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Wordless Wednesday: Adulthood is Unpredictable

*Photo of Green Flash at Morro Bay, CA, by Mike Baird via Flickr.

Wordless Wednesday: Adulthood is Tough Decisions

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The Adulthood Newswire

What other themes and topics about adulthood are being discussed in the blogosphere?

Check out these great reads on pressing topics:

*The New York Times explores whether going to an elite college is worth the cost.

*An unmarried, non-religous 38-year-old women goes to a yenta for matchmaking. Modern Love’s newest post will put you in the spirit of holiday miracles and give you a mini chuckle. And if you haven’t checked out the NYT’s Modern Love column, you are missing out! In fact, Modern Love is one of my inspirations for this blogs — as it is a repository of experiencial narrative about adulthood written by some very talented writers.

*And finally, some Holiday Parenting Tips published in Family Magazine here in San Diego, and republished with permissions on San Diego Center for Children website (the wonderful organization that I work for!) This article is thoughtful even if you don’t have kids, and was written by the Center’s head-honcho psychologist.

Wordless Wednesday: Adulthood is Inspiring

Photo of Salvation Mountain by Morgan

Do You Remember the Times?

Today, Michael Jackson passed away. Though I just birthed this blog, I don’t think an incident like this can go unnoticed in the blogosphere.

A few ruminations:

I have learned that the fastest way to obtain the most up-to-the-minute news is through Facebook. Forget CNN, BBC, MSNBC, NY Times, etc. In case of incident, injury, or emergency always, always, always consult Facebook first.

Example 1: When there was a small earthquake in LA a few months ago (I didn’t feel it), everyone on Facebook was talking about it. I checked the news websites, there was nothing about it. Twenty minutes later, the LA Times and CNN finally reported it.

Example 2: When the metro trains collided in D.C. last week, I was just hanging out on my Facebook when all of the sudden I see a handful of status posts about the metro collision, including one person who was actually ON one of the trains that collided. I checked the news, nothing. Twenty minutes later, The Washington Post, MSNBC, and CNN finally reported it.

Today, I am checking in on Facebook and I see about 5 posts about Michael Jackson’s death. I check the usual newswires – all they say is that he is hospitalized. In about 25 minutes, nearly everyone on my Facebook has commented on the death and still not one news source would confirm.

There is power in the ability to report and record events. No longer is it a power reserved for the media, or publishing houses for that matter. We can claim and use information for our own means, and we must! In a small way, this is why I started this blog.

Back to MJ. You know, I wasn’t probably cool enough to listen to MJ’s music when I was really young (I worked for a children’s radio station after all, I am pretty sure Billy Jean was not acceptable programming.) Then, when I reached 10th grade I became buddies with some eccentric friends that loved the 80’s. We would drive around Washington D.C. in my friend Meredith’s little Ford Tempo blasting all things MJ.

To me, Michael Jackson’s music embodies mix tapes and memories. And though MJ faced some tough issues in his life, as an artist he dramatically innovated and invigorated pop music.

How has Michael Jackson’s music been woven into the soundtrack of your lives? How did you hear about his death? Do you care about his death, and the hype of his passing when so many people around the world die every day? How does Facebook change the role of the media? Or does it? Have you noticed these same kinds of reporting trends in your social networking sites? Does this access to information empower you, or worry you? Post any thoughts on these or other topics of interest in the comments.

(Photos attributed to the LA Times and Getty Images)

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