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March 2009 Blog Posts (22)

Exploring Web 2.0 Resources

Exploring Web 2.0: Second Generation Interactive Tools -

Blogs, Podcasts, Wikis, Networking, Virtual Worlds, and More.

In recent months exciting changes began happening on the World Wide Web. More services and features were becoming available, but most Internet users were unaware of this new potential until the “Net Generation” began embracing thesee new Web-based tools. Within months, the business community, educators, authors, and casual internet users found these… Continue

Added by Ann Bell on March 31, 2009 at 6:07pm — No Comments

Mountain Morning C.L. Danley

My warm breath swirls about my face in the crisp air of this misty mountain morning as the sun in all its glory spills over the snow covered peaks illuminating the white meadow before me like a bed of sparkling diamonds. God is good...

Added by Christina L. Danley on March 31, 2009 at 9:24am — 2 Comments

A Friendly Look

I've recently started a website incorporating things and people from my church and school. I was wondering if one or two people could take a look and tell me what they think.

Added by Perry on March 30, 2009 at 7:54pm — 1 Comment

Another jump off the diving board. . .

I've lived up here in the Pacific NW for 8 years and am brinking for another upheaval - this time driving the moving van with a dear sister/friend down to Lake Isabella, CA, 30 miles ENE of Bakersfield. She owns a double-wide there totally refurbished and can't sell it in this economy and has generously agreed to rent it to me at an unbelievably low price for a year - in exchange for meticulous maintenance and TLC. After camping up here in a subsidized two-room cell in a building full of sweet… Continue

Added by Jerine P Watson on March 30, 2009 at 9:04am — 2 Comments


Grey mists obscure the colors of the trees. Somewhere behind the mountains, the sun stretches its rays toward the mists. I cannot see the sun yet. I am so glad.

There is a very personal peace I feel when I am wrapped in the mists. Something universal pulls me in, as though I belong. In a language that I am sure I can speak, the wind whispers comfort to me. The mountains come close, the trees bow in welcome and somewhere there is a bear of whom I am not afraid.

The morning… Continue

Added by Elizabeth Benbrook on March 30, 2009 at 3:49am — No Comments

"What's Your Story?"

Added by Christina L. Danley on March 29, 2009 at 12:48pm — 1 Comment

A Writer's Work is Never Done, but ....

I'm actually working hard this weekend spitting and polishing, so while I have my next post in mind, I'm saving it for now.

Instead, I'll direct you to Meanderings and Muses where Kaye Barley graciously requested I 'guestblog'. Check out my post there and read some of the other guests' posts as well as those Kaye wrote.

Enjoy yourselves, and I'll have my new post here soon.

Added by Robin Minnick on March 29, 2009 at 12:01pm — No Comments

My Dec. 2008 comments on a discussion about getting started in writing

I broke into paid professional writing over two decades ago by sending an unsolicited article to a magazine. I had studied the magazine carefully, targeted the article to an area I knew they covered, and timed my submission just as a new editor was taking the helm. Transitions of leadership offer a lot of opportunities for new least to writers new to that magazine. Studying market listings can tell you if the magazine uses freelancers, is open to new writers, the pay rate,… Continue

Added by Bill Stephens on March 29, 2009 at 7:56am — No Comments

Wait a minute!!!! SNOW?????

We live just outside Chicago, IL, and woke up today to 4 INCHES OF SNOW!!!

Really, it's not that surprising. We've been here 15 years and we can get snow all the way through May, so this isn't so surprising. And with the temps pretty warm, it should melt soon....please...

When my camera battery charges, I'll post some pics. Of course, it's the heavy, wet snow we get in the Spring...yeah, it is Spring...and is a pain to shovel. I'm lucky, I have a snowblower. Really the… Continue

Added by Will Duarte on March 29, 2009 at 7:54am — 2 Comments

My Twitter followers

On Twitter, I go by the handle Book_Addict. I've just been Tweeting for a few weeks and 42 people have signed up as followers, which is very ego-gratifying, although I'm sure nowhere even approaching a record. A few of my updates concern the ongoing ups and downs of my professional writing life, but I also pass along links to writing software and resource sites I find particularly helpful. Since there are not many of these, I suppose I will rather quickly run out of this supply of interesting… Continue

Added by Bill Stephens on March 29, 2009 at 7:53am — No Comments

The Business of Medicine

How to begin. When I married at age 41, I just assumed that my wife would outlive me. That's just the way Nature intended it. Women usually live longer than men. My mother outlived my father and my wife's mother outlived her husband. I was a bit concerned that my wife's weight might lead to heart problems, but she had regular checkups and her heart is strong. The doctor's never seemed to be concerned with her weight.

About two and a half years ago, my wife, Alma, started experiencing… Continue

Added by Xradioguyfrank on March 28, 2009 at 10:21pm — No Comments

Reply to MUFON article about a supposed alien claw

This is my reply to an article in the Mutual UFO Network that claimed an investigator found what he thought was an alien claw when it was really a dried slug!

I call it, The Slug Letter.

Greetings from Seattle, Washington State, otherwise known as slugville, U.S.A. Up here in the Pacific Northwest we have lots of slugs, snails without shells. We have little ones and big ones, dead and alive, dried up and wet and crawling. They are all over the place. In their native… Continue

Added by Michael Menkin on March 28, 2009 at 5:48pm — No Comments

I'm Still Alive

Hi Sunoasis Writers,

Just a short blog that I'm still around although I do have a job. I'm working at a VA IT center doing technical writing for a big new project. Very interesting work.

Of course, working every day gets in the way of cruising the web and "visiting" with all you interesting people.

I've also been neglecting my blog, Mid-Last-Century Guy, but will do some new posts this weekend. So come visit and comment, please.

Have a great weekend… Continue

Added by Will Duarte on March 28, 2009 at 9:36am — No Comments

Long Time

It's been a long time since I've been here. I've gotten lost on Facebook like everyone else in the world. (Or so it seems...) I have continued my journey to cemeteries ~ the last was St. Stephen's on a day that the clouds were spectacular. I was disappointed that I had few choices as to what to shoot because of the neighborhood and the highway being in the background. One of my favorite shots has a billboard in the background. (Couldn't be helped.) Soon I will be going to the cemetery where my… Continue

Added by Theresa Callaway on March 28, 2009 at 7:06am — No Comments

Don't Let Writer's Block Slow You Down - By Lance Winslow

By Lance Winslow

Are you a writer who often gets writer’s block and you just cannot go on? Cannot write a thing and feel absolutely worthless? How does that make you feel? Do you feel weak, incompetent; do you feel like throwing in the towel and giving up? I am sorry to hear that, because personally I think it is all in your mind.

Having hung around some writers in my day and discussed this issue with them, it always seemed… Continue

Added by Lance Winslow on March 27, 2009 at 10:55pm — No Comments

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Added by Sabarinath.N on March 27, 2009 at 9:42pm — No Comments

I'm now a movie reviewer at The Examiner

Added by William Sternman on March 25, 2009 at 7:03pm — 2 Comments

Report on Alien Abductions and the Success of the Thought Screen Helmet by the Inventor, Michael Menkin

Report on Alien Abductions and the Thought Screen Helmet by Inventor Michael Menkin

Aliens from Space

It's the worst thing that's happened to the human race, state one of the first persons to try my invention, the thought screen helmet. He was referring to a relatively recent phenomenon which started around 1890, the taking of human beings by aliens from space. Although the readers of this journal are familiar of this activity, I'd like to summarize it to some… Continue

Added by Michael Menkin on March 14, 2009 at 5:41pm — No Comments

Working, working, working....

I had a problem with a manuscript this weekend. I was revising a mainstream novel I'm working on when I realized that one character was speaking in a style that was, well, uncharacteristic.

You see, I wanted him to be concise, but not terse. He is a man of few words, but not because he doesn't want to talk with people, he is just naturally quiet. And he has an inner peace. Now, this is similar to but NOT the same as his friend, whose very philosophy is that of being in balance within… Continue

Added by Robin Minnick on March 11, 2009 at 7:40pm — No Comments

Between Chaos and Crazy...

Lately, I've found myself between chaos and crazy. It's not letting up either. You see, I'm getting ready to go on a live book tour for my 2nd novel, "Bobby's Diner."

I remember the months right before my first book tour for "Of the Law." It was equally wild but, I tell you, it's like pregnancy, you forget about the pain!

Right now, my office looks as if someone stood behind me with a cartload of boxes of books, paperwork and office equipment and has strewn them… Continue

Added by Susan on March 9, 2009 at 9:18am — No Comments

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