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Sunday, August 10, 2008

writing on Blogit: Comment and Critique

Although this is presented as a writer's site, it seems to me it is much more prevalently a social site, where relationships of various degrees of substance develop, and pseudorelationships are played at. There are a lot more strokes offered than actual critique, which makes it encouraging to write,... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

If your heart is sore or weary, go here for a healing!

Or if you are into nature, cats, or just plain love! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adYbFQFXG0U My daughter recommended this, and it brought the best sort of tears to my eyes! Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Being good enough

There are so many great dog trainers! There's the Whisperer, Cesar Milan, and Victoria Stillwell, the dog dominatrix who probably leaves some of the humans wishing she would give them bits of chicken, too... There is Patricial McConell, the animal behaviorist who's book THE OTHER END OF THE LEASH I... Sign in to see full entry.

Responding to Kaboom

Kaboom has written a couple of very moving posts in her blog regarding the anniversaries of the nuclear bombing of Japan. http://www.blogit.com/Blogs/Blog.aspx/KaBooMuses/ My father was in the Pacific in WWII and was just weeks away from being part of the second wave of American soldiers onto the... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

The difference between humans and animals...

It used to be easy: Man is more than an animal because he makes and uses tools; uses language; makes war on and hunts his own kind; reasons and remembers; laughs; loves; is motivated by altruism... In the past few decades we have come to know that not one of these things--not even several of them... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, August 4, 2008

For Troosha

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Is this even possible?

A 'Family Tree' of Blogiteers? Who is related to whom, in the real-world...? Who's whose buddy? Special branches for the likes o' Kabu and Wiley... with curtains. Parentheses for those who get a regular mention by a blogger, but not themselves bloggering here... Nature of the relationship,... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Here we go again...

It's an old story: We all have two beasts in our yard. One is angry and resentful, fearful, defensive, selfish, mean-spirited, prejudiced and judgemental, thoughtless of other's needs and feelings. The other is good-natured and loving, generous, patient and considerate, open-minded, optimistic,... Sign in to see full entry.

A word in your ears, Darlings!

There seems to be a new trend on Blogit, a trend towards extravagant endearments that are wholly unwarranted, coming in comments from other Blogiteers I barely know, and whom I know don't know me. I can't speak for anyone else, but I find it a bit off-putting. Sometimes more than a bit. Friendship... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The story of the story--part 2

The young guy and I each wrote our characters, and mingled their stories together. It was great fun at times--we'd have brain-storming sessions and come up with some great ideas, and one notion always led to another and another... We each came up with other side characters--if you're reading what... Sign in to see full entry.

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