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Blogging for Sanity

Apr. 27th, 2008 | 12:20 pm

We already know this, but it's official. The article came to my attention via the ALA newsletter. It is from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Science Online:

Blogging boosts your social life: research

By Claudine Ryan for ABC Science Online

Posted Mon Mar 3, 2008 4:23pm AEDT

Map: Melbourne 3000
Blogging can help you feel less isolated, more connected to a community and more satisfied with your friendships, both online and face-to-face, new Australian research has found.

The research, from Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, found after two months of regular blogging, people felt they had better social support and friendship networks than those who did not blog.

Researchers James Baker and Professor Susan Moore have written two papers investigating the psychological benefits of blogging, regularly updating personal web pages with information that invites others to comment.

The first, published in the latest issue of the journal CyberPsychology and Behaviour, compares the mental health of people intending to blog with that of people not planning to blog.

Moore says the researchers messaged 600 MySpace users personally and directed them to an online survey. A total of 134 completed the questionnaire - 84 intended to blog and 50 did not.

"We found potential bloggers were less satisfied with their friendships and they felt less socially integrated, they didn't feel as much part of a community as the people who weren't interested in blogging," Ms Moore said.

"They were also more likely to use venting or expressing your emotions as a way of coping.

"It was as if they were saying 'I'm going to do this blogging and it's going to help me'."

And it seemed to do the trick, as the researchers' second study shows.

This study, which is yet to be published, was conducted two months later.

The researchers sent out questionnaires to the same group of MySpace users - this time 59 responded.

Bloggers reported a greater sense of belonging to a group of like-minded people and feeling more confident they could rely on others for help.

All respondents, whether or not they blogged, reported feeling less anxious, depressed and stressed after two months of online social networking.

"So going onto MySpace had lifted the mood of all participants in some way," Ms Moore said.

"Maybe they'd just made more social connections."

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A thanksgiving message

Nov. 22nd, 2007 | 10:01 am

To be a human being is an honor, and we offer thanksgiving for all the gifts of life.
Mother Earth, we thank you for giving us everything we need.
Thank you, deep blue waters around Mother Earth, for you are the force that takes thirst away from all living things.
We give thanks to green grasses that feel so good against our bare feet, for the cool beauty you bring to Mother Earth's floor.
Thank you, good foods from Mother Earth, our life sustainers, for making us happy when we are hungry.
Fruits and berries we thank you for your color and sweetness.
We are all thankful to good medicine herbs, for healing us when we are sick.
Thank you, all the animals in the world, for keeping our precious forests clean.
All the trees in the world, we are thankful for the shade and warmth you give us.
Thank you, all the birds in the world, for singing your beautiful songs for all to enjoy.
We give thanks to you, gentle Four Winds, for bringing clean air for us to breathe from the four directions.
Thank you, Grandfather Thunder Beings, for bringing rains to help all living things grow.
Elder Brother Sun, we send thanks for shining your light and warming Mother Earth.
Thank you, Grandmother Moon, for growing full every month to light the darkness for children and sparkling waters.
We give thanks, twinkling stars, for making the night sky so beautiful and for sprinkling morning dew drops on the plants.
Spirit Protectors of our past and present, we thank you for showing us ways to live in peace and harmony with one another.
And most of all, thank you, Great Spirit, for giving us all these wonderful gifts, so we will be happy and healthy every day and every night.

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Meme Meme Meeeeee

Nov. 4th, 2007 | 09:00 pm

From fiona64 and nakedcomixguy
I'd like to get to know you better. Please just copy the questions and paste them, along with your answers, in replies to this thread. If you'd like to play along, paste this meme into your own journal so I can answer there.

01. Can you cook?
02. What was your dream growing up?
03. What talent do you wish you had?
04. If I bought you a drink what would it be?
05. Favorite vegetable?
06. What was the last book you read?
07. What zodiac sign are you ?
08. Any tattoos and/or piercings?
09. Worst habit?
10. If you saw me walking down the street would you offer me a ride?
11. What is your favorite sport?
12. Negative or optimistic attitude?
13. What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator with me?
14. Worst thing to ever happen to you?
15. Tell me one weird fact about you.
16. Do you have any pets?
17. What if I showed up at your house unexpectedly?
18. What was your first impression of me?
19. Do you think clowns are cute or scary?
20. If you could change one thing about how you look, what would it be?
21. Would you be my crime partner or my conscience?
22. What color eyes do you have?
23. Ever been arrested?
24. Bottle or draft?
25. If you won $10,000 today, what would you do with it?
26. Would you date me?
27. Where's your favorite place to hang out?
28. Do you believe in ghosts?
29. Favorite thing to do in your spare time?
30. Do you swear a lot?
31. Biggest pet peeve?
32. In one word, how would you describe yourself?
33. Do you believe in/appreciate romance?
34. If you could spend 12 hours with me and ask/do anything you like, what would it be?
35. Do you believe in God?
36. Will you repost this so I can fill it out and do the same?

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Marine poster boy

Oct. 24th, 2007 | 09:17 am

My nephew, Dan. Ain't he handsome?

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So long and thanks for all the fish

Oct. 21st, 2007 | 11:17 am

Which sci-fi crew would you best fit in with? (pics)
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You scored as Heart of Gold (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)

You are a light and humorous person. No one can help but to smile to your wit. Now if only the improbability drive would stop turning you into weird stuff.

Heart of Gold (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)


Babylon 5 (Babylon 5)


SG-1 (Stargate)


Moya (Farscape)


Bebop (Cowboy Bebop)


Enterprise D (Star Trek)


Galactica (Battlestar: Galactica)


Deep Space Nine (Star Trek)


FBI's X-Files Division (The X-Files)


Andromeda Ascendant (Andromeda)


Serenity (Firefly)


Millennium Falcon (Star Wars)


Nebuchadnezzar (The Matrix)


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Think globally, Act locally

Oct. 14th, 2007 | 05:04 pm

I did two really great things today and thought I'd share them with my e-world. The first was taking my son to a Spiral Scouts meeting. The group is an earth-friendly alternative to the traditional scouts with members and leaders of both genders. I met some great folks and really enjoyed the experience. Thank you to alifeofsundays for the inspiration.

I then attended a meeting to discuss developing a local Green Party chapter in the East County area of Pittsburg, Antioch, Oakley and Brentwood. Some of the issues of concern are the current federal administration, the war, open spaces, corporate greed, and other grassroots issues. Again I was introduced to some intelligent, well-spoken individuals with like-minded concerns. There was talk when I left of another meeting. More information should be available at DeltaGreens.org.

I just finished a book by one of my favorite authors, Charles DeLint. In it, one of the characters discusses the concept of "Think globally, act locally". I don't believe one person can change the world. But if I, one person, do my part, and others do theirs either on their own initiative or as a result of my actions, we make a group. If the group can influence others, we make a really big group!

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All memes all the time

Sep. 5th, 2007 | 09:12 pm

What does it say about me that all I do on my blog are silly quizzes? I rarely post anymore. Oh, well, here's the latest. As Patti said, after I saw it on so many friend's blogs, I had to do it. I'm a bit surprised, but I'm not into the whole slide rule or TV or programming thing, so I think it's inaccurate.

NerdTests.com says I'm a Cool Non-Nerd.  What are you?  Click here!

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From Cindy

Aug. 29th, 2007 | 08:40 pm

You are Judgement

Happiness, Content, Joy.

Judgment is related to the Hebrew letter Shin, which is fiery and spiritual. A break from the past, going forward.

With Fire as its ruling element, Judgement is about rebirth or ressurection. The idea of Judgement day is that the dead rise, their sins are forgiven, and they move onto heaven. The Judgement card is similar, it asks the resurrection to summon the past, forgive it, and let it go. There are wounds from the past that we never let heal, sins we've committed that we refuse to forgive, bad habits we haven't the courage to lose. Judgement advises us to finally face these, recognize that the past is past, and put them to rest, absolutely and irrevocably. This is also a card of healing, quite literally from an accident or illness, as well as a card signaling great transformation, renewal, change.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

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Becoming Jane

Aug. 14th, 2007 | 07:30 am

In Which Era do You Belong? (Ladies, with lovely pictures)

The Regency Era.You appreciate the simpler things, and you alter your body's natural shape for no man. You would much rather walk through an open meadow than a fancy garden any day, and barefoot at that! Modesty, comfort and sunburn protection are you main concerns when it comes to clothing. You love poetry, and are whimsically romantic. Your dream is to someday find a way to jump into a Jane Austen novel. Until then, you feed your addiction with the Pride & Prejudice Special Edition DVD.
Take this quiz!

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Lammas Lesson

Aug. 1st, 2007 | 11:05 am

Lammas (for those of you on my MySpace page who may get this word confused with the tall, furry, lippy creatures) is a pagan holiday also known as Lughnasadh celebrated on August 1st and marks the beginning of the harvest season, the ripening of first fruit. It is common to cook or bake to honor the gifts received. Whilst baking up a cake with a bounteous offering of zucchini, it occurred to me that I was learning a lesson:

Sometimes time binds the brown sugar into a hardened mass that you must break apart to measure. Of course, it is then required to re-pack the stuff, measure again, and unpack to blend. Such is life.

Enjoy your pizza fiona64 and thank you for the recipes alifeofsundays!

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