Sunday February 29, 2004

Treasures 2004_09

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, things that make me feel happy or thankful or interested, things that are worth remembering. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words.

I gather my treasures through out the week. Please feel free to start your own lists of Treasures on your own weblog or here in the comments. ...
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Treasures 2004_09 ( in category Treasures ) - posted at Sun, 29 Feb, 23:17 Pacific

Sunday February 29, 2004

Word Beads on Sentence Strings

When I was in Junior High, or thereabouts, a wonderful store opened downtown. It was called The Knothole and it sold jewelry findings - clasps, links, chains, pinbacks, ... and beads, hundreds of choices of beads. There were large beads, tiny beads, and every size in between. There were beads made of metal, glass, wood, plastic, and ceramic. There were plain beads and colored beads on every shade and hue: painted, glazed, or dyed. My sister and spent a lot of time there, choosing beads. We bought a lot of beads and strung them into necklaces for ourselves, our friends, and our family. It's a good memory.

Words in a sentence are like beads on a string. You can choose large ones, tiny ones, and any size in between. As with beads, you have a choice of many types, in this case nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and more. Your words can be plain or colorful.

Recently I ran across a journalling prompt idea in a writing list group I've joined. I thought it would make a good recurring weblog meme which I've called Word Beads on Sentence Strings. The idea is simple: ...
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Word Beads on Sentence Strings ( in category Memes & Prompts , Verbatim ) - posted at Sun, 29 Feb, 09:37 Pacific

Saturday February 28, 2004

Right Brain Left Brain

[ The following is only a summary of the complete essay. I couldn't quite decide where to post this entry, so I posted a summary here, with the full piece on my other weblog, commentary. ]

"This theory of the structure and functions of the mind suggests that the two different sides of the brain control two different "modes" of thinking. It also suggests that each of us prefers one mode over the other."

  • Are you an artist?

  • Are you artistic, creative, right-brained?

  • Are you left- or right-handed?
A fellow listgroup member recently started a discussion on Left- and Right- Handedness. Being an analytical sort of person, I did some research; the results weren't precisely what I expected...

Right Brain Left Brain ( in category Random Thoughts ) - posted at Sat, 28 Feb, 16:39 Pacific

Friday February 27, 2004

House Ordinary

Housework has never been my strong suit. I grew up in a family of packrats; my parents believed in taking a laissez faire approach to housework. The dining room table tended to accumulate mail, craft projects, and general piles of whatever; it was cleared on occasions when we had two or more guests for dinner (otherwise, the family ate in the kitchen). We'd vacuum when company was coming or whenever the rug seemed to need it.

As a child, I was never required to clean my room. My room varied between an average, fairly disorganized, child's room and the result of one of my periodic spontaneous outbursts of organization. (To my credit, those cleaning bursts never uncovered a half sandwich or anything of that nature!)

My first (and last) College room mate (actually grad school) was, to my mind, a neat freak. In a flat rented by 3 adult women who were usually in class or in the lab and thus rarely home, she decided that the flat needed to be vacuumed every Saturday morning. Once a week I would be awakened by the vrooooom of the vacuum outside my door, well before 10 am. When she suggested I take a turn some week, I reminded her that I owned the vacuum cleaner and closed the door again. After that experience, I rented one-bedroom apartments until I met my Spouse.

I'm no Martha Stewart and Spouse isn't Mr. Clean. While our house isn't exactly ... messy... you wouldn't want to eat off the floor. We try to straighten up the public areas, but if you can't deal with cat hair, I wouldn't advise you to visit. ...
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House Ordinary ( in category Memes & Prompts , Random Thoughts ) - posted at Fri, 27 Feb, 14:35 Pacific

Thursday February 26, 2004

Choreography

[ Today's meme is courtesy of Thursday Threesome ] :Choreography: The art of symbolically representing dancing::
Onesome: -- Choreography: What do you choreograph in your life? Your morning routine? The dinner ritual? How you study?

Twosome: -- The art of symbolically: Art? Hmmmm... Sure, what do you like to have? ...or do you? ...but how about that little symbol you keep on your desk or headboard? The one you keep because??? I mean, if you can share that...

Threesome: -- representing dancing: No, not 'do you dance?' (although that's fine too!); rather, which type(s) of dancing will you stop and watch for a moment? Ballroom? Swing? Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey?

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Choreography ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Thu, 26 Feb, 15:18 Pacific

Wednesday February 25, 2004

Dreaming

The inspiration for this essay came from a comment on the Purple Ink list group, to wit:

I dream in colour when it suits me.
To which I responded, "Does this mean you also dream in black and white when it suits?"

And then I was inspired to write this: ...
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Dreaming ( in category Gemisch/Gallimaufry ) - posted at Wed, 25 Feb, 12:26 Pacific

Tuesday February 24, 2004

Linoleum, Carpet, Wood, or Tile?

What kind of flooring do you prefer?

I grew up in a house that had linoleum floors upstairs and in the kitchen. It had wall-to-wall carpet in the living at dining rooms (at least from the time I was nine years old and those rooms were remodeled).

I don't quite know where I got my preference for wood, but I prefer wood floors with occasional throw rugs. Linoleum seems cold and... utilitarian. Wall to wall carpet is warm under my feet but it's boring and harder to clean and keep clean.

Tile can be pretty and it's water-resistant; we tiled our sunroom. Depending on the tile, it can be warmer than linoleum, although it's likely cooler than carpet. But then, tile can be sunwarmed...

Still, there is just something special about wood. I love wood — wood floors; wood furniture; unpainted, unvarnished, lightly treated (oiled) wood; even things that have the appearance of wood (though I draw the line at most wood-grain wall paneling products :) ...
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Linoleum, Carpet, Wood, or Tile? ( in category Random Thoughts ) - posted at Tue, 24 Feb, 09:55 Pacific

Monday February 23, 2004

Treasures 2004_08

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, things that make me feel happy or thankful or interested, things that are worth remembering. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words.

I gather my treasures through out the week. Please feel free to start your own lists of Treasures on your own weblog or here in the comments.

My treasures for the past week include

  • Our new kitchen/dining room flooring, which we have installed ourselves. It's so pretty; I almost hate to walk on it!

  • Getting through the worst of our flooring project without breaking anything, getting hurt, or making any really egregious mistakes that needed to be unmade.

  • How glad I am that the storm (and the 4-hour power failure) was on Tuesday, a day after we spent the holiday weekend working on the new floor (with power tools!) for 9 hours each day!

  • Rich commented that I walked up to the 4th floor of a parking garage "just like that". The stair-stepper must be doing its job!

  • Raven skittering on the new floor as he tries to get going into a run. He's having a blast.

  • The molding strips, which look great; the new rugs; the new location for the water bottle dispenser; the whole re-do in general. It all looks so NICE.
Treasures 2004_08 ( in category Treasures ) - posted at Mon, 23 Feb, 22:33 Pacific

Monday February 23, 2004

Art Journals

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If you're interested in journals, especially in art journals, I've found some great sites to recommend.

I recently discovered Karen Winter's illustrated online journal, "Random Acts of Inkness - art journaling, writing, and other nonsense". Unlike many online journals, Karen's site features scans of her paper journal in which she draws as well as writes. The page shown here is one I especially enjoyed! Karen also posts to a "regular" weblog called "The Creative Journey" (with pointers and links to the illustrated version) .

Another illustrated journal is Keri Smith's "Wish Jar Journal". This one is full of fun text and interesting little stories, richly illustrated by colorful sketches. Where many people would include photographs, Keri includes sketches. Be sure to read the text too!

For something slightly different, try "Trumpetvine", a site "dedicated to the study, appreciation, and promotion of personal sketching to enhance our travel logs, illustrated journals, nature diaries, art projects and more". Or surf over to "Bea's Diary", a pictorial journal done in a whimsical, cartoon style.

Last, but not least, I must recommend Danny Gregory's "Everyday Matters". I found the aforementioned sites, as well as several others, via Danny's blogroll,. Danny is a fellow member of the Purple Ink journalling mailing list. He's recently started his own list group called everydaymatters, an "ongoing discussion about creativity, drawing, journal making and seeing more clearly". The group has acquired 301 members since its inception on Feb; 17 (only 5 days ago!)

Art Journals ( in category Gemisch/Gallimaufry ) - posted at Mon, 23 Feb, 00:36 Pacific

Sunday February 22, 2004

A Little Bit Crazy

[ Today's writing prompt from Purple Ink, an eList for Journallers. If you keep an online (or offline) journal, consider joining Purple Ink. ]

Part of being sane, is being a little bit crazy.
    -- Janet Long

List the ways you are just a little bit crazy.

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A Little Bit Crazy ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Sun, 22 Feb, 18:32 Pacific

Saturday February 21, 2004

Harry and Harriet do Baseboard Molding

Harry did most of the work this time.

We've almost got the kitchen and dining room project finished. There's one strip of molding under the sink (toe space) and the part behind the fridge to do yet. Actually, the part behind the fridge was done first, but we decided to change the style of molding (and go with a style that is 3/16 thicker) so "we" (i.e. Rich, channeling Harry Homeowner :-) will pull the fridge forward and replace the three strips behind it... sometime... r.s.n.... possibly tomorrow but no promises. ...
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Harry and Harriet do Baseboard Molding ( in category Trivial Pursuits ) - posted at Sat, 21 Feb, 23:59 Pacific

Saturday February 21, 2004

Breaking the Rules

[ Today's writing prompt from Purple Ink, an eList for Journallers. If you keep an online (or offline) journal, consider joining Purple Ink. ]

List 20 rules you've broken.

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Breaking the Rules ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Sat, 21 Feb, 15:37 Pacific

Friday February 20, 2004

The Magnificent Truth

[ Today's writing prompt from Purple Ink, an eList for Journallers. If you keep an online (or offline) journal, consider joining Purple Ink. ]

Every night at bedtime, say this prayer:
God, help me accept the truth about myself, no matter how magnificent it is.
    — Rhonda Hull, Ph.D.

What is the magnificent truth about yourself?

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The Magnificent Truth ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Fri, 20 Feb, 11:40 Pacific

Friday February 20, 2004

On a Perfect Day...

[ Yesterday's writing prompt from Purple Ink, an eList for Journallers. If you keep an online (or offline) journal, consider joining Purple Ink. ]

How would your day go if it went perfectly?

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On a Perfect Day... ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Fri, 20 Feb, 11:35 Pacific

Thursday February 19, 2004

Three More Questions

[ My responses to the other half of last week's writing prompts from Purple Ink, an eList for Journallers. If you keep an online (or offline) journal, consider joining Purple Ink. ]

Cartoon Characters
List your favorite cartoon characters.

Personality Trait
Name the personality trait you have tried hardest to change in yourself.

Childhood Books
Name your favorite book from childhood. ...
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Three More Questions ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Thu, 19 Feb, 10:33 Pacific

Thursday February 19, 2004

Thursday Threesome: Serendipity

[ Today's meme is courtesy of Thursday Threesome ]
::Serendipity: Making fortunate discoveries by accident::

Onesome: Serendipity:-- Do you believe in destiny?

Twosome: Making fortunate discoveries-- What is your greatest "find"? Is it an antique you discovered tucked away at a garage sale? Or maybe something as simple as the great sale on khakis or lawn mowers at your favorite store?

Threesome: by accident-- Have you ever discovered a place entirely by accident and it's become a favourite place to go now? A hidden grove in the city park, a wonderful little coffee shop or restaurant, a treasure trove of a shop?

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Thursday Threesome: Serendipity ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Thu, 19 Feb, 10:29 Pacific

Wednesday February 18, 2004

Three Questions

[ My responses to three writing prompts from this week on Purple Ink, an eList for Journallers. If you keep an online (or offline) journal, consider joining Purple Ink. ]

Name Five Things...
Name five things in your refrigerator/freezer.
Name five things in your pantry.
Name five things under your kitchen sink.
Name five things around your computer.
Name five things in your medicine cabinet.

Handling Change
Sometimes we spend a lot of time and energy resisting change in our lives. Many of us don't like change...we prefer to keep things comfortable. But change is necessary for personal growth. How well do you deal with change? Do you try to keep things simple and routine in your life or do you love the challenge of new things?

Bad Ideas
What are three things you wish were never invented? ...
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Three Questions ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Wed, 18 Feb, 21:19 Pacific

Wednesday February 18, 2004

My Two Cents

Do you have opinions on today's issues? Do you write Letters to the Editor? Do you wish there were easier ways of making your voice heard? Do you wish someone would ask for your thoughts and comments on local or political issues?

Spouse and self may soon have a chance to do just that, through a program at the San Francisco Chronicle called "Two Cents".

We got involved this way... ...
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My Two Cents ( in category Trivial Pursuits ) - posted at Wed, 18 Feb, 14:03 Pacific

Tuesday February 17, 2004

Harry and Harriet Homeowner Do Laminate Flooring!

When we bought our house, it was not a fixer-upper. There were only a few things about it we wanted to change right at the beginning (such as the one wall of really ugly wall paper in the living room that came done the very next weekend). We've made some improvements over the years, but nothing major was required at the outset. AUT_2363

However, when we moved in, the kitchen and dining area were covered with cheap (thin, fuzzy, foam-backed, no pile) industrial carpeting. Now, carpet in a kitchen isn't a very good idea. First we had one major spill - chicken broth :-( - and then we discovered that the ice maker in the fridge was leaking. So up came the carpet in that area and down went "temporary" vinyl tile squares.

Over more time, the carpet and its foam backing material parted company, so the carpet in the dining area kept suffering "slippage". Chair legs would push it and tear a hole. Eventually, about 4 years ago, we tore out most of the carpet (except for under one or two heavy pieces of furniture) and scraped up the foam backing which was stuck to the linoleum flooring underneath. It was a nasty job but eventually accomplished. Then we lived with an ugly but very serviceable linoleum floor (ugly because it was still coated with a very thin layer of glue and grey foam dust).

Finally, this year, Rich has a good contract and we decided to re-floor the kitchen and dining room area. We chose Armstrong wood look laminate, in snap-lock boards.

This being a three-day weekend (what with President's Day on Monday) we decided to embark upon the kitchen/dining room reflooring project Saturday through Monday. ...
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Harry and Harriet Homeowner Do Laminate Flooring! ( in category Trivial Pursuits ) - posted at Tue, 17 Feb, 23:22 Pacific

Monday February 16, 2004

Four Questions

[ My responses to four writing prompts from last week on Purple Ink, an eList for Journallers. If you keep an online (or offline) journal, consider joining Purple Ink. ]

Unrequited
If you could have returned the love of someone you rejected in the past, who would it be?

Cityscape
If you were to pick a city which best represents your personality, which would you choose?

Hobbies
List your hobbies.

Word Use
If you could prevent someone you know from overusing one word, what would the word be? ...
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Four Questions ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Mon, 16 Feb, 20:58 Pacific

Monday February 16, 2004

Treasures 2004_07

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, things that make me feel happy or thankful or interested, things that are worth remembering. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words.

I gather my treasures through out the week. Please feel free to start your own lists of Treasures on your own weblog or here in the comments. ...
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Treasures 2004_07 ( in category Treasures ) - posted at Mon, 16 Feb, 09:32 Pacific

Sunday February 15, 2004

I've Been to Georgia and California...

[ Today's meme is courtesy of Past, Present, Future Round 52. This is the last round for this meme; however, as I didn't start until round 41 or 42, I'll probably go back and pick up some that I missed. ]
PAST: Where have you been?

PRESENT: Where are you now?

FUTURE: Where are you going?

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I've Been to Georgia and California... ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Sun, 15 Feb, 12:36 Pacific

Saturday February 14, 2004

Candy Box Memories

Hearts Gladness is... thinking back to special times and fondly remembered moments.

When I was growing up, Valentines Day was a special day in our family. My Dad would stop by the candy shop (I can still remember the smell of that candy shop!) and buy an assortment of candies - burnt peanuts, Jordan almonds, non parels, cinnamon hearts, chocolate-covered peanuts, toffee squares. mints, M&Ms, all sorts of things, most of them small (the diameter of a quarter or less). The store packaged these in little white paper bags.

Then Dad brought the candy home and parceled it out into three small heart-shaped cardboard boxes, saved from year to year - one for my Mom, one for my sister, and one for me. After dinner on Valentines Day, we'd be presented with the boxes. Oh, how I loved that little box of candy treats, always the same yet always a bit different from year to year. I'd savor each little piece (I was the kid whose Halloween candy lasted to Christmas, Christmas candy to Valentines Day...)

Another family tradition was the Valentine's Day cards. There would usually be one or two new cards but the best cards were saved from year to year and brought out again for the occasion. It was always great fun to see the cards again. We did the same trick with Father's Day and Mother's Day cards, as well as some birthday cards. A good card should be saved and appreciated!

This year my sweetie and I are low-carbing and weight-reducing and that means no candy. So Rich presented me with a "virtual" box of candy. As it was entirely imaginary, I got to imagine what was inside it. I just know it held burnt peanuts, Jordan almonds, non parels, cinnamon hearts, chocolate-covered peanuts, toffee squares. mints, M&Ms... Ummmmmmm.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Candy Box Memories ( in category Treasures ) - posted at Sat, 14 Feb, 11:00 Pacific

Friday February 13, 2004

Friday The 13th

...Friday the 13th, black cats, broken mirrors, spilled salt,
wishing wells, shooting stars, horseshoes, four-leaf clovers,
a rabbit's foot, 7 years of luck (good or bad)...

The Friday 5 for this week discusses... (Doo DOO Doo doooo) superstitions!

  1. Are you superstitious?
  2. What extremes have you heard of someone going to in the name of superstition?
  3. Believer or not, what's your favorite superstition?
  4. Do you believe in luck? If yes, do you have a lucky number/article of clothing/ritual?
  5. Do you believe in astrology? Why or why not?
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Friday The 13th ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Fri, 13 Feb, 13:23 Pacific

Thursday February 12, 2004

Sweet Happy Life

[ The fourth and last of my responses to last week's writing prompts from Purple Ink, an eList for Journallers. If you keep an online (or offline) journal, consider joining Purple Ink. ]

Sweet Happy Life

Sort of a continuation of yesterday's prompt:
There is a lot of drudgery, tediousness, and repetition in daily life. There are plenty of things that all of us have to do in the course of a day or week that are absolutely no fun at all. Life shouldn‚t necessarily be one big barrel of laughs, but at the same time, it‚s important that we not get weighed down by the endlessness of it all.

How do you rise above the dailiness? What techniques do you use to help yourself face down that hypothetical tower of dirty dishes? How do you diffuse the unpleasantness of certain things that you have to deal with in your life? Share some of the things that you do to make daily life a little sweeter.

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Sweet Happy Life ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Thu, 12 Feb, 13:22 Pacific

Thursday February 12, 2004

Ignorance is Bliss

[ The third of my responses to last week's writing prompts from Purple Ink, an eList for Journallers. If you keep an online (or offline) journal, consider joining Purple Ink. ]

Ignorance is Bliss

...if a woman was to see all the dishes that she had to wash before she died, piled up before her in one pile, she'd lie down and die right then and there.
- Aunt Jane of Kentucky, "Anonymous Was a Woman"

What knowledge are you glad you didn't have at the time?
What part of your future are you thankful that you couldn't envision as a child?
What aspects of daily life would have made you "lie down and die right then and there" had you but known?

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Ignorance is Bliss ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Thu, 12 Feb, 13:21 Pacific

Wednesday February 11, 2004

Spring has Sprung

It's SPRING in Central Coastal (aka SF Bay Area) California!

Spring Spring, beautiful Spring! I love Springtime!

The ornamental plums are starting to pop out in PINK blossoms.
Last weekend I actually saw a small patch of daffodils.
And there was pine pollen all over the car this morning.

The weather forecasts calls for highs in the 60's.
Yes indeedydoo it's SPRING.

Finally :-)

AUT_1775
Spring has Sprung ( in category Random Thoughts ) - posted at Wed, 11 Feb, 12:25 Pacific

Tuesday February 10, 2004

Finding Your Own Style

[ The second of my responses to last week's writing prompts from Purple Ink, an eList for Journallers. If you keep an online (or offline) journal, consider joining Purple Ink. ]

Finding Your Own Style

I received the latest issue of WireWoman's "Lurpl" zine this weekend. Plenty of great ideas in there, as usual, but there was one thing in particular that I‚ve been thinking about since I read it. With any kind of creative venture, most of us have a tendency to seek out every book, website, magazine, and other resource we can find on the subject. We like examples and full color photographs. We try some or all of the techniques we come across. The problem is (at least, for me), that it becomes very easy to get wrapped up in these other people's styles.

How do you keep the scale tipped on the side of Inspiration instead of Imitation? What is your take on what WW calls "Buying The Book"? Whether you keep "art journals" or regular journals, do you like to read up on the subject or do you prefer to keep outside influence to a minimum? If the former, how do you stretch beyond the how-to books and come up with something that is truly yours (describe or show us some examples if you can)? If the latter, why?

Does anyone else suffer from inspiration overload? When it comes to diaries and journals of any kind, I tend to keep the how-to books to a minimum and avoid the magazines altogether. I just can't take it. My brain completely absorbs the stuff from the "experts"and the "real" artists, and I end up in one or both of the above two situations.

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Finding Your Own Style ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Tue, 10 Feb, 20:37 Pacific

Tuesday February 10, 2004

Desire

[ The first of my responses to last week's writing prompts from Purple Ink, an eList for Journallers. If you keep an online (or offline) journal, consider joining Purple Ink. ]

Desire

Even though the holidays are over, what's on your wish list? What material things are you drooling over right now? Why?

Speaking of material things, what is your gratification policy? Do you try to get what you want as soon as possible or do you prefer to take your time before acquiring new things? Why? What cultural, environmental, spiritual, and/or familial elements shape your policy?

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Desire ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Tue, 10 Feb, 20:37 Pacific

Monday February 9, 2004

Circle of Words - #6

Circle of Words is a weekly set of questions that are somewhat personal, spiritual, and will explore your inner most thoughts and feelings. Hopefully these questions will provide you with a little bit of personal therapy and allow your readers a little peek inside your soul.

Rendezvous with the Authentic Archaeologist

We cannot kindle when we will
The fire that in the heart resides
The spirit bloweth and is still
In mystery our soul abides.

-Matthew Arnold

Pretend you are an archaeologist and you are going back examining your own life. How many layers would there be? Meaning how many different people would you say you were... sure all of us were once a baby..then toddler...and so on...but at what point can you remember being a certain "someone" and than someday that certain "someone" evolved into another "someone". Different stages in our lives directly cause us to develop into a certain person that may not have been the same as the one before? How many layers do you have...and describe them the best you can. ...
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Circle of Words - #6 ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Mon, 09 Feb, 11:34 Pacific

Monday February 9, 2004

Sense of Self

[ Today's meme is courtesy of Saturday Senses ]

This week, I would like to make you all think about specific abilities we have through our senses, that we usually take for granted. The reason I want to do this is because since I started this meme, I had in mind that not everyone in the world can see and hear, etc, so I thought I´d call your attention to the subtleties that our senses allow us to perceive in our everyday life that we wouldn´t be able to perceive if part of our senses (or one sense completelly) was taken away from us. I hope you enjoy thinking about this.
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Sense of Self ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Mon, 09 Feb, 10:38 Pacific

Sunday February 8, 2004

Cat Naps with Nap Cats

Hearts Gladness is... napping with cats

Cats are highly skilled professional nappers, expert in their field. Even infant kittens are highly skilled at napping. If we could all but take lessons from cats, how much more relaxed we would be.

I am but a promising (though sincere) student, eager to learn from my oh so skilled feline sensei. I study at their fluffy feet...

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Cat Naps with Nap Cats ( in category Treasures ) - posted at Sun, 08 Feb, 22:45 Pacific

Sunday February 8, 2004

Treasures 2004_06

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, things that make me feel happy or thankful or interested, things that are worth remembering. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words.

I gather my treasures through out the week. Please feel free to start your own lists of Treasures on your own weblog or here in the comments. ...
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Treasures 2004_06 ( in category Treasures ) - posted at Sun, 08 Feb, 22:24 Pacific

Saturday February 7, 2004

Catch a Phrase

[ Today's meme is courtesy of Past, Present, Future Round 51 ]
PAST: Pick a memorable catchprase or classic utterance from your youth. And, of course, share it with the class.

PRESENT: What's a catchphrase that you probably use just a bit too often nowadays?

FUTURE: Give us a bit of something for the ages. Give us a saying, catchphrase or silly bit of verbage that you'd love to see enter the cultural lexicon.

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Catch a Phrase ( in category Memes & Prompts , Verbatim ) - posted at Sat, 07 Feb, 22:47 Pacific

Saturday February 7, 2004

Make Your Motor Cortex Dance

"Brain areas that are used to perform an action are also needed to comprehend words related to that action," ... "Remarkably, just the reading of feet-related action words such as dance makes [the motor cortex] move its 'feet.'"

[cf "The Brain's Word Act: Reading verbs revs up motor cortex areas", by Bruce Bower, in Science News, week of Feb 7, 2004

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Make Your Motor Cortex Dance ( in category SciTech , Special Interests ) - posted at Sat, 07 Feb, 11:05 Pacific

Friday February 6, 2004

Risky Business

The Friday 5 for this week is all about risk. It's another set I initially considered not doing; then I figured I would answer.. but in my own inimitable fashion :-)

  1. What's the most daring thing you've ever done?
  2. What one thing would you like to try that your mother/friend/significant other would never approve of?
  3. On a scale of 1-10, what's your risk factor? (1=never take risks, 10=it's a lifestyle)
  4. What's the best thing that's ever happened to you as a result of being bold/risky?
  5. ... and what's the worst?
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Risky Business ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Fri, 06 Feb, 14:54 Pacific

Friday February 6, 2004

Anyone Can Miss a Day

[ Today's meme is courtesy of Thursday Threesome ]
::Anyone can miss a Day:: (from a comment from one of dan's readers)

Onesome: Anyone-- Has anyone made an impression on you lately? No, not on the national level, but at work or school or just 'around'. ...or even here on the web?

Twosome: can Miss-- Speaking of webbish things (and of course we are !), what types of things do you take a miss on at your place and chose not to post about? Just curious...

Threesome: -- On a similar note: do you post every day? ...or just whenever? ...or is every session at the computer a spur to work up a little something?

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Anyone Can Miss a Day ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Fri, 06 Feb, 00:05 Pacific

Thursday February 5, 2004

One Reason I Live in Central Coastal California

WinterTimeRoad

A friend sent this photo, taken in the Oswego area (near Syracuse, NY).

They call the San Francisco Bay Area, "Northern" California. It's not really northern California. It snows in northern California — it snows up around Tahoe and north into the Sierras. It snows a lot up there; they build ski resorts to showcase the snow. However, we choose not to drive up there in the winter (come to think of it, we don't go up there in the summer either, but I digress). We've decided we don't "do" chains :-)

Here in beautiful Bay Area California, however, the closest we get to snow is that sometimes we can see a little on Mount Diablo ( due east across the Bay out our kitchen windows). The summit on Mt. Diablo is 3,849 feet; a few days ago the snow level was down to 3000 feet. But our house is only a few hundred feet above sea level and we don't see much snow around here. Certainly not like the snow in the photo.

Nevertheless, this photo invokes a feeling of Deja Vu for me. ...
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One Reason I Live in Central Coastal California ( in category Random Thoughts ) - posted at Thu, 05 Feb, 12:22 Pacific

Wednesday February 4, 2004

Circle of Words - #5

Circle of Words is a weekly set of questions that are somewhat personal, spiritual, and will explore your inner most thoughts and feelings. Hopefully these questions will provide you with a little bit of personal therapy and allow your readers a little peek inside your soul.

Creating an Authentic Lifestyle for Yourself and Those You Love

It's a funny thing about life: if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.
-Somerset Maugham

1. Most people can learn to live without certain things in life. Patience allows you to wait gracefully and gratefully for the best to arrive and you know it will. Can you think back to any moment in your life where you thought something in particular would never come...and finally it did? If you think about it, whatever that thing was that finally did happen (or you did receive) was all because of choices that you made. What if you would have made a different choice than what you did...where do you think you would be today? ...
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Circle of Words - #5 ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Wed, 04 Feb, 15:27 Pacific

Wednesday February 4, 2004

Yogurt Making 101

girmiyoI bought a yogurt maker the other day. It looks easy enough to use. The maker comes with 7 too-cute little pear-shaped glass jars with plastic lids for storing in the fridge.

The instructions couldn't be much simpler. Start with 5 TBsp of natural unflavored yogurt (I bought Brown Cow whole-milk yogurt, not bad for plain yogurt) and 1 qt. of milk. Mix together, beat out the lumps, divide among the jars, set them in the machine, cover and plug it in. Come back in 6 to 10 hours. Then unplug, cover the jars and refrigerate for at last an hour.

I started the batch at 8:30 this morning so..... about 6:30 tonight we'll see what's what. ...
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Yogurt Making 101 ( in category Trivial Pursuits ) - posted at Wed, 04 Feb, 09:16 Pacific

Tuesday February 3, 2004

Catch and Release - for Books

The goal of BookCrossing.com is to "make the whole world a library", says founder Ron Hornbaker (a partner in Humankind Systems, a software and internet development company). "When people read something they like, their first impulse is to share it".

Sharing books (anonymously and freely) is the whole point of BookCrossing.

What is BookCrossing, you ask? It's a global book club that crosses time and space. It's a reading group that knows no geographical boundaries. Do you like free books? How about free book clubs?. Well, the books our members leave in the wild are free ... but it's the act of freeing books that points to the heart of BookCrossing.

But BookCrossing isn't just about leaving a book on a park bench for someone else to pick up and read (although it is about that, too!). At BookCrossing.com you'll also find book reviews, recommendations, and reader ratings. Each time a book changes hands, BookCrossing members can leave journal entries telling the world of their experiences.

BookCrossing.com gives you "a simple way to share books with the world, and follow their paths forevermore!" ...
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Catch and Release - for Books ( in category Books, Movies, Music ) - posted at Tue, 03 Feb, 23:30 Pacific

Monday February 2, 2004

180 Degrees of Separation

There's an interesting meme making the rounds. It (usually) has 100 questions (although I found a spur with 50). It starts with a list of statements about the person whose blog it's on. The rules are:
  1. Copy the whole list into your journal/diary/blog.
  2. Bold only the things that you have in common with the original poster.
  3. Whatever you didn't bold, replace with things about you.
It's an interesting meme in that it can morph at an incredibly rapid rate. I tried to track it to its source; it was easier to find the source of the Nile! I think the meme must have started spontaneously from a few people who created "100 Things About me" lists... and other people used those as starter sets, creating a meme. ...
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180 Degrees of Separation ( in category Memes & Prompts , Trivial Pursuits ) - posted at Mon, 02 Feb, 17:03 Pacific

Monday February 2, 2004

Treasures 2004_05

Treasures are positive things that strike my fancy, things that make me feel happy or thankful or interested, things that are worth remembering. Treasures are memories encapsulated in just a few words.

Please feel free to start your own lists of Treasures on your own weblog or here in the comments.

My treasures for the past week include ...
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Treasures 2004_05 ( in category Treasures ) - posted at Mon, 02 Feb, 00:14 Pacific

Sunday February 1, 2004

Share Where - World66

World66 calls itself "the largest open content travel guide on the internet" where "Open Content means that YOU can also contribute contents, writing articles or drawing maps!" ...
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Share Where - World66 ( in category Odd Corners ) - posted at Sun, 01 Feb, 15:21 Pacific

Sunday February 1, 2004

Birthday Memories

[ I was the Writing Prompter for this week on Purple Ink. Here are the last two prompts for this week. ]

Saturday: It's your day to celebrate
When you were growing up, were birthdays treated specially? What made them special?

Sunday: I remember one year...
Do any of your birthdays stand out in your mind as being particularly memorable? What made them memorable? ...
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Birthday Memories ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Sun, 01 Feb, 08:59 Pacific

Sunday February 1, 2004

"Roll 'em" gets a new meaning!

The future of e-paper and rollable displays gets closer.

In a major step toward electronic paper that works like a computer monitor yet feels and behaves like a page of a book, researchers in the Netherlands have made electronic-ink displays on flexible plastic sheets.
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"Roll 'em" gets a new meaning! ( in category SciTech ) - posted at Sun, 01 Feb, 07:35 Pacific