Making good Mondays is like making coffee -

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.

Currently at Making Good Mondays

Active elements on this page: Occasionally I will publish a new blog post, but I write mostly at other sites.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Carol Gee: Interconnected

My address is "The World."
These are the places where my writing is regularly posted:
Primary blog -- My topical or political posts are at South by Southwest. My first post (that actually worked) was titled "Frustration galore," (3/30/05), indicating I was a novice only learning by doing. The S/SW post I'll write today will be number 808.
Creative blog -- at CarolGee-Southwest Blogger. My first post was very short and titled, "My craft is launched," (11/16/05). I quote from it, "This is the first entry of my new creative writing blog. It will consist of social comments, memoirs, poetry or creative writings. It will be very experimental with no expectations for readership." Today's post will be number 219 in that series. It will be a duplicate cross-posted from Making Good Mondays.
Group blog -- I am an assistant editor at The Reaction, is (Canadian) Michael J.W. Stickings' current events/political blog. He asked me to become a guest blogger there this summer. My first post, "An Idea Whose Time has Come," (6/7/07) was cross-posted from S/SW.
Two "Big" blogs -- Several times a week I cross-post to TPMCafe's diary section where I have been a member for over two years (first post 6/29/05). This blog seems to have the best discussions around. And the pace and politics fit my style. Occasionally I write a "Diary" post at DailyKos, but it is rare because our composers (Blogger and whatever Kos uses) are not very compatible. Also it moves too fast for me.Since cross-posting is usually what I do, I either have to strip the code out of my original or write from scratch. I first posted there in November of 2005. Also DailyKos seems to lack the centrist blend at TPMCafe. This (8/6/07) Washington Post article lays out that possibility more fully: Diversity is lacking" in YearlyKos world.
Social Network -- A few weeks ago a blog friend of mine set up a little group blog -- scrap paper -- for anyone interested. This is how she introduced it: "scrap paper is wonderful for creativity. no worries about filling space or making mistakes. welcome." We post photos and art, videos and music, write blogs, and have forum discussions, nothing very heavy or political. One of our most active discussions has been about coffee.
These are a few of my blogging tools:
  • The graph you see is by SiteMeter. It refers to the origins of my readers on a given day, and how many people read my blogs.
  • I use ScribeFire for noting post ideas, saving links and drafting.
  • is one of my image resources as this link of 1/10/07 illustrates.
  • Technorati tags: helps get more readers.
  • Wikipedia's Search Engine Optimization made it possible for one of my political posts to make the front page of a Google search: "Fifty Ways to Understand the Protect America Act." 9/28/07.
  • Tool to Strip HTML tags from copy.
  • New York Times Link Generator, so your NYT links will stay alive.

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Anonymous said...

Hope you and yours have a good holiday season this year - best to all!

Carol Gee said...

May I wish you the same. Keep your mittens on and your pen sharp. I love reading from your unique geographical perspective.


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References on Spirituality -- Favorites from my old collection

  • "A Return To Love: Reflections On the Principles Of a Course In Miracles" by Marianne Williamson. Harper Collins, 1992
  • "A World Waiting To Be Born: Civility Rediscovered" by M. Scott Peck. Simon and Schuster, 1993
  • "Chicken Soup For the Unsinkable Soul" by Canfield, Hansen and McNamara. Health Communications, 1999
  • "Compassion in Action: Setting Out On the Path of Service" by Ram Dass and Mirabai Bush. Bell Tower Pub., 1992
  • "Creative Visualization" by Shakti Gawain. MIF Books, 1978
  • "Finding Values That Work: The Search For Fulfillment" by Brian O'Connell. Walker & Co., 1978
  • "Fire in the Soul" by Joan Borysenko. Warner Books, 1993
  • "Further Along the Road Less Traveled" by M. Scott Peck. Simon and Schuster, 1993
  • "Guilt Is the Teacher, Love Is the Lesson" by Joan Borysenko. Warner Books, 1990
  • "Inner Simplicity: 100 Ways To Regain Peace and Nourish the Soul" by Elaine St. James. Hyperion, 1995
  • "Insearch:Psychology and Religion" by James Hillman. Spring Pub. 1994
  • "Man's Search For Himself" by Rollo May. Signet Books, 1953
  • "Mythologies" by William Butler Yeats. Macmillan, 1959
  • "Myths, Dreams and Religion" by Joseph Campbell. Spring Pub. 1988
  • "Passion for Life: Psychology and the Human Spirit" by John and Muriel James. Penguin Books, 1991
  • "Peace Is Every Step" by Thich Nhat Hahn. Bantam Books , 1991
  • "The Heroine's Journey" by Mureen Murdock. Random House, 1990
  • "The Hope For Healing Human Evil" by M. Scott Peck. Simon and Schuster, 1983
  • "The House of Belonging" poems by David Whyte. Many Rivers Press, 2004
  • "The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth" by M.Scott Peck. Simon and Schuster, 1978
  • "The Soul's Code: In Search Of Character and Calling" by James Hillman. Random House, 1996
  • "The World Treasury of Modern Religious Thought" by Jaroslav Pelikan. Little, Brown & Co., 1990
  • "Unconditional Life" by Deepak Chopra. Bantam Books, 1992
  • "Wherever You Go There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation" by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Hyperion, 1994
  • "Zen Keys: A Guide to Zen Practice" by Thich Nhat Hahn. Doubleday Dell Pub. Group, 1974

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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.