It's been a long day today, what with the hour it took me to dig out the 4 feet of hardpacked slush betweenÂ the cars parked at the end of the driveway and the bare road just on the other side. I finally got to the computer tonight to find this cryptic email in my inbox from Susan Harris over at
To redeem your shoes just email email@example.com and give him this redemption code. Give him your color choice and size. Enjoy!
Your code is: XXXXXX-XXXX GardenRantSusan Harris
My natural reaction, of course, was to fire Susan back a note accusing her of trying to buy my vote in the
Later on, I finally made it from email to browser and saw
So I am publicly apologizing to Susan and the rest of the crew for questioning their integrity. (Plus, at first I thought it was a joke to get me to wear pastel garden shoes when I love my old sneakers that put a blooming amorphophallus to shame.)
But seriously, that
Reading the ethical guidelines, it challenges me to do a better job. Some examples:
Distinguish factual information and commentary from advertising and shun hybrids that blur the lines between the two.
I often plug Cornell resources because I'm familiar with them, but also because I think they're valuable. But I should always remember to write: Full disclosure. I work there. I wrote or edited this, or the researcher is a friend of mine outside of work.
Show good taste. Avoid pandering to lurid curiosity.
I try to keep it in the 'Art' category. (My brother was disappointed by the content he found in the 'woodies' category.) And I have to admit that picture of John Ashcroft up at the top of this post makes
Disclose conflicts of interest, affiliations, activities and personal agendas.
GardenRant gave me some shoes so I won't have to garden barefoot any more. In exchange, I promise to continue to post contrarian comments there.