Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Props to the Pumpkin

Those in the know around the von Bloggenschtern community know 2 irrefutable facts about the Baroness - don't dare phone her after 10:00 pm unless someone is dead, and she has a complete and utter disdain for chain e-mails.

You know, the sweet, mushy ones from Barbie or National Geographic, or the Dalai Lama. Please don't misunderstand. I quite like reading these, and will go so far as to say that a good deal of them make me misty. What sticks in my craw is that proviso at the end. You know exactly what I'm talking about. The one that says that if I don't send this off in the next 20 seconds to 1000 of my closest personal friends, a giant karmic fireball will strike me down right where I sit in front of the computer screen, muttering " Dammit - not another one of these bloody things...".

I have many issues with these - best left to discuss another day.

However.

What I do love about the blogosphere is that is provides us all the opportunity, through blogroll and otherwise, to get to know people we would otherwise never meet. It provides the opportunity to shine a light on someone special, and to participate in some small way in their lives. Maybe even do some good.

I met the good Countess Gina through my recent submission at IB. By going to her blog page, I learned about her wonderful mother, Tina, who is facing a cancer challenge. Gina has set up a blog site for her mom, and also created Team Tina, a widget you can put on your page to bring more people by to Tina's site:

As far as I can ascertain, the agenda is beautiful and healing in its simplicity - go here just to say hey, set for a while, and send some virtual hugs Tina's way.

This is why I love blogging.


7 comments:

Mental P Mama said...

I'm on my way to visit Gina right now.

ginacoggio said...

What a lovely post. Thank you SO much for this. And the pumpkin looks so great in the post.
You're wonderful and I don't even know you.
Thank you.

Baroness von Bloggenschtern said...

Countess MPM: Is she not the cutest
lady ever? I want her to be my mom, too. I'm sure she appreciates your visit - she seems to be that sort of person.

Countess Ginacoggio: Since I couldn't get the widget to work, I stuck with my skill set. And, having travelled the cancer path not too long ago myself, I know how much it means to feel the kindness of strangers. It happened every day, and buoyed me along during the rough patches. You are a excellent daughter for giving her the tools to send her message out, and to keep the love coming in. Well done!

Asthmagirl said...

It is a wonderful aspect to blogging.
I met the fat cyclist a few years back when I was trying to teach my newly asthmatic lungs to love bicycling. I found him again this week. His wife is dying of cancer. They could use some good wishes too.
fatcyclist.com

Off to see Tina.

Baroness von Bloggenschtern said...

Countess AG: Thanks for the heads up on Fat Cyclist. I hope to have some time over the next couple of days to catch up.

Eebie said...

I reply to all chainmail with a link to hoaxbusters.

I must say I got a great spoof once that finished with...
> Send this to 1-5 of your closest friends and you will have pissed off 1-5 of your closest friends.
> Send this to 6-10 of your closest friends and you will have pissed off ...

Baroness von Bloggenschtern said...

Count Eebie: I recall getting one of these, too - it was the only time that I actually appreciated that someone "got" the inanity of it all.

 
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