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Today's word on journalism

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Dear WORDies:

All good things come to an end, they say. Not-so-good things, too, for that matter.

This marks the last word of the 11th season of TODAY'S WORD ON JOURNALISM (pause for shrieks, applause, heavy sighs, general hand-wringing and sobbing), the international daily email spam of soundbites about the press, free expression, engaged citizenship, spelling, public life, writing, and sweatsocks.

Normally, the WORD continues its reign of terror through the second week of May. But this year, WORDmeister Ted Pease is on sabbatical from his day job, and has the chance at a junket. "So," he mused as he headed for the airport, "enough is enuff."

As Xenocrates (396-314 BC) famously whipped, "I have often regretted my speech, never my silence." In the WORD's case, what could be more true?

The WORD will meet with moguls who think 11 or 12 years' accumulation of its "wisdom" might make a book, a movie, or even a weblog. Exciting times, enhanced by St. Mumbles' tender chemical therapies. Stay tuned.

In the meantime, dear WORDsters, keep the faith. Tom Stoppard's right: "Words are sacred. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones, in the right order, you can nudge the world a little."

Nudge on.

Ted Pease, WORDmeister
Pease Omphaloskepsis Institute (POI)
Trinidad, California

Richmond joins movement to make April 'Child Abuse Prevention Month'

By Jena Stout

March 23, 2007 | RICHMOND -- Richmond City Council unanimously passed a motion to dub April "Child Abuse Prevention Month."

In the City Council meeting Tuesday night, Rick Shaffer, a representative of the Child and Family Support Center in Logan, brought forth the proclamation asking the council to pass the motion and to support the festivities raising money for the center.

"There has been a 33.8 percent increase in child abuse from the years 2002 to 2003," reported Shaffer.

Shaffer continued by saying the hope of those at the center is to provide a place for children and parents to get help and guidance, and hopefully get them back on their feet.

The center has many classes including anger management, parenting, stepfamily and social skills classes.

There is also a 24-hour crisis hot line and a child abuse shelter. On April 14 there will be 5-kilometer race entitled Race Against Child Abuse in Wellsville. There is also a fundraiser called Flocked Cha! In which you can donate $15 dollars and employees of the Support Center will "flock" any person of your choice with fake flamingos on their lawns along with a sign that says "I've been flocked because I care about families and children!"

Finally, there will be a Blue Ribbon Benefit Dinner and Auction on April 27 at the Coppermill Restaurant in Logan.

Mayor Michael Hall had no problem giving his encouragement and support of the matter.

"I think it's a great idea and I appreciate you bringing this to our attention. I give you my full support," said Hall. For more information on the festivities call (435) 752-8880 or visit

The Child and Family Support Center is at 380 W. 1400 North in Logan.


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