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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Confessions of a (non-nuclear) proliferator

My previous confessions have focused on my being a collector, which starts with collecting and saving stuff.  It serves the psychological purpose of avoiding the actual project, while mulling it over, organizing, and general wool-gathering.

 Proliferation is a bit different. It is an extension of collecting, which then moves into making a lot of variations of those collected items.  It involves very little discarding of material.  My favorite categories in the past when I was employed were often to-do lists, action plans and jotted-and-saved ideas.  After my retirement in 2002, some health issues intervened.  I quickly went to very little organizing or planning.  It was no longer necessary.  I could pay attention to my own needs and be more creative at the same time.  I loved being involved with the internet, with the magic of the web.  

In 2005 I went "back to work" -- as a volunteer, a blogger with two sites on Blogspot.  And the proliferation began in earnest.  I started using Internet Explorer as my browser, discovered Mozilla Firefox which then became too unwieldy for blogging.  Now I have switched to Google Chrome, which turns out to be a big improvement over Firefox.

Over the years I wrote entries at a number of blogs that were communities of progressives, Daily Kos and TPM Cafe, for example. And I started more of my own blog sites, as well.  I was invited to be a regular contribute to a couple of blogs.  I was invited to do book reviews.  I did this for several years.  Then the administration changed, and I no longer had an adversary.  After President Bush left office, the blogosphere and progressive politics had changed and I had changed.  

Despite organizing, making plans, and scheduling, it eventually became too much. The readership at my regular blogs dropped.  I was no longer doing any book reviews. And I was now involved with social networks. My writing had suffered; the job was too big to handle, and I asked myself for what was I working?  

My proliferation has had to change.  I stopped contributing to other progressive communities.  Shorter and more frequent posts are now the norm, and my long and link-filled posts that did not fit that model are now infrequent.  I am active on Twitter and Facebook.  I post original material at a few sites which then auto post to a number of my other sites.  I am micro-blogging, and I will be writing a book review by the end of the month.

"In recovery," my work is leaner and meaner.  I have avoided proliferation on social media.  My readership is up and I am less "driven."  I am trying to get back to a routine that embodies what I always loved about the blogosphere, and one that utilizes my strengths.   The themes of my day at the computer are consolidate, delete, clean, clear and organize downward.  

It seems to be working better, for the time being, at least.




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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.