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Lately, I’ve spent some time thinking about personal vulnerability.  And what it means to really live your life as you want to, not how you are “supposed to.”  A myriad of pressures, expectations, and influences align to keep us living a certain way even when it’s not what our soul really feels or longs for.  It’s scary to live truly honestly, let it all hang out, and damn the consequences.

Given this mindset, I was particularly touched by Jason Collins’ outstanding letter in Sports Illustrated today, which is getting a lot of coverage.  I can’t say I had ever heard of Jason Collins before today but his words deeply moved me.  I believe it is one of those sacred shared human experiences to yearn to be true to our deepest selves and to live our lives fully even when it seems daunting.  With all the recent press coverage around the vulnerability that will likely surround the first professional male athlete(s) to come out, all I heard in Jason’s voice was strength.  And pride.  And peace.

I was really proud to be a former Stanford varsity athlete today.  Way to go, Jason!

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Cinco de Mayo

I love these two quotes and how they work well together: one about respecting others and the other about respecting oneself.

“Respect for the rights of others means peace.”

–Benito Juárez,
Mexican politician

“It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.”

–Emiliano Zapata,
Mexican revolutionary

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A Spring Quote

“Dare to be yourself.”

–André Gide,
French author

A good friend sent me this and it struck me in its powerful simplicity.  So much packed in there!  I thought it was especially apropos during spring when so much new life is blooming and opportunities for growth abound.

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Hello, Good People of the Internet.

Privacy on the web is increasingly grabbing headlines around the world. For our part, Mozilla would like to continue to work on behalf of users to be privacy forward. So, as the Mozilla community prepares to finalize features for Firefox 4 in the upcoming days, I am putting out a call to all Mozilla employees and contributors to ask that you please contact me or Liz Compton with updates that you think we should be making to the privacy policy for Firefox. We are making this call publicly to try to be as comprehensive as possible and because, of course, not all of our work comes from within Mozilla the company.

How do you know if you need to contact us? Well, if there is a feature of Firefox that handles user data, we want to make sure its appropriately disclosed to our users in the privacy policy. If you aren’t sure if it’s properly disclosed in the privacy policy, we can walk through that analysis together. If it’s a new feature, then definitely contact us.

You can email us at privacy@mozilla.com or directly at jmartin@mozilla.com or liz@mozilla.com. Once we have a draft policy, we will follow our usual procedure of posting it to the Mozilla governance groups for public comment and discussion.

Julie

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A Quote for Thanksgiving

Couldn’t resist this one:

“A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.”

–Cicero,
Roman orator

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