OK, so this commercial comes up at least once every hour no matter what program I’m watching.

I find it disturbing, but not in the way described in the comment below:
The first time I saw this commercial, I thought it was cute, but now I’ve seen it like a billion times and it gets annoying

It’s not annoying, it’s DISTURBING!

I find it disturbing because it takes images of an innocent children’s Christmas play and turns it into an incentive to make us shop.

It starts out innocently enough with a cute kid reading from a giant book.

That’s so cute! We’re sucked in from the very beginning. And then the parents get into the action. What parent hasn’t relived their child’s life from the sidelines, coaching them with batting tips, grilling them on math equations, reciting verses, pitching out vocabulary words in need of a definition?

Initially this father looks like some geeky dad whose kid will temporarily pretend like he’s a stranger even if they are at the movies together. (yeah, that’s what kids do) But we soon see just how sinister this is…assuming, of course that you are watching with a critical eye and not just blindly following Target’s ploy to lure you into shopping based on…


Can’t go there yet since you haven’t heard the whole story…

To Target they darted for presents a-plenty

Which this stage mother, it seems, thought a happy idea.

But I’m not sure I’d follow her coaching which seems to put a lofty priority on consumer dreams.

So I’m thinking we should just ignore these and ALL commercials and spend time in contemplation, reflection, retrospection, gratefulness, and thanksgiving.

Now there’s a thought!


These are shortcuts for the Salado Education Foundation Board Members to access documents for the upcoming Cattlemen’s Ball

Envelopes with return address


Sponsorship letter to someone who has never donated to Cattlemen’s Ball in pdf format

Sponsorship letter to someone who has never donated to Cattlemen’s Ball in .doc format

Return address labels

Sponsor commitment form in .pdf

Sponsor commitment form in .doc

Solicitation Script

I don’t know where this sign came from originally, but it’s a great way to get your message across!

unattended children

unattended children

  • More than just agency or empowerment, citizenship is also about social standing. Citizens of a democracyy are entitled to respect unless they forfeit it by their own unacceptable actions.
  • Nationality
  • Active participation or “good” citizenship
  • Republican citizenship

Sklar, Judith N., American Citizenship: The Quest for Inclusion (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1991), 3.

The American public no longer trusts its leaders to do what is right. People do not see their values reflected in Washington and have lost faith in the institutions that are supposed to represent them.

According to a July 2007 CBS News/NYT Poll, the percentage of Americans who think you can trust the government in Washington to do what is right “just about always” or “most of the time” has declined steadily from its peak after September 11th from 55% in 2001 to 24% in 2007. Similarly, a CNN/USA Today/Gallop Poll in January 2006 found that 32% of people trusted government to do the right thing “just about always” or “most of the time,” compared to 60% in October 2001.

In a March 2007 poll by The Pew Charitable Trusts, only 34% of Americans said that they believe government “cares about what people like me think.”

(Guidance for Writing Op-Eds, October 11, 2007, e-mail message to Taylor Willingham from Joe Goldman, AmericaSpeaks, October 11, 2007)

Almost half of the American questioned in the survey gave a grade of “A” to their community for maintaining well-run libraries, with another 29 percent giving them a “B”. Seventy-six percent say their public libraries are doing an excellent or good job, but only 43 percent think their local community government as a whole is doing an excellent or good job.

(Public Agenda. Long Overdue: A Fresh Look at Public and Leadership Attitudes about Libraries in the 21st Century. New York, NY: Americans for Libraries Council, 2006, 20.)

Libraries enjoy greater public trust than government and other public institutions and could be a leader in conducting community engagement activities that would restore the public’s faith in our democratic institutions.

I love my work. I don’t know anyone who can say that.
I don’t want to fill the next purchase order. I don’t want to pull parts for a high tech manufacturing firm. I don’t care if we are ISO certified for whatever revision  we’re on.

I don’t want a corner office with a window. I don’t want to wear $700 suits to work. I especially don’t want to wear panty hose to work!

I don’t want to give performance reviews. I don’t want to design the next Apple campaign.

I just don’t care about the things I was trained to care about during my MBA.

I just want to change the world.

But no matter how much I love my work, I’m still tired.

It’s exhausting. At it wears me out.

And the bottom line is more elusive.

I usually use TaDa to keep track of my ToDo list, but this is much more accessible:

  • Send stuff to Rich
  • Enter participants from TMCLB into database
  • Review docs and web sites from DMiller memo prior to local NCDD conference planning team
  • Draft budget for BSF
  • Send stuff to Janice
  • Write two scripts for Univision broadcast
  • Meet with Elaine re: web site (try to reschedule)
  • Work with Silona and BSF on Transparent Federal Budget
  • Set up schedule with Jill
  • Redesign training for Monday and Wednesday
    • Get photocopies
    • Get food
    • Get other supplies – flip charts, tape, stands (ask Dolly)
  • Get Reporting stuff nailed down
    • Recruit reporters
    • Find training notes from Marla
    • Schedule virtual workshop
    • Develop template for reporting
  • Submit receipts and invoices
    • Fort Collins
    • E3 Training in Round Rock
    • E-Democracy Trip
  • Blog screening of Desert Bayou
  • Birthday for bro
  • Prepare presentation to E3 board
  • Recruit bloggers for Thursday
    • Post their bios
    • Notify Bob and Lance
    • Develop template
    • Develop checklist of what to do
    • Find out if Rudy is filming
    • Post bios of John and Alberta
  • Prep for Desert Bayou screening:
  • Listen to my speech and take notes for article: http://www.e-democracy.org/center/libraries_panel.m4a

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