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March 10, 2009



Moving to WordPress

December 14, 2007

Moving Day . . . same story, new digs.

For those still linked to this blog, please update me in your blogroll/links/etc.


If any of you web smarties know how I can move my template over to wordpress, I’d love a few pointers. It’s time to redecorate anyway, but it would be nice to move the links etc all in one go.

Welcome to our new digs

December 14, 2007

Saying bye bye to blogger for no other reason than that we needed a change of scenery.

Who couldn’t use a little more happiness in their life?

August 30, 2007

You too can join in . . . Mel’s Happiness Challenge!

I’ve been meaning to get to this . . .

I really got stuck on the defining happiness part. Everything I came up with was so glib, so trite. But those initial ideas have stuck with me. So I am going to explore them, glib or not. My first thought was: Happiness is a day at the beach. It’s true. I feel so much better there. I get to a beach, a few times a year if I am lucky. When said beach is a drivable destination, I swear to you that I start to feel better, I mean really energized, when I get to that part in the trip when I’m not in sight of any beach or water yet, but I can smell it. I usually turn off the AC in the car and open all the windows and let that salt air rush in all around me. I suck that smell in like it’s an exotic scent with magical powers. (maybe it is?)

Part of Mel’s challenge is to choose something that we have easy access to. Well, as much as I’d love to visit the beach daily, I can’t really do that.

Last week, I was at a nearby lake, paddling my kayak and I had a similar feeling of enjoying the moment, feeling alive, feeling a part of something bigger than myself. It wasn’t the beach, there wasn’t salt in the air, but I was able to catch a glimmer of that essential feeling I get at the beach. So, I decided to experiment and see if I could focus in on that feeling in other places. And I find that I can, commune with nature if you will, even in a city park.

If I allow my mind to slow down, if I allow it to filter out the everyday noises, I can start to hear the birds or the crickets or the quiet in back of the traffic or the human chatter.

So that will be my ritual. Once daily, for the month of September, I will spend 20 minutes each day looking for that little bit of peace in the middle of an ordinary day.

(As it happens, I get an easy start, because I am saying goodbye to Summer by spending Labor Day weekend . . . you guessed it . . . at the Beach!) But the goal is to find that peace here at home.

Traveling Book Update

June 11, 2007

Bea has finished with the traveling book and has written a lovely review here. She has now sent the book along to Thalia. Bea has also expanded our traveling library by generously sharing her copy of So Close which is on it’s way to Vee and Max.

I am doing a piss poor job of keeping up with posting the book’s whereabouts, so I am going to give the Sisterhood of the Traveling Book it’s own blog.

Coming soon to an RSS feed near you . . . details to follow.

This is our traveling book

January 23, 2007

What!! You’re Pregnant Again!! Bite Me!!
by Sandra Zacchino
This is our traveling book.

Proposed “Rules”:

Try to keep it no more than ten days. (It should take you less than one day to read it). It’s only 72 double spaced pages.

When you get the book, e-mail me at beagleblogger at gmail dot com to tell me where the book is.

I’ll post it’s location on my sidebar (If I can figure that out!)

Read, laugh, cry, “enjoy” the book.

Write your name (real or blog) and location (as specific or vague as you like) and a short comment on the inside covers and blank pages available.

Mail to the next blogger of your choosing. Each person chooses the next recipient and takes it from there.

Am I missing something obvious? Anyone done this sort of thing before? Should I include anything else to help this work? I can act as the go between for addresses if this makes it easier, each recipient can e-mail me for the address of the next person if that helps I’d be glad to keep track of that. Otherwise we’ll leave it as is.

Sisterhood of the traveling book

January 18, 2007

Have you read or seen the book/movie Sisterhood of the traveling pants?

It’s a cute story of four girls/women who find the elusive perfect pair of jeans in a thrift store and even though they are quite different builds the jeans fit each of them in the most flattering way. So they decide to share the pants. When they all go their separate ways, they send the pants (and a journal I think, which is essentially the book) to each other at agreed upon time intervals.

Well here’s my idea. We are already a sisterhood. Let’s have a traveling book!

I did buy the book with this catchy title . I’m no talent when it comes to book reviews but here is my general sense: It’s a very fast read, only 72 pages, doubles spaced (no, I’m not kidding!) The writing is not of an award winning caliber. We can read IF stories that are well written, right here on the Internet, for free! So, I guess I would not recommend this book in terms of value or in terms of literary achievement. But it does cut to the chase of life as an infertile. I like that she’s angry and that she feels free to say so. (I am not as free with expressing my own anger). I identified with much of what she said, though not all. But it was a quick and cathartic read.

So my plan would be this: We could pass the book around. I know there is an issue of anonymity no one is more paranoid than me, but many of you have already exchanged personal identities through your holiday card exchange, IF meet-ups etc. With the traveling book we would only have to expose ourselves to the person we are sending it to. That’s only one “outing”. Even I can handle that! I thought we could all sign inside the book with real or screen name, part of the world we live in and the date book was received and short comment (optional). We’d read it, review it on our blog to whatever extent we like and pass it on to the next blogger. It is up to each recipient to recruit and choose the next recipient. It would also be fun to pay it forward or backward with a small gift to the person who sent it to you or the person who will get it next or both. A little handmade trinket, or whatever.

We can also add a sort of “where in the world” element where I can post the book’s whereabouts as it makes it’s rounds. As each person receives the book they can e-mail me it’s whereabouts.

So does anyone like this idea enough for me to set it in motion? If so I will set up “rules” and get this book in the mail to lucky recipient #1!

This could be secret blog pal meets international lending library**.

I think including bloggers on all continents is feasible because this book is skinny and light enough to be mailed anywhere fairly cheaply.

So who’s game??

My one reservation is this: is it unfair to (potentially) decrease the author’s sales by sending this book around to possibly every woman in the blogosphere who might have bought it? Is this any different than the public library lending it out? (Which, by the way, will not be carrying this book any time soon!)