I made sure that it didn’t have to be someone currently in the Hillary Clinton orbit and pitched the idea that it’s the local women, especially those with kids and families and full-time jobs in addition to city or small town elected offices to tend whom I consider to be awesome.

Once I got the go-ahead, I needed no time to select the subject: Richmond Heights City Councilwoman-at-large, Miesha Wilson Headen, now serving in her first term.  Please take a minute to read, How Suburban Ohio Councilwoman Miesha Headen Got Elected and consider honoring an awesome woman you know, today.  There are still nine days left this month but really, it’s never too late to tell someone how awesome they are – and what they mean to you.

By Jill Miller Zimon at 4:44 pm March 22nd, 2011 in BlogHer, Campaigning, democracy, Elections, Gender, Government, leadership, Ohio, Politics, Women, Writing | Comments Off 

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You can read all the details here for the event,“Women Empowering Women” Series of Dialogue Scaling Up…Can I Dream Big, happening this Friday, March 18, from 8:30am to 1:30pm, at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Independence just off 77.

But all you really need to know is that Gloria Feldt is the featured panelist and keynote speaker along with several other powerful personalities who will get you motivated and moving (as if what’s been going on in Ohio this week hasn’t been enough to get anyone out of even the worst stupor).

I must also give a plug to say that Gloria has been a personal and professional role model and mentor to me. I am grateful for her letting me in close enough to really observe her and learn from her directly and indirectly.  She is simply that warm and embracing, while also being a fierce, fierce advocate for women and women’s rights.  Given that another woman, Connie Schultz, about whom I feel very similarly will also be part of this event, I feel extremely lucky.

And I’m not even mentioning that the fantastic Pepper Pike resident, Rita Singh, who was inducted into the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame last year, is the organizer of this entire series for women. Ahem.

By Jill Miller Zimon at 11:45 pm March 16th, 2011 in activism, Announcements, leadership, Social Issues, Women, Writing | 1 Comment 

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From the February 2011 issue of Cleveland Family:

Early one December morning last year, my husband and I, our three kids, their respective computer bags and rolling carry-on luggage spiraled through airport security lines as we got closer to our Florida vacation.

As anyone who has snaked through this routine knows, there’s little to do while waiting to move forward. The options involve obsessing over what might have been forgotten or staring at everyone around you who is doing that too.

On that particular day, I chose to stare at and then start a conversation with a 30-something mother and her family of five who were in line just behind us.

We engaged in the usual chatter about where we were going, how long we would be staying and the ages of our kids. Even as I listened to her answers and responded to questions myself, I also absorbed the sight of her three kids, ages 5 and under, her husband and all their accoutrements: diaper bags, jackets, shoes, stuffed animals and toddler-sized Disney-fied tote bags. Read more

By Jill Miller Zimon at 1:54 pm February 24th, 2011 in Humor, Jill Miller Zimon, Media, Parenting, Writing | 7 Comments 

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Excerpt from Cleveland Family Mommy Matters:

Being Jewish, I love that my kids learn and understand that Chanukah and all the Jewish holidays are special unto themselves and best when not combined with other religions’ holidays. I never wanted to celebrate Christmas in my home growing up, and I have no desire to do so now.

Still, every year when Christmas comes around, I get smiley and wistful because of a cultural link made before I probably was able to read. This link, through a childhood friend and her family, has let me be exposed to Christmas and other holidays in memories I continue to cherish and, most important to me, in a way that has never been a threat to my own religion’s convictions.

Chappy Chanuka, Merry Christmas, Celebrate Kwanzaa and Happy New Year.

By Jill Miller Zimon at 9:58 pm December 7th, 2010 in Holidays, Religion, Writing | 1 Comment 

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RIP, Hugh Prather

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I’ve got Notes on Love and Courage on my nighttable (lower shelf but it’s still there). I’m not sure where my Notes to Myself copy is – but I’ve had these books for decades. Ah yes – growing up in the era of Leo Busclagia et al – very different than growing up in the era of reality shows depicting in a far more forced and edited style what Prather and Busclaglia wrote about (i.e., The Bachelorette and The Bachelor).  Hmm – or is it?

This section from the NYT obit on Prather made me laugh – having lived through it first-hand too:

“Notes to Myself” was spoofed by the comedy writer Jack Handey as a set of public musings known as “Deep Thoughts.” First published in National Lampoon, “Deep Thoughts” became a recurring feature on “Saturday Night Live” in the 1990s and was released as a series of books. Among Mr. Handey’s observations are these:

¶“If I ever get real rich, I hope I’m not real mean to poor people, like I am now.”

¶“I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they’d never expect it.”

¶“If you lose your job, your marriage and your mind all in one week, try to lose your mind first, because then the other stuff won’t matter that much.”

RIP, Hugh Prather. I cannot believe he was 72.

By Jill Miller Zimon at 9:36 am November 22nd, 2010 in Culture, RIP, Writing | Comments Off 

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Watch and listen. What chances do you give Newsweek’s future with Brown at the helm (The Daily Beast)?

More curious to me – the Daily Beast post with this clip seems to suggest that the shift is about garnering more female readers. I thought she was talking about having more female writers and editors.  You?

By Jill Miller Zimon at 2:54 pm November 15th, 2010 in Gender, Media, Politics, Women, Writing | Comments Off 

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Even while broadcast pundit after broadcast pundit, not to mention the owner of News Corps, the parent company of Fox, at the behest of Ohio governor-elect, John Kasich, make small and ginormous political contributions, Keith Olbermann gets an indefinite suspension from MSNBC over three.

I hope this brings Jeff Coryell out for a guest post.

Sigh. We were so ahead of our time, weren’t we? Or something.  Like Jeff Jarvis says, just disclose and forget about it.

By Jill Miller Zimon at 6:34 pm November 5th, 2010 in Ethics, Government, Law, Media, Politics, Scandal, Transparency, Writing | 1 Comment 

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Fascinating. Maybe they should talk to me about women who blog and…running for office.

From the first day of the report (it’s released over three days):

Another important trend is the influence of women and mom bloggers on the blogosphere, mainstream media, and brands. Their impact is perhaps felt most strongly by brands, as the women and mom blogger segment is the most likely of all to blog about brands. In addition to the conducting our blogger survey, we interviewed 15 of the most influential women in social media and the blogosphere.

These changes are occurring in the context of great optimism about the medium: over half of respondents plan on blogging more frequently in the future, and 43% plan on expanding the topics that they blog about. Bloggers who get revenue from blogging are generally blogging more this year than they were last year. And 48% of all bloggers believe that more people will be getting their news and entertainment from blogs in the next five years than from the traditional media. We’ve also asked consumers about their trust and attitudes toward blogs and other media: 40% agree with bloggers’ views, and their trust in mainstream media is dropping.

Apparently Ohio does not have a particularly high concentration of bloggers (less than 3% from what I can tell).  Sprinkled throughout this year’s report are the interviews. Day 1 has three or four mom bloggers profiled.  Here’s what’s up next for tomorrow (my emphasis below): Read more

By Jill Miller Zimon at 10:40 pm November 3rd, 2010 in Blogging, Media, Women, Writing | Comments Off 

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I just couldn’t keep it to myself again.  I’m an information evangelist. No one should have as much fun as I have doing this.

By Jill Miller Zimon at 11:35 am November 2nd, 2010 in Blogging, Gender, Government, Politics, Women, Writing | Comments Off 

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Recently, Brazen Careerist founder, Penelope Trunk, wrote a blog post that unleashed a torrent of diverse and sharply divided opinions about women’s career pursuits in comparison with men’s in the tech start-up world. In Women Don’t Want To Run Startups Because They’d Rather Have Children, she described what she sees as the incompatibility of the mandatory amount of time and energy required for pushing a tech start-up with raising kids. And then, she tied up this incompatibility to why women don’t get funding:

Startups move at breakneck pace, under a lot of pressure to succeed bigger and faster than any normal company. And women don’t want to give up their personal life in exchange for the chance to be the next Google. Or even the next Feedburner. Which is why the number of women who pitch is so small, and, therefore, the number of women who get funding is small.

And I’m not even going to go into the idea of women having a startup with young kids. It is absolutely untenable. The women I know who do this have lost their companies or their marriages or both. And there is no woman running a startup with young kids, who, behind closed doors, would recommend this life to anyone. For men it’s different.

After just over two weeks, the post has nearly 500 comments — and they run the gamut. It a fascinating, infuriating and enlightening thread. But is it empowering?

For that, we turn to a New York Times column by Gloria Feldt, “Where Is the Female Steve Jobs?”, that was published just before Trunk’s post. In her piece, Feldt, a long-time advocate for women’s rights and most recently the author of No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think about Power, says:

Read the rest of this post and join the conversation here.

By Jill Miller Zimon at 9:22 am October 28th, 2010 in Business, Culture, democracy, Education, employment, Gender, intolerance, leadership, Politics, Sexism, Social Issues, social media, Women, Writing | Comments Off 

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Never again will you have to sit in silence should you hear anyone say that they just couldn’t find a woman to ask or write or blog or do commentary about something in politics.  Enjoy!

1. 2010 Must-Read Political Blogs by Women (nonpartisan list out this month)

2. 30 Political Mom Bloggers Who Will Change Your Vote (nonpartisan list out his month, limited to moms)

3. #43-58 of 100 Conservative Blogs (partisan list from September 2010)

4. Top 20 Political Bloggers (nonpartisan list, limited to moms, 2010)

5. The Political Voices of Women – Over 500 Women Political Bloggers (nonpartisan list, not limited to moms, began in 2008 but updated continuously)

6. 101 Women Bloggers to Watch in 2010 (nonpartisan list, not limited to moms, January 2010)

7. Top 50 Influential African American Political Blogs (includes some authored by women)

8. For local women’s political blogging, check out this November 2009 list of progressives in Texas

9. BlogHer Women Political Blogger search toolbar (a great widget created in 2008 and still going)

10. Bonus link from Morra Aarons at techPresident, when, in 2007, she gazed into the future with, “Women Online: Facts, Figures, and the 2008 Election.

Got more to list? Please do! Add them in the comments and we’ll update this post. Especially of interest: state lists because we love to get the local flavor of what is happening on the ground.

Cross-posted from Woman and Politics.

By Jill Miller Zimon at 9:16 pm October 26th, 2010 in Blogging, Gender, Media, Politics, Resources, social media, Women, Writing | 2 Comments 

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The short version: Go to the current Matter of Opinion topic, take the survey and start helping to create a community response to the question, a response that it’s hoped will develop into conversation, debate and a more accurate idea of how people feel about a subject or incident, and show us where we can – and can’t – draw lines on many explicitly and implicitly political topics (and really, what isn’t political?).

The topic right now, so Ohio: Nazi Reenactment: Learning From Mistakes or Reliving Them?

The slightly less short version: Read the About Us page.

The slightly longer than the less short version: Read the FAQ page.

How’d I get involved in this? I don’t know! How did I end up becoming a city council member in Pepper Pike? Let’s just say that the folks behind this fascinating platform are as good at teh Google as I am and flattered me by making me think that this blog has a following (and yes, I tried to tell them, no one reads blogs anymore – but they don’t believe me).

*Wide Open, may it rest in peace, can be found here. It was a Plain Dealer political blog in which two left of center and two right of center Ohio bloggers went at it.  Still kinda titillating to read – but also tortuous at times.

By Jill Miller Zimon at 10:03 pm October 21st, 2010 in Announcements, Blogging, Media, Politics, Social Issues, social media, Tech, Tools, Writing | Comments Off 

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