Public Service

Monday Morning Housekeeping

Hello, friends and neighbors.  Welcome to the third week in October and the third week of Persephone Magazine.  It’s going to be a great week, we’re continuing to get our s*** together behind the scenes amongst moving, a case of the flu, kids on fall break, aging parents, Masters theses, job interviews, freelance work, illness, money worries and writer’s block.  Persephone Magazine, we’re just like you!

If there’s a common thread that all of the writers and editors here share, it’s the ability to look at things critically and be tenacious in the face of a challenge.  Otherwise, all of us are pretty different, and we’d be hard pressed to find a topic on which we’d all agree. That being said,  I received a handful of emails Sunday night about one of our writers.  If you take issue with something one of us says on another website, take it up on that website and/or with that writer privately.   If you want to take issue with something one of us says here, by all means go for it.   We always want to hear what you have to say, but we want you to keep the following commenting guidelines in mind when you love us or you hate us.  Make sure your posts have the following:

Elvis, our commenting mascot

Empathy – an attempt to look at at topic or idea from more than your own point of view.

Levity – keeping it light and witty when appropriate, knowing how to diffuse a potentially hostile commenting situation with humor

Vitality – making sure your post adds to the livelihood of the discussion.

In Context – Don’t comment about your cat on a post about dogs, kids.

Sensitivity – We are all passionate, well read, opinionated, clever and long winded, and we can each be completely awesome and a complete tool, sometimes in the same sentence.  Cut each other some slack.

We haven’t received anything but great comments so far, let’s keep it classy.

On to the fun stuff!  On today’s menu we’ve got a fresh Perspectives piece from a young women with a very compelling story, a piece on the art of smudging, an Op Ed on breast cancer, a piece on education and much, much more.  Later on this week we’re doing a Very Special Episode where several of our writers and a few special guest stars will be writing about the summer they were seventeen; our usual motley collection of reviews, ladyguides, informational tidbits, recipes and the Frisky Feminist.  The internet is not completing me at the moment, but if  enough interesting items pop up in my feeds I’ll put one up later.

In honor of Elvis, here’s today’s morning kicker:

Image Credit by Robert Couse-Baker on Flickr

By Ophelia Payne

Editor in Chief of Persephone Magazine, Ophelia spends most of her time in front of a monitor. She writes long, rambling emails in her free time.