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Garden Update: Winds of time

Posted by on 29 Apr 2013 | Tagged as: books, cooking, copyrights, critters, food, friends, holidays, Local Artists' Websites, social justice, Uncategorized

Here are a few pictures from around the yard over the last couple of weeks, starting with the 18 or so raspberry plants a friend let us take from her garden!

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What would you do if…

Posted by on 18 Jan 2012 | Tagged as: copyrights, Making a Difference, politics, Uncategorized

  • you couldn’t access information about products, trends, people or news on the internet?
  • you couldn’t direct others to interesting information you found on the internet?
  • you were liable for legal penalties if you direct someone to a site that had pirated content — even if you didn’t know it was pirated?
  • your work, created with another’s permission to use and make derivative works, suddenly became retroactively illegal?

This is the a short list of some of my concerns with the SOPA legislation that is being discussed in Washington, D.C. – it is based in part on complaints that there are many websites that are illegally posting and streaming content that is copyrighted. Which may be true. However, the legislation that is being discussed would also catch people who are inadvertently including materials that may be copyrighted.

For example, I took a short video this morning showing the walls of my son’s bedroom, including the many movie and book posters he has collected through the years. As written, this legislation might make this small, innocent video illegal. Even things that are wholly my own work could, potentially, find their way to being charged as not legal, or disallowed from some websites even with my permission to use!

Search engines might be reluctant to link to any but the most well-researched, and most well-connected websites, rendering small operations like my own tiny business (currently on hiatus) all-but invisible online.

I urge people who value freedom of expression, freedom of information, freedom of communication, to think carefully about two things:

  1. Contact your legislators to express concern over the potential to erode the average person’s online freedoms in the name of protecting personal and corporate copyrights. When law-abiding, honest people find their rights restricted in an attempt to stop piracy, it is shameful. Laws should be written to punish and deter criminals, not regular people!
  2. Don’t knowingly use, promote or provide pirated content. This includes music, movies, books and other materials that clearly have a creator/owner who expects payment for use. If people paid for legitimately sourced content, legislation like this would not be sought after!

Remember, laws should be written to protect and support people. People should not be afraid of, nor un-necessarily restricted by, laws. Let’s keep the balance in favor of people, and avoid legislation that will increase lawsuits against innocent folks.

New pages

Posted by on 19 May 2009 | Tagged as: copyrights, education, Gardens and Life, good things, musings, parenting, Politics and War, Uncategorized, writing

I wanted to let people who know me see some of my work from the last two quarters. So you will notice a major heading in the sidebar that reads “Papers 2008-2009” — the name of the half-time program I have been taking since January. Under that are other headings that link to various essays. More will be added later, but I need to actually get back to the tasks (reading) that are essential for today.


This Place

Posted by on 04 Jun 2008 | Tagged as: copyrights, good things, poetry, Uncategorized

I gave the 6th grade class I am helping with an assignment today, write a poem titled “This Place.” No other guidance…

Wish you could have seen the looks on their faces!

Anyway, I strongly believe that a teacher should be willing to do their own assignments. Here is what I came up with.

This Place

holds joy
and sorrow
and peace
and fear

this place

is warm as a summer day
and cool as gray rain
in autumn

this place

contains everything
and nothing
a little
a lot

this place

makes sense
but sometimes
it’s just crazy

this place

grows with me
surrounds me
protects me
support me

this place

this place

yes —


As usual, this is copyright me, permission granted to share with no changes, attribution to KStidham.  Thanks for asking before republishing.

My Own Poem

Posted by on 30 Apr 2008 | Tagged as: art, citizenship, copyrights, fun, poetry, Uncategorized, wordplay, words, writing

Well, Robin has been writing poems all month. I thought it would be a good idea to write one also, since I didn’t manage to participate in NaPoWriMo (this time).

Independent, I





why choose?

be bold, bright, splendid
quiet, calm, reserved

grey, purple, moderate, centered, boldly quiet, splendidly calm, brightly reserved…

and all at once

be yourself.

this is by ks, copyright ks, permission to quote and alter — but please cite ks as your source.