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Bainbridge Buzz: a new online community magazine

March 20th, 2005 · No Comments

I’ve delayed in linking to Bainbridge Buzz, a new online community magazine, because I don’t know what to say: there’s such an abundance of wealth on this site that I don’t know where to begin in describing it! The more I read, the longer my list for this post has grown. In respect for the site’s copyright laws, I will link but not quote. To learn more about Bainbridge Buzz look here and editor Cathy Nickum’s info is posted on this page. Newer pieces as well as older articles from the Buzz’s earlier life as a paper journal are included, two kinds of treasures.

The magazine covers a range of topics relevant to islanders such as education, including Mothers Against WASL. I’ve enjoyed the refreshing writing such as morning tea and women’s rowing which have inspired me.

On Bainbridge Buzz are practical recipes and reflections on friendship and family.

Hot topics abound from Democrat – Republican dialogue to reaction on the recent (March 17) release of a sex offender in our community and aspects of sex and parenting.

Cathy courageously is sharing slices of her own struggles as a parent of a teenager.

At first, blogevangelist that I am, I felt frustrated with the site. Navigating between pieces requires more clicking than I like, spoiled as I am from using an aggregator to read blogs. I told Cathy I would appreciate a subscription feed. Blogging software, I think, would work just as well.

As I’ve read and dialogued in email with Cathy, I’ve seen the potential for this site. Comments and contributions are welcome. Maybe Bainbridge Buzz can be an online community where we can gather together across generations and build bridges across the gaps of communication. As I look through the site, I see honest personal voices. I see information and opportunities. I see people seeking dialogue. I see writers taking risks to share their souls. May community come.

Bainbridge Buzz is described in its tagline as community and connection for women on Bainbridge Island and beyond. Many of the issues do go beyond Bainbridge. The magazine may soon start a men’s section and welcomes male readers…go take a look and see what the buzz is!

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