Feb 1
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Wikipedia: Copy­edit­ing tool and so much more

I often use Wikipedia, the free online ency­clo­pe­dia, for my copy­edit­ing work because fact-checking is often part of copy­edit­ing projects. Though Wikipedia isn’t con­sid­ered cred­i­ble enough to be a stand-alone source of doc­u­men­ta­tion in an aca­d­e­mic paper or schol­arly work, it works great for double-checking a bit of information.

So when I saw a fundrais­ing ad on Wikipedia in Decem­ber, I opted to donate a few dol­lars. If every­one who uses Wikipedia donates a mere $3 or $5 a year, it will con­tinue to be a ready resource for us. But my point here isn’t to make a fundrais­ing plea. It’s to share what I found in my inbox today as part of a “thank you” from Wikipedia: this video. Take a look … Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 12
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This video is amaz­ing. It’s orig­i­nally from the travel com­pany Expedia’s web­site, and I’m not show­ing it to endorse Expe­dia (nor do I not endorse Expe­dia). I’m shar­ing it here because it is such a touch­ing and hon­est rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the “evolv­ing” (yes, Pres­i­dent Obama’s word) that often must take place in a heterosexual’s process of learn­ing to accept a loved one’s homo­sex­u­al­ity. Take 3 min­utes to watch:

One of my pri­mary clients in my edit­ing and writ­ing free­lance work is 10,000 Same-Sex Cou­ples eMagazine. I’ve worked with its pub­lisher, Delena Wilk­er­son, for prac­ti­cally as long as I’ve been edit­ing full-time — since Octo­ber 2009. I came on-board with Delena as she was prepar­ing her sec­ond issue; as of this month, she has pub­lished 37!

10,000 Cou­ples can’t pay me much, but the rea­son I con­tinue with the emag and all it rep­re­sents — “the face of same-sex cou­ples around the globe,” in the words of its tagline — is summed up in this video: the joy that some human beings find in lov­ing, roman­ti­cally, sex­u­ally, some­one of their same gen­der; the fact that they are just as enti­tled to such joy as I am to the joy I expe­ri­ence in lov­ing and being com­mit­ted to my hus­band; and the capac­ity of het­ero­sex­ual fam­ily and friends to move in their under­stand­ing of and appre­ci­a­tion for all that such a rela­tion­ship — a mar­riage — means for the gay or les­bian person(s) they love.

When this dad indi­cates that see­ing the sparkle and joy return to his daughter’s eyes as a result of the love she has found in her girlfriend-turned-wife is more impor­tant to him than retain­ing his for­mer con­cept of right and wrong… well, to me, that is huge. That’s what 10,000 Cou­ples — and my sup­port of the LGBT com­mu­nity, which I can best offer through my writ­ing and edit­ing — is all about.

Jul 3
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Friends, what I am about to share with you has really touched my heart, and I want to help get the mes­sage out far and wide. It’s a story of love, loss, and heartache deeper than it would have had to be if jus­tice and equal­ity, not to men­tion sim­ple com­pas­sion, had been prac­ticed. I learned about it through Shelly Gold­stein, one of our most awe­some writ­ers at the “10,000 Cou­ples” web-mag. She plugs this project in our July issue.

If you will, I’d be grate­ful for your tak­ing a few min­utes to read about this doc­u­men­tary film project and, most impor­tant, to watch the video that explains it all. Then, if your heart is moved, please make a pledge. Shane and Linda need $300,000 in pledges by JULY 19 in order to make the film. You can pledge as lit­tle as a dol­lar, though I opted to give $50. Wish I could do much more. Hope you can help.

This mes­sage was in my email inbox this morning:

Hello every­one,

Thank you for your con­tin­ued sup­port! We have now passed over 1,000 back­ers and we are not far from reach­ing 50% of our goal. 

Kick­starter fundrais­ing cam­paigns tend to slow down around the halfway mark, so we ask that you please con­tinue doing what­ever you can to spread the word about Bride­groom. If we don’t reach our goal of $300,000 by Thurs­day July 19th, all of your pledges are returned, and we not only lose the oppor­tu­nity to make this film, but we lose the oppor­tu­nity to open people’s hearts and minds on this impor­tant human rights issue. 

Sin­cerely,

Linda and Shane

Thanks, every­one.  ~Heidi

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