Mitochondrial Disease

The Blahger

I’ve known for quite a few years that I have a rare disease. Actually, as a kid, I had such strange ailments that my parents took me to Mayo Clinic, where I we were told it was Lupus. My sister still carries that as a diagnosis. Doctors said I would probably never have children. What they should have said is “You should never have kids.” That way I would not have passed on whatever genetic mutations have caused so much suffering for so many of my kids.

But I was cocky when I was young. And I felt pretty good while pregnant and nursing. In time things caught up to me. I produce so many kidney stones that both sides of my body show evidence of stones present, and those who have left behind scar tissue. Tomorrow I go in for surgery to remove a monster stone from the left…

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10 Non-Fatalistic, Real-Life Tips for Freelance Writers

Alaina Mabaso's Blog

I may look back on this blog post in a few years and cringe that I was callow enough to compose an advice article about writing professionally when I have been doing it for only five years. But a growing number of people have asked me for advice.

While this is aimed primarily at writers, I have an inkling that the same principles apply to current or aspiring professionals in graphic design, fine arts, photography, or any number of fields.

FYI, this ain’t a tutorial on the Art of Writing. It’s not about the pros and cons or financials of freelancing. And I am not a fiction writer. This is about finding and keeping freelance writing gigs in journalism, PR, marketing, copywriting and related fields. And each of the ten tips is accompanied by a holier-than-thou example from my own life – I am not foisting ideas upon you that…

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Freshly Pressed: Four Friday Faves

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No more of this “waiting until the end of the month” nonsense to see what was hot on Freshly Pressed! To keep our Freshly Pressed editors’ picks, um, fresh, we’ll highlight a few of our (and your) favorite posts here every Friday.

If One More Woman Complains About the Size of Her Body . . .

Caitlin Kelly’s post on Broadside hit a nerve with hundreds of you.

Whining about weight teaches the girls in our lives, who look to us their role models, that this is just what women do, that focusing miserably and endlessly on our individual body size and shape is our most pressing issue as women — instead of political and economic issues that affect us all, size 00s to 24s,  like paid maternity leave or better domestic violence protection or access to birth control and abortion.

Caitlin’s post racked up the Likes, but also spawned…

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Showcase Your Images with Galleries

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We recently announced changes to the Media Manager, which is designed to make it easier to upload images, audio, and video files to your site and edit their attributes.

Galleries and the Carousel

We highly encourage you to display your images in a gallery. Our different gallery styles showcase your collections of images professionally, and when you click on an image in a gallery, you can view its larger size in a full-size carousel. In the carousel, your readers can comment on individual images, and you can opt to display the metadata for all of your images — which is valuable info for photographers, camera hobbyists, and anyone interested in learning more about your images.

You can insert a gallery with the default thumbnail grid layout, as seen in German photographer Sven Seebeck’s galleries of landscapes and nature photography. Sven’s stunning images of coastal Cornwall in England and Norway’s Lofoten…

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