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Archive for January, 2009

I have just spent the last hour following little juicy tidbits through link after link, blog after blog… I am just so in love with blogging! If you should come across this page, and are considering starting blogging, take one little piece of advice I might offer as a veteran-less-than-six-month-old-blogger_hahahaha… COMMENT! I was just blogging to the air until I actually figured that out. Comments are the new forums… not that forums are dead… it is just that comments are so FUN!

Here are some reads from this evening… I can in NO WAY link them all! But I will definitely pay attention in the future! I find a lot of them through my lovely tweeps on Twitter these days! And through other blogs!

Jungle of Life (Lance) Lance is a classic… he is also a great commenter…is there a word for that? Is it commentator?

ISayUSay (Henie) Henie is a new blogger and definitely worth her salt. Also into photography.

Dreambuilders Australia (Liara) Liara’s collection is HUGE. You could get lost in here. Very metaphysical and health oriented. Fun.

Mommy Mystic (Lisa Erickson) What a joy! Lisa wrote about Gangagi in this post.

Tongue in Cheek (Corey) I normally stick to blogs about health and metaphysical, but there is something about this one that I just love. Maybe it is the decorator in me? Maybe the world traveller… whatever the case, Corey is a treat.

About.com Holistic Healing (Phylameana) OK, I may be really looking green here, but I just LOVE the idea of a carnival. Such brilliance! This woman is the Master of Blogging Carnivals!

These are just a FEW that stood out to me today! Have a great week everyone! And don’t forget to LEAVE A COMMENT!

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Jefferson Memorial by MShades on Flickr

Jefferson Memorial by MShades on Flickr

I am sure that the blogosphere is just flooded this week in posts about Obama, but how can we help ourselves? I didn’t get to see his speech at the time he made it, but I watched it online when I got home from work. Fantastic. We don’t currently have a working television in our home, but I would be tempted to set one up JUST to watch this guy lead our country.

Throughout my life, I have always had a disdain for politics. Not because I didn’t like it or didn’t believe in what politics meant, but because it was just NEVER RIGHT. It never fit my ideal of what it is supposed to be and it was just too disappointing to watch or get into it.

When I was about fifteen, I saw the movie, “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” and I cried. I cried because I knew that was what we as a country wanted for ourselves and we could never find it. Our country’s ideals are just so beautiful and they’ve laid fallow in a wasteland of greed and “what’s in it for me?” for so long that we have forgotten what we stand for. This Spring, I was in Washington DC for the Cherry Festival and I read the walls in the Jefferson Memorial. At the time, Obama was fighting for his nomination for Presidency with Hillary Clinton and I was moved by these words:

“I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.”

Here we had two very pioneering people (Hillary and Obama) pushing our nation to change it ways. Change was inevitable.

I guess what it comes down to with my ideal version of government is HOW WE LEAD. Where are we going? For so long now, so long that the grounds between the Capitol and the Washington Monument were filled during the Inauguration Speech…for so long now, we have been lost as a nation. In the past, our leaders have been chosen for reasons other than what is truly leadership. A handshake here, a promise there….B-O-R-I-N-G! More than just boring and uninspiring, but downright detrimental to who we have become. Our choice of leadership is a token representation of who we ARE as a nation. And who have we been? If you stop and think about it, have we even been conscious of it… EVER? Not in my lifetime. Not until Obama. Obama brings us back. He asks us to wake up and take a direction. He inspires all of us to take a look in our own lives to where we are going because that is only a microcosm of where we are going as a people. As a nation. Yeah, I am proud. If that man who stood on those hallowed grounds yesterday and spoke with such reverence to our nation is a chosen representative for our people, I am proud of us. We are strong and we are a beautiful nation and I am happy to be a part of it. Thank you, Obama, for helping us see ourselves better and for leading us back to our goal.

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Tarot Tag

Tarot - Old Gypsy Caravan by Mark Hillary on Flickr

Tarot - Old Gypsy Caravan by Mark Hillary on Flickr

I saw a Twitter post by @TarotbyArwen and followed her link to find out what Tarot Tag was… turns out, it is something about listing seven things interesting about yourself.. or 25 things, not sure… I will stick to the seven as this is easier. (I suppose I can’t count laziness as something interesting about myself?)

So here goes… SEVEN things that are unique about me! If you are reading this, please either post seven things interesting about yourself in the comments or add a link to your seven things in the comments so we can pass it on!

  1. I read tarot cards, but in a very different way. I am not your “traditionalist” when it comes to tarot, I just look at the cards and say whatever comes into my mind. It can be pretty interesting sometimes!
  2. My fiance, Eric, and I are both internet junkies. We like to sit on our couch with our dueling laptops and play online, watch movies and generally waste a LOT of time just finding amazing people and links.
  3. When I was a kid, I used to have a book about how to survive in the wilderness. I would love to try doing that someday. Eric also had a similar idea growing up. Maybe we will live in the woods someday in a small hut.
  4. I love walking on the lakes in the wintertime, especially at night. I live near a quite large lake and it is very beautiful at night. I have also vowed to love winter more. Winter gets a bad rap!
  5. I live in a tiny house. It is little, cute and mine. We live in a great little neighborhood in the tiniest house around.
  6. When I walk in the woods, I can feel the energy of the trees. It is hard to explain it, but I can feel their beingness. It is pretty cool. I also get lost sometimes and it feels like they are trying to keep me there, but not in a scary way… in a good way.
  7. OK… last one. Alright, I am really good at Scrabble. When we were growing up, Mom used to always beat us and now that we are older, we are all pretty evenly matched. (My mom and my sisters and I.) When Eric met my family, he actually won a few games. I was impressed.

I know that this is a pretty basic list, reading through it, but I am just a pretty ordinary girl. It will be fun to see what others have written. Are you up for the challenge?

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I wrote a guest blog for Jenny Mannion this week. Rather than tell you what I said, here’s the link. Check it out!

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I read recently that one should focus their social networking on just one or two sites in order to be “visible” on the web for business. (I wish I had saved the page where I read that so I could give credit!) Anyways, so I was wondering… which network I would choose?

A few come to mind as my top favorites. Definitely Facebook would be amongst them. And Twitter. But then there are so many others! I also really love StumbleUpon. I find that StumbleUpon and Facebook really get the best quality links to my site. In other words, the people who visit my site from Facebook and StumbleUpon tend to stay a bit longer and browse a bit before leaving. I can tell because I use my Google Analytics to watch the behavior. But Twitter is also one of my favorites. I am not a frequent Tweeter, but it is a great way to meet people and pretty easy to use.

So since I decided that Twitter would be one of my top 5 (I cannot just do three!), I wanted to learn more about how to use it so I found a man named Dan Hollings (www.danhollings.com) who can be found on Twitter at @dhollings – Dan has some really cool stuff to help people use Twitter.

Dan is virtually a Twitter Genius…Here is a synopsis of some stuff he led me to for those with little time to follow links:

* Twittersplit – a cool concept that allows you to split your Twitter links so that the page displays a bit of your company as well as the link you intended
* Top 100 Twitter Tips – A very extensive list of tips for using Twitter
* Twitip – a website designed to give you tips for Twitter!
* Twitter Toolbar – download this toolbar to help you learn more about Twitter and some very cool links for those of not cool enough or knowledgeable enough to find our own!
* FriendorFollow.com – a website designed to help Twitterers figure out who is following who
Learn

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