Received a note for my birthday last week that said that the site “relaxes me.” Was particularly happy about that. That’s a good space to have in an internet designed to make you mad.
Been lively here the last couple of days. So I went on the American Bar Associations site to see what the rules for civil conversation are for jurors. To wit:
- Show respect for the views expressed by others, even if you strongly disagree.
- Be brief in your comments so that all who wish to speak have a chance to express their views.
- Direct your comments to the group as a whole, rather than to any one individual.
- Don’t let disagreements or conflicting views become personal. Name-calling and shouting are not acceptable ways of conversing with others.
- Let others express their views without interruption. Your Dialogue leader will try to give everyone a chance to speak or respond to someone else’s comments.
- Remember that a frank exchange of views can be fruitful, so long as you observe the rules of civil conversation.
One of my resolutions turning 60 is to find a way to not say mean things about anyone at any time ever again. I can’t promise, but I have already observed that there is a muscle that needs to be exercised in order to say that one does not like something without being mean.
Something I would love your opinion on. I obviously did not found Ivy-Style, so the editorial direction until about three years ago was aimed a different way. My work is to make Ivy and its values accessible and accepted across the board. I just love the idea of dressing for dignity. So that is part one. Part two is, I also view the site as a public trust of sorts. It is far and away the most exhaustive digital recording of Ivy Style, and I think we can all agree that the medium for history going forward is digital. So here is the issue I am working on: there are posts on the site before I got here, and commentary on the site before I got here, that do not stand the test of time. I am not talking about an intelligently expressed political view. I am looking for ways to present the history of this site without presenting messaging that we have evolved out of. Wide open to suggestion. Addendum as a result of our dialogue: it is important to note that editing the site’s posts and commentary has been a practice since the site’s inception, so the notion that it is best to leave things as they were may be irrelevant, they were never wholly presented as they were in the first place. The question isn’t whether to edit, it is whether or not we have grown a little and the line has moved some. The site and commentary have ALWAYS been edited.
If that isn’t enough to think about:
And finally, a paragraph from our good friend James Taylor of Waterhollow Tweed about the history of Mercer:
Although officially founded in 1982, Mercer & Sons began a few years earlier, cutting traditional Oxford cloth button-down (OCBD) shirts in Boston in the late 1970s.Unhappy with the current offerings from Brooks Brothers, Mercer designed its own shirt pattern: Full cut, with six-button plackets, and a beautiful collar roll–a feature that is acheived through avoiding both lining and fusing, and that has become a hallmark of Mercer shirts. The buttons on their barrel cuffs are placed at the base of the cuff, close to the seam with the sleeve. This provides a neat closure at the cuff, while allowing your wrist to be unrestricted–useful for those who wear larger watches, and also very useful for long hours of typing! In 1988 Mercer & Sons moved from Boston to Adamsville, Rhode Island; in 2003 they moved again to Yarmouth, Maine. Their offices are currently located in Bozeman, Montana. Their shirts are still all Made in the USA… and are, quite possibly, the best traditional shirts on the market today.