Fun with blog stats

Dusty-thru

My free WordPress blog (this one) lets me check my blog statistics, and lists some search terms that led visitors here.

A cryptic search term has appeared several times: “shit suz.”

Today I had the “aha!” moment.   Continue reading

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Little discoveries while traveling

When I was a little girl, the dime store in town was called “Woolworth’s.” It was one of the huge F. W. Woolworth chain of stores – which have all disappeared now. Wikipedia says the company evolved into Foot Locker.

WoolworthsLast month in Australia I saw “Woolworths” signs on stores. They are a grocery chain, and that company has no connection at all to the old American F. W. Woolworth Company.

I got used to remembering that “Woolworths” means “groceries” and “supermarket” there, but I wasn’t there long enough to make the connection seamlessly.  The old brain still recognized the two different retail chains when the eyes or ears registered the word.   Woolworth bag

I bought one of their $.99 reusable shopping bags at the Cairns store, and used it today for my grocery shopping at King Soopers.

Neither of our two large grocery chains – King Soopers and Safeway – offer bags like this in this area, although they have sold some canvas bags at a higher price. However, our local Vitamin Cottage Natural Grocers featured similar bags, also priced at $.99, in their recent newspaper ad.

Gifted public servant

I don’t know what to write about this, or how, but I have to. If only to quote Susan Barnes-Gelt, writing in Sunday’s newspaper:

[R]arely recognized are those gifted public servants who work to advance the mission of caring for the most vulnerable among us, ensuring that the protocols and systems that protect them are empathic, predictable and fair.

One of those stewards is Lynn Lehmann, who is suffering from terminal kidney cancer and deserves to be recognized. For 17 years, from 1984 until 2001, Lehmann supervised the human services section of the Denver city attorney’s office. . . . As a result of his unrelenting advocacy and focus, outcomes for Colorado’s children and families improved significantly.

The full column is below the fold.

I remember back in the 1990’s when a new Mayor appointed a new City Attorney. The new City Attorney – very smart, with a lot of relevant experience – thought it would be good to start routinely reassigning lawyers from one section of the office to another. Cross-training, enriching our experience, diversifying our skills, or just plain shaking us up and waking us up – I can’t remember which if any of those goals he had in mind.

But he was surprised by the strong response from Lynn Lehmann’s lawyers in the Human Services section. They were deeply committed to that work, and did not at all equate it with working on tax assessment disputes or eminent domain cases or construction contracts or the prosecution of barking dog tickets – or any of the many other things that assistant city attorneys in other sections do. They convinced the City Attorney to leave them where they were – doing utterly non-glamorous, difficult, unsung legal work, in the courthouse trenches day in and day out, to protect children and other vulnerable people.

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Jindabyne

Last Thursday afternoon I made it to another bargain matinée movie. This time it was Jindabyne, the complex and engrossing Australian film that I had a chance to watch on the Qantas flight from LAX to Melbourne last month.

I’m glad I didn’t try to watch it on the teensy-squeensy video screen on the seatback in front of me on the 747. That wouldn’t have done justice to the many outdoor wide shots. Oh yes, that Australian landscape.

Loved it. The landscape and the film, in wide-screen splendor.