February 1, 2012

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–Anita M. Harris

New Cambridge Observer is a publication of the Harris Communications Group, specializing in public relations, thought leadership and social media for clients in health, science and technology, worldwide.

This morning, I ran into this guy  when I was crossing the Cambridge Common.  When he tried to pick me up.  I gave him the cold shoulder, which he seemed to enjoy. Oh, well.

It was cool to come upon the whimsical snowpersons  that seemed to guide my way  along the paths covered in deep snow by yesterday’s fierce blizzard …especially after President Barack Obama’s thoughtful talk, last night, about the importance of civility, the American national family and the need  to move forward in a positive way after  the horrific shootings in Tuscon. [ Here’s a link to the speech, in case you missed it:

http://pol.moveon.org/azobamaspeech.html?id=25807-6209466-EecNh0x&t=3]

In fact, despite all the awful things going on the world–or maybe because of them–I’m finding that my neighbors–like whoever made the snowman–seem to be more considerate these days. After the last big storm, I ran into someone from the building next door (who asked me not to use his name) who was clearing snow, water and ice at a crosswalk so that people would not have to wade through deep water to reach the curb. And my downstairs neighbor, who doesn’t have a car, sometimes just shovels out other peoples’ cars for the fun (and exercise) of it.

Actually, I’ve felt that many people have been more neighborly, nicer, since 9/11…tho this group does not include certain Republicans and pundits who seem to get nastier as time goes on. I was shocked to learn that Ben Quayle, Vice President Dan Quayle’s son, who is now, unfortunately, a Congressman, actually said in a campaign ad that Barack Obama is the worst president this country has ever had..and don’t get me started on Sarah Palin’s trigger-happy “mean girl” rhetoric.  Rather than engage in namecalling and derision,  I’ll quit now –and simply  thank whomever built Mr. Snowman for your neighborliness and sense of fun. You really brightened my day!

–Anita M. Harris

Here’s a summary, compiled by the stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com, who mulled over how this blog did in 2010. Five thousand views… Thanks, wordpress,  readers, and the Boston Globe!  I promise to be more diligent in 2011.

Here’s a high level summary-followed by a rundown by individual blog. Anita

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 4,700 times in 2010. That’s about 11 full 747s.

 

In 2010, there were 6 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 57 posts. There were 40 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 6mb. That’s about 3 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was January 6th with 203 views. The most popular post that day was Eeek! May I borrow your cat? Mice. Please advise. .

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were digg.com, healthfitnesstherapy.com, dating-online2u.blogspot.com, slashingtongue.com, and the-best-twitter.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for new cambridge observer, cambridge observer, unusual playground, cambridge common playground, and fruits and vegetables.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Eeek! May I borrow your cat? Mice. Please advise. December 2009
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2

New Cambridge Playground Opens September 2009

3

Essaydi’s Les Femmes du Maroc a must-see. January 2010

4

Ladino Music Group Aljashu Debuts in Boston December 2009

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Non-invasive test predicts risk of sudden cardiac arrest March 2009

We’ve changed hosts, which seems to have confused the search engines. You can find New Cambridge Observer at http://newcambridgeobserver.com  –or email us at harriscom at comcast.net.   Sorry for any mixup. Anita  Harris

New Cambridge Observer is a publication of the Harris Communications Group of Cambridge, MA. We also publish Harriscom Blog and Ithaca Diaries Blog.

    Flowers in February


    Photos by Anita M. Harris
    February 1-28, 2010

    Lincoln Public Library
    3 Bedford Road
    Lincoln, MA
    Reception: Saturday, Feb. 13, 3-4:30 PM

     

    In this exhibit, I hope to share the joy I feel when discovering the amazing shapes, colors, and patterns of nature—and to offer a bright spot, an indoor garden, a few rays of warmth and hope, during these cold, dark, winter days.
     I’m especially pleased to be showing my photos in the Lincoln Library—where I’ve much appreciated the helpfulness and graciousness of the staff.  In return, I plan to donate a portion of profits from photo sales to the library.


    I hope you enjoy the photos, which are available for purchase from Anita Harris Photography (see below) or at the Town Hall Exchange, 25 Lincoln Rd., Lincoln, MA.
     I’d welcome your comments!

     ———Anita  Harris

     
    Anita M. Harris a photographer, writer, communications consultant and member of the Lincoln Library’s Write Stuff group.  Her photos have been shown at the Arlington and Concord Art Associations, at Harvard University and in the Boston Public Library. They have also published in popular and trade publications and seen on the CBS Discovery Channel.

    Anita Harris Photography 
    Cambridge, MA 02138
    617-576-0906
    harris.anita@comcast.net
    anharris.myphotoalbum.com
    www.harriscom.com

    New Cambridge Observer is a publication of the Harris Communications Group of Cambridge, MA. We also publish Harriscomblog and Ithaca Diaries blog.  

Dear Best Pest:

I live on the fifth floor of a brick building near Harvard Square–and have mice. The WHite Mouse, pink backgroundbuilding management has given me traps–but these being Cambridge mice, they appear to be outsmarting us.

Last night, a big one ran across my living room; last week, a small one scurried halfway across the kitchen. When I jumped, he scurried back under the dishwasher. Three have succumbed to sticky traps, which has been horrible.
Can you please advice me on what it might cost to seal off a 750 Sq. foot apartment with a living room, bedroom, kitchen, hallway and bathroom? Thanks–Anita Harris 617-576-0906

I’m still voting for voting for Martha Coakley but am dismayed at the attack ads her campaign has unleashed on her Republican opponent for the Massachusetts Senatorial Seat– Republican State Senator Scott Brown.

Unfortunately, the  ads fail to emphasize the important things Coakley stands for: health reform, civil rights, regulating greed, and finding intelligent ways to fight terrorism.  They disseminate untruths about her opponent who, on Monday’s hourlong televised debate, said that he supports abortion (albeit not late term) and  emergency contraception for rape victims (albeit not if it goes against health provider’s personal beliefs) and, despite earlier statements,  that he believes that global warming is not only natural, but also manmade.

Worse yet,  the ads give Brown  a perfect opportunity to appear reasonable, dignified and unflappable–Senatorial, if you will, compared with the ham-handedness evident in ads Coakley apparently approved.

A  Brown win could end possibilities for health reform in the current Congressional session and beyond.

I’m very concerned that the ads will backfire– and, given my  own strong reaction against them I believe they will. (I don’t want to contribute money that could be used to fund them).

I just hope that Massachusetts citizens will look beyond the ads to Coakley’s strong record of accomplishment amd her belief in a government based on human and civil rights –hold their noses–and give her their votes.

–Anita M. Harris
New Cambridge Observer is a publication of the Harris Communications Group of Cambridge, MA. We also publish HarrisComBlog and Ithaca Diaries blog.