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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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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Being a newby at my age feels weird but OK.

It is as if I am a world traveler sitting at my keyboard, as I "visit" new web communities. And it is often that I feel I do not know the language they speak. I am a newbie at Posterous, at FaceBook, and at Twitter. And just like a kid going to Junior High for the first time, I am trying to watch others in order to learn the rules. It would be far too easy just to Google to find out the norms and rules. I resemble my husband who is reluctant to stop at a gas station to ask for directions. So I am content to tip my toe in the water before venturing out too far, observing others for clues.

My travels in blogworld began in 2005 when I began the blogs South By Southwest and Making Good Mondays. eventually picking up some regular commentors, to whom I replied. The extent of my socializing online was confined to reading and commenting at my "favorite's" blog sites. After a while I was invited to write at a number of group blogs: The Reaction, TPM Cafe, The Sirens Chronicles, and RegGage. A few months ago people started sending me links of interest, which I now post at Behind the Links.

Each of these virtual "communities" has turned out to be remarkably different. One might be warm and supportive, one all-business/all-news with minimal interaction, one edgy and posting good rants, one with growing pains - but very friendly. I write the same for all of them, but the comments are different. I am rarely interacting on Twitter, because I still feel like a newby, but that will change because a number of bloggers I know are now among those I follow. Facebook is set to "private" for friends, family and a few bloggers I know well.

A sense of belonging has developed over time. What is "my age?" I am 72 and not shy about that fact of my life. I am a cancer survivor which tends to make one just go out there and do it anyway. After all . . .

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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
  • "Chicken Soup For the Unsinkable Soul" by Canfield, Hansen and McNamara. Health Communications, 1999
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  • "Guilt Is the Teacher, Love Is the Lesson" by Joan Borysenko. Warner Books, 1990
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  • "The Heroine's Journey" by Mureen Murdock. Random House, 1990
  • "The Hope For Healing Human Evil" by M. Scott Peck. Simon and Schuster, 1983
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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.