I have been meaning to do this for a while, but a few separate, unrelated events in the past few days reminded me I needed to get on with this. 

So, here you have them -- Rights and Permissions and Rules for my blog:

First:  Unless stated otherwise, I own the copyrights to all posts and images and everything I write.  I do my best to attribute sources where I have taken images from online; if I have erred anywhere please let me know and I will either remove the offensive item(s) or properly give credit.

Second: This is my blog, so I make the rules.  If you don't like them, feel free to email me so we can discuss the issue you have.  Or in the alternative, feel free to leave. 

Third:  Although I have not had any sponsored posts to date, I promise to fully disclose when and if I ever have a sponsored post.  If you do not see such a disclosure, I am not being, and have not been, paid to write anything.  In either case, all opinions are my own. Yes, the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Fourth:  I love pinning and sharing!  You are free to link to any posts and "pin" on Pinterest any photos or images, so long as you give me credit.  Likewise, you are welcome to "share" on Facebook. 

Fifth:  You may not, unless you have express written consent to do so, copy an entire post.  You should follow "fair use" guidelines.  You may take a small excerpt, but please link back for your readers to see my original, full post, for anything else.

Sixth:  Presently, I allow all comments to post immediately without any review process. However, I reserve the right to delete any comments I deem offensive, inappropriate, or otherwise not in the spirit of what I want for my blog.  I also reserve the right to delete any comments which include links to advertising, however legitimate the product or service may be.  If you have something you would like to share and/or advertise, please send me an email and we can discuss whether I will allow you to post it or share it on my blog.  (You might even get a guest post or a dedicated post from me -- hey, maybe you'd even be my first sponsored post!)  If you feel I have deleted your comment in error, please send me an email and I will be happy to discuss it.

Seventh:  I reserve all other rights not explicitly stated here.

Whew!  See?  My law-school education was good for something, after all!

Last updated: May 10, 2012

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