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Sunday, January 28th, 2007

Part of the problem is having diverse interests and a brain that struggles to synthesize them into a whole. My thoughts are often chaotic, as are my written notes, and I obsess about finding a continuity. Well, after all, there’s a connection being made somewhere in my mind or I wouldn’t have thought it! But sometimes it takes a while for all those cognitions to come together like jigsaw puzzle pieces and make a coherent picture.

So I’m trying to lean on that old saying ‘A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds’ and learn to share the flow with all of you. This hasn’t been easy, probably because I’ve been too careful. I’m learning that I can’t review everything and integrate all changes in advance because you bring so much to the dialogue.

And as I try to be concise, I run the risk of obscuring what I mean. Especially when there are hoards of non-thinkers swimming the Web like piranha waiting to attack the use of a word they don’t like or with which they have past associations that aren’t what I intended at all. So for those of you who like to think and consider, thank you for your patience! And know that your feedback and comments help me refine the ideas behind the words.

Part of my world view and my resulting thought process is that there are so many things I recommend, that I often don’t know where to begin. It’s an eclectic sampler because any change we make in the way we think, feel, or act involves adjustments in other areas. ‘Life style’ changes are just that; they change the characteristics of our everyday lives on many levels, from the mundane to the sacred. So besides suggesting everyday activities, I’d also suggest researching the many levels below them.

There are basic web sites that will give you background on many of the things I write about. For example, www.webmd.com gives good background on medical issues, and www.nami.org gives good information on mental health issues specifically. For practical suggestions (he calls it ‘personal development for smart people.’) www.stevepavlina.com often has great ideas. I check out his web site as often as I do the other two.

But I also visit www.historychannel.com and www.nationalgeographic.com because I know that stretching my mind to understand other people in other times and places. And I can find fascinating new research to learn about and wonderful places to visit. I love www.culture.gouv.fr/culture/arcnat/lascaux/en/index3.html where you can walk through the cave art with a flashlight.

My taste in books is just as varied. Jared Diamond’s books Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societiesand Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeedhelp me to have a new, the perspective things are on why today way they are today, as does Charles Mann’s 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus. Understanding ourselves by understanding our history is as important as it is in psychotherapy, where understanding where you learned your beliefs and habits are essential to deciding if you want to change them.

That’s just a glimpse of some of the things I like. Some time soon I’ll have to share some of my favorite movies and what I learn from them. And then there’s the category of Books I Haven’t Read Yet But Wish I Could. Are you sure you want to hear them all?

Whoops! Temporary lapse in communication!

Sunday, January 14th, 2007

Oh no! Temporary lapse in communication! I sincerely apologize!

No, of course I didn’t just forget! It’s just that blogging is a whole new genre, and one which leaves few protective screens between the writer and the reader. I’m still adapting to a new century and new technology. When I had a weekly column, or wrote books, there was always an editor around to make excuses for those times when the unexpected hit hard. Now it’s just you and me, and I have only myself to blame and to explain.

All in all, the transparency is heartening. Knowing you missed me, knowing that the lapse was noticed, was actually a positive thing. It taught me what a tremendous dialogue we’ve started together. I promise I won’t forget. And I won’t shut you out again. Sharing with you has definitely become a vital part of my life!

Beyond the usual delays of learning a new technology and getting into a new rhythm, the last six weeks has been chaotic far beyond the usual hectic, eclectic mosaic of my life. Foot surgery, family visits during the holidays, and an abscessed tooth all hit around the same time, combining with an office relocation and a down computer for days. And then there’s number of other continuing factors that I’ll get to go into at length sometime in the future. (Aha! A mystery with resolution to be anticipated!)

It’s not that I didn’t log. I wrote in my journal almost every day, a thousand topics exploding. But getting it typed and edited; ah, that’s the rub! So you and I together can deal with New Year’s resolutions that need to be re-visited, and learning how not to avoid work that needs to be done. Oh yes! I try nearly every technique before I recommend it to you. If I don’t use it myself, it’s definitely a tip that has worked for someone else who shared it with me.

Sharing is the name of the game! So join me again. And know you have my thanks and my delight in your patience with a very human being!

Blogging

Saturday, October 21st, 2006

My middle son teaches me a lot. All my sons teach me a lot about living in the 21st century! He certainly taught me a lot about blogging. He pointed out that it was just journaling shared with others. He said ‘You journal everyday, Mom’ As I paused to let the reality sink in and doors open in my mind, he paused and said, ‘By the way, why?’Good Morning, the world has changed cartoon.

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