Because the world is full of heartless sharks, sadly I have to explain that you, my readers, are reading and/or using any of the information they glean from my blog at your own risk

Terms of use. This is where I tell you, the reader, that you are reading my blog of your own free will and that you are taking the information provided at your own risk.

Copyright policy. This is where I explain that, unless otherwise noted, I, the author, am the legal copyright holder of the material on my blog and it may not be used, reprinted, or published without my (the author’s) written consent.

Hold harmless. This is where I explain that the information I provide is for entertainment purposes only. This is also where I have to tell you that neither I (the author) nor the information on this blog is, or can supplant advice from your doctor, psychologist, lawyer, physical trainer, pastor/priest, financial planner, nutritionist, neighbor, mother, father, sister, brother, dog, that little voice in your head, or anyone else I haven’t mentioned. Again, because the world is full of heartless sharks, I have to explain, once again, that you, my readers, are reading and/or using any of the information they glean from my blog at your own risk. From time to time, the information on this blog may change. The format may change. Links may change. For that matter, because the Internet is fluid and full of punks, links may sometimes go somewhere they weren’t supposed to go, and I (the author) can’t help that.

Privacy statement. This is where I tell my readers that I will not put them on spam lists. This is where I tell my readers that I will not sell their contact information to another company. This is where I explain that I am not responsible for the privacy practices of my advertisers (if I ever have any) or blog commenters.

Reserve rights. This is where I tell my readers that I reserve the right to change the focus of my blog at any time, to shut it down, to sell it, or to change the terms of use at your discretion. Hey, it’s my blog and I’ll do what I want to.

Advertisers and sponsors. This is where I explain that I am not responsible for the actions of my advertisers or sponsors or commenters (Again, if I ever have any). If my reader purchases a product or service based upon a link from my blog, said reader must take action with that company alone to resolve the issue, not me.

Affiliate Disclaimer. 

As directed by the FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION, (see 16 CFR Part 255) – Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising, the purpose of this policy is to establish that this site may accept compensatory affiliations with other companies.

This website may at times accept forms of cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of affiliate compensation.

The compensation received may or may not influence the advertising content, topics or posts made on this site. That content, advertising space or post may not always be identified as paid or sponsored content. Not all content is written or presented for the sole purpose of receiving affiliate income. Clicking on links or purchasing products contained on this website may generate income for this website owner(s).

The owner(s) of this website is compensated through various affiliate programs and some content presents opinions on products, services, websites and various other topics. Even though the owner(s) of this website may receive affiliate compensation for reviews or advertisements, we always give our honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences on those topics or products. The views and opinions expressed on this website are purely the website’s’ own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.

This website does contain some content which may or may not present a conflict of interest. This content may not always be immediately identified due to the nature of posting methods. When possible every attempt will be made to identify advertising from general non-advertising content.

So for every post on this site, assume:

(Illustrations courtesy of Louis Gray and Jeannine Schafer)

Letters to the editor. This is where I state my policy on using letters or emails that have been written directly to me. If the letter intrigues me, and if the letter is, in my sole judgement, beneficial to my reader community writ large, then I will only publish the letter with written permission from the author, and will reasonably exclude all personally identifying information. Otherwise, all correspondence with me (the blog author) is confidential. The authors of letters sent to me retain ownership of said material unless otherwise agreed upon in writing.

Wheew! Glad that’s over with.