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The week is before us - like the coffee pot - waiting to brew. Making it good is a matter of choice, luck, creativity, patience and acceptance of the outcome.

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Monday, October 08, 2007

Reciprocity collides with Procrastination

This post began because I had saved this link from "txsharon," one of my good blog friends from our area. Titled, "Save the Trinity Trees," it described an event to which I had every intention of going. But I never got there. I said to myself I would but procrastination got in the way of reciprocity. Showing up at this activist event would have been reciprocal as physically joining activists in protest, rather than just blogging about it. My other activist blog friend, "betmo," in New York, has much the same style as "txsharon." They are feisty, open, gutsy, high energy and honest. Environmentalists, they like to leave small footprints on the earth, and they both demand their full civil liberties. I admire all those things and have aspirations to do the same. But I fear I will not get as far because of advancing age and physical limitations.

Saving/collecting is also linked to procrastination and reciprocity. I procrastinate about cleaning and clearing. And I struggle with being reciprocal with my friends. I know this about myself because I have blogged about these behaviors in the past:
  • "The Clutter Circle"
    So now that I have this off my chest, I won't have to think about it for a while. Thus clutter and procrastination comprise the beginning and end of my clutter circle.
  • "Confessions of a collector"
  • Cheap - Sometimes I have clipped newspaper coupons; most of those in my current collection are out of date. That's another procrastination thing. But the Sunday paper is coming, so there'll be more freebies to cut out (neatly-because I am a bit obsessive).
This post ends with another link I have saved for quite a while also. Hat tip to another of my favorites, Maud Newton - a literary blogger - for a link to a great post (and subsequent comments) about the value of writing at a blog. Maud shares several qualities with the two previous women bloggers I mentioned. She is is also very bright and open; and she's Southern, like tsxharon. Maud's link was to Oronte Churm at Inside HigherEd (8/8/07). To quote the issue he posed,
I caught a lot of grief this summer from readers upset with what I’ve posted on this blog. No, I didn’t insult good country folk; I stand accused of writing too well.

The charges were leveled by friends and acquaintances, who no doubt felt they were looking out for my interests. One said that writing published first in print media might be republished on the Net (if the print source was good enough), but that it couldn’t go from Net to print. In other words, this blog is a throwaway, and I’ve ruined my chances for becoming respectable.

. . . And just because something comes wrapped in a digital dustcover doesn’t make it disposable.
So today my clutter/procratination circle is getting closed just a bit. I am recognizing three great women bloggers and posting links that I have saved for a while. I have made my Good Monday. Whew! That is a relief.
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Cross-posted at Southwest Blogger
My topical post today at South by Southwest and The Reaction is about national sovereignty.

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References on Spirituality -- Favorites from my old collection

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  • "A World Waiting To Be Born: Civility Rediscovered" by M. Scott Peck. Simon and Schuster, 1993
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  • "Wherever You Go There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation" by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Hyperion, 1994
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A retired counselor, I am equal parts Techie and Artist. I am a Democrat who came to the Southwest to attend college. I married, had kids and have lived here all my adult life.