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superior scribblers

i want to thank janet riehl for passing on the superior scribbler award to me.  it had been given to her by matilda butler and kendra bonnett who have a blog that supports women writing their memoirs.

this is a great way to introduce you to some blogs that i haven’t mentioned much, or maybe not at all.  so these are the people i’m passing the award on to.

holly lisle sure needs no award; she’s one of the internet’s grande dames of the writing life, and it feels a little funny for a little blogger like me to be giving her an award.  but nevermind.  this novel writer (i think she mostly does science fiction) has a humungous blog.  over 40 entries about her plot clinic alone!  she is one superior scribbler.

“building Rapport: advocating plain language, clear design, sensitivity to audience concerns, and civility” – that’s the plain language blog.  in this post, the writer announces that they didn’t make the top 10 language blogs for 2009, so at least they get an award from me.  that post also leads to the winners of the 2009 language oscar: if you like words, go and have a look!

microwriting has always fascinated me.  six-word storieshaikuhaibun.  and why do you think i’m on twitter?  this blog takes people’s stories and turns them into 100-word tales.

then there is madeline, one of my oldest blogging friends.  nobody documents dialogue the way she does on her site, where she takes you on the daily travels and travails of the mother of two lovely autistic children.  viz:

i watch his performance, robotic dancing and in time until he collapses in a sweaty heap, “sighhhhhh!
“you are such a fun guy.”
“wot did you be callin me?”
“fun guy?”
“ooo…..i thought you be said fungi, nevermind, i am liking fungi betterer.”

and finally, there is isms and ologies, “a fiction blog attempting to personify as many beliefs and studies as are entertaining.” i’m looking forward to a post on trophyism (perhaps with this as a background?)

now apparently there are Rules for this trophy.  i’m not a big fan of Rules but since this thing was passed on to me it would be impolite not to post those Rules.  here they are.  hopefully you are of a more mature character than i and will treat all the “musts” with magnamity.

here are the rules for passing on the superior scribbler award.
1. each superior scribbler must in turn pass the award on to 5 most-deserving blogging friends.
2. each superior scribbler must link to the author and the name of the blog from whom he/she has received the award.
3. each superior scribbler must display the award on his/her blog, and link to this post, which explains the award.
4. each blogger who wins the superior scribbler award must visit this post and add his/her name to the mr. linky list. that way, we’ll be able to keep up-to-date on everyone who receives this prestigious honor!
5. each superior scribbler must post these rules on his/her blog.

is tweeting about omid reza misayafi a negative thing?

the other day, an interesting discussion took place on twitter. i tweeted a link to the death in prison of omid reza misayafi, the iranian blogger who had been sentenced to three years in prison for blogging in ways that the iranian government found threatening.

one of my fellow tweeters found that this was a negative tweet.

“do you think unpleasant events that you can’t do anything about is worthy of your attention and thought process?”

the way i understand it, this tweeter feels that i can be of best service by using social media in ways that are encouraging and bring positive news.

let me get some of my objections out of the way before i turn to how this discussion was helpful.

  • the vast majority of societal improvements, from the end to slavery to gandhi’s salt walk to the 5-day weekend, happened because people got really loud about what was wrong
  • bad things that are ignored have a tendency to fester
  • “bad”, “negative” and “wrong” can be moral judgments, and as such may or may not be helpful; but they can also be descriptions of undesirable, unhealthy or unhelpful aspects of situations or people (e.g. george bush is not a bad man but his tolerance of waterboarding is wrong). in that approach, so-called negativity loses much of its toxicity
  • the criticism of paying attention to negative news stems, i believe, from the idea in the law of attraction of “what you focus on expands”. there is a lot of truth to that but a) it’s not a straightforward line (there is no law that states that as you focus on X to the power of 3, it expands – whatever that means – to the power of 3) and b) the quality and type of focus also plays a role
  • i think it’s useful to give more “positive” messages than “negative” ones – but 100% positive and 0% negative seems a bit unbalanced
  • and jung says “ignore the shadow at your own risk!”

ok. now. here’s what i found helpful in the discussion.

i do want to be encouraging and uplifting, and i do want my messages to bring good news. if that’s what i want, i need to continuously hone my language and my message.

the buddhist concept of right speech is important to me, and my twitter friend’s comments made me think of that. does what i tweet improve on silence?  alas, i believe that often it does not. it is just idle chatter. now some part of idle chatter is probably important for greasing human interactions. but it’s easy for it to become too idle and too chattery. this is especially true for “negative” tweets.

i do find it useful to muse on the question: what if i/we/the world focused only on what’s good, kind, healing? or, to make it a bit more manageable, i feel encouraged by this conversation to try again to follow what i believe is a suggestion by napoleon hill: see what happens if i work for a stretch of time – an hour? a day? a week?- to “cancel out” every negative thought i encounter. (eg, “oh, isabella, what a dumb thing to do” cancelled out by “oops, that came out differently than you expected isabella. thanks for trying. move on.”)

a writing retreat

i’m terribly, terribly behind in expressing my gratitude to some of the wonderful acknowledgments i have received in the last year. let me start making a little dent by telling you about joanna young’s ideal writing weekend competition. the guidelines were

tell us about the ingredients of your ideal writing weekend. that might be a weekend you’ve already enjoyed, one that you’ve got planned, or one that you’re hoping to take part in, some day.

you might talk about how this relates to the writing process: getting past writer’s block, finding the right words, tapping into your muse.

joanna honoured me greatly by awarding the first prize to my four part entry (1, 2, 3, 4).

if someone asked me what my favourite post from last year was, it would be that series. it was so inspiring! i’d love to make a workshop like that happen one of these days. thank you so much for this project, laura!

here are the books i bought with the gift certificate:

  • master chan sheng yen “footprints in the snow: the autobiography of a chinese buddhist monk”
  • lucien stryk, takashi ikemoto “zen poems of china and japan: the crane’s bill”
  • sandra jackson-opoku “the river where blood is born”
  • nell irvin painter “creating black americans: african-american history and its meanings, 1619 to the present”
  • francis levy “erotomania: a romance”

footprints in the snow i immediately snatched up, and enjoyed very much. the african-american history textbook is my current “leaf around in it when you have a few minutes” book, and i’m thinking of taking the zen poems with me to hawaii when we fly there on friday.

by the way, the history book shows how fast things move. although it was published in 2007, it only had one tiny little mention of barack obama – he’s nothing but one among the short list of african-american governors. amazing, huh?

all five books were recommended by fellow bloggers: breeni books, buddhist torrents, daily buddhism, and gwyneth bolton.

the second place winner was shari smothers with this piece on my ideal writing weekend. the judge liked the structured and practical nature of this post

in the third place was jasmin tragas with a futuristic piece: 48 hours, 5000 words and 12 cubes of ice. “a fun, slightly wacky entry”

more entries:

  1. dawn goldberg at write well me who dreams about being “wrapped in the mountains’ arms as i write.”
  2. brad shorr at word sell: what’s your ideal writing weekend?. “it starts with stimulating conversation. i’m not much good at drawing inspiration from nature.” (interesting how different we all are, isn’t it?)
  3. lillie amann at a writer’s words, an editor’s eye whose entry involves going to a casino
  4. jasmin tragas from wonderwebby: 48 hours, 5000 words and 12 cubes of ice, who is using a combination of voice recognition, typing and a slightly manic hand waving gesture with her lifewriter.
  5. alina popescu from words of a broken mirror.  she talks about a time in march when it was still snowing in the mountains. “we were staying at this cozy little hotel and being alone in my room felt amazing”
  6. finally, there was keith andrews at comic book day with comic book retreat: “comic books are an outlet for me. writing is an outlet for me. what a wonderful respite i will have when i step away from everything, and read and write for just a single weekend.”

last minute invitation to the blogathon

isabella mori on blogathonthe serious countdown to the blogathon has started. it’s all i can think of (i didn’t even write a frozen pea post today!)

as of this writing, it’s 10 hours until i post my first entry, at 5 am tomorrow morning. then 24 hours of blogging, posting an article every 30 minutes. yikes! i wonder whether towards the end it will degenerate into incomprehensible blather, spiked with the most creative typos??? well, we’ll see. it’s all for a good cause. i even made a little badge! (click on it and you can donate to the canadian mental health association).

i’ve already gone crazy on facebook and other places, inviting people to stop by tomorrow, july 26. here’s my last invitation frenzy, to bloggers who i’ve met here in the last little while. please visit, read, comment, link, donate! you can even send me a guest post …

oh, and if you don’t find yourself here on this list, it’s not that i didn’t think of you, it’s just that my hand gave out.  if you’re a friend and would like to be included, send me your link in <a href=> form.

the incurable disease of writing
wellbeingandhealth.net
quiverfull family blog – christian family living, christian book reviews, homeschooling, homesteading
a writer’s words, an editor’s eye
this full house reviews
thatsblog.com
the masculine heart
mind, soul, and body
good honest dollar
brainblogger
storied mind – writing to recover life from depression
fish and cans
the wealth spa http://thewealthspa.com/blog
living within samsara
untreatable’s blog
talli’s designs
massage techniques with free videos
coastal commentaries
random detoxification
talent development resources – the psychology of creative expression …
everyone needs therapy
integral options cafe
martial development – martial arts for personal development
intensive care for the nurturer’s soul
learn c++
my secret spiritual dance
optimistlab | a sensible guide to the law of attraction
soupornuts.com – motivation, inspiration, education, entrepreneurship
best 101 lists | interesting observations
homespun honolulu
postcards from the funny farm
daily blog tips
finding your marbles – a mental health survival guide
positive and successful lifestyle tips
adversity university
rethink.
freakedout fathers
my mind on books
real mind control: the 21-day no-complaint experiment
urban monk
today is that day

mental health, cancer and art

this is my first peopleized interview. peopleized is a site where you can find people to interview, offer yourself for interviews, and post interviews, which are then available for anyone to use. neat concept. [update on september 2009: that site doesn’t seem to alive anymore]

it’s friday, so of course this is a frozen pea friday post – a post about cancer. got a few pennies to share? why don’t you donate them to the frozen pea fund, here, where you can also find out what the dickens frozen peas have to do with breast cancer.

today we have an interview with addy, who, he says, is a little crazy, a little kinky, and suffers from bipolar type 1, depression and self harm. “they are illnesses i suffer from and are not a reflection of my personality. i’m tired of the stigma surrounding mental health, it’s time we gave it a damn good spanking.”

moritherapy: addy, i just spent a little time on your blog and saw that we have a few interests in common: fighting mental illness stigma, making depression visible, art, talking about cancer, and generally being a bit, how should i say – eccentric. tell me, for you, are there any connections between these topics?

addy:: eccentric, wow! i don’t think anyone has ever called me eccentric before. i’ve been called pretty much everything under the sun, but eccentric. i feel quite honoured.

is there a connection? who knows, i’ve never actually thought about any connections between all the things which make me who i am. i do however think that there are a lot of connections between who we are and what we’ve been through.

i have seen some very dark places in my life, more darker than i would wish on anyone i care about, and i think it’s having the strength to fight through those dark caves and chasms which has made me into the person i am.

moritherapy: how did/do you deal with the impacts of cancer on your mental/emotional health?

addy:: with a huge amount of difficulty.

i had spent a lot of time and energy over the months leading up to this diagnosis in trying to control and overcome my mental health problems that i actually truly felt i had them beat. at the time i was also suffering from glandular fever so my physical energy, as well as mental and emotional state, was at an all time low.

then being dealt the blow that i had cancer absolutely 100% knocked me for six. my initial reaction was disbelief, denial, confusion, and that whole other gauntlet of emotions which comes from such a shock. i didn’t know what to do, who to tell, how to deal with it at all.

i made the decision to tell my then girlfriend who just wouldn’t listen, and as i’ve explained on the blog, being broken up with by her so soon after this shock – and whilst i was having various tests and biopsies performed – had a cataclysmic effect on my mental health.

(the breakdown i suffered i am still dealing with today.)

in terms of how i deal with the impact in an ongoing sense, i just don’t think about it. simple as that. i don’t even really talk about it to anyone; because of what happened when i discovered i had cancer i find myself unable to talk to or ask for help from anyone in regards to this, or any, part of my life.

i have tests, feel like shit, go in/out of doctor’s surgeries and hospitals, hide bits and pieces of information.

i know this will most likely kill me, but because i’ve been dealing with it – and everything – by myself for so long, the only way i’ve been able to cope with it is to go it alone.

i guess i’ve learned from my experiences in life that ultimately this is what we have to do.

moritherapy: … and conversely, how does/did your emotional and mental health state relate to having cancer?

addy:: pre-breakdown i actually felt i was dealing with the cancer pretty well, in fact i’d be willing to say few people suspected there was anything so serious wrong with me.

post-breakdown i just haven’t been coping. with everything that is happening i just haven’t been able to focus any strength or energy on this part of my life, which creates a myriad of problems in fighting and dealing with the physical ramifications of such an illness.

the emotional/mental state i have been in since the breakdown has made it hard for me to fight the physical aspects of my life, as i just can’t summon the energy. it’s just a huge drain on my energy both physically and mentally.

moritherapy: : what place do art and creativity have in your life? does this place have anything to do with cancer or mental health?

addy:: art and creativity have, since a young age, played a huge huge huge part in my life.

ever since i was a bouncing baby i remember drawing and craving new colourful pens and pencils.

i remember sitting in front of the tv writing stories, new indiana jones adventures and long rambling stories about all sorts of things.

this is what i love, this is what i’m most passionate about. my creativity, my ability to manufacture whole words, languages, people, cities with my writing. or my ability to capture still, peaceful resonant beauty with my photography.

this is all intricately linked to my mental and physical health problems. i struggle when i’m emotionally wrecked to write anything, a factor which ultimately led to the loss of my college course (as it came at a time when i was struggling with the huge emotional whack of cancer, loss of important relationship, glandular fever and mental health collapse).

depression stifles my creativity, and yet things like self-harm help bring it out. whereas if i’m manic or brimming with hypermanic energy i can’t stop writing, drawing, scribbling and creating.

i still haven’t quite figured it all out, but like i mentioned earlier, everything is connected. so there is definitely a link between my creativity and cancer/mental health problems.

then of course there is the obvious “escape hatch” theory; when dealing with so much don’t we all just want to run away into a fantasy world where everything is perfect?

moritherapy: do you find people with cancer are generally seen or treated differently than people who are dealing with mental health issues? if so, how?

addy:: see, now having both, this is interesting because i’ve experienced both the obvious differences and obvious similarities with how people treat me.

the obvious similarity is that regarding both health issues few people ever – and i mean ever – ask any questions about them. they know of them, but i’m very rarely asked any direct questions about either the cancer or mental health issues. they just hang in the air never being raised or discussed. as if people are scared of them.

the difference comes with the reaction. when people find out you have cancer it’s all sympathay and words of support and ‘is there anything we can do to help?’…but with mental health issues, with the depression, self harm, bipolar and suicidal issues it’s all ‘your own fault’ or ‘you’re just weak’ or ‘sorry, can’t have anything to do with you because those illnesses are contagious’ and you never see or her from those people again.

it’s funny, the stigmas surrounding cancer and all those myths from the 70s and 80s are now surrounding mental health issues. just cause i suffer from depression, self harm, bipolar etc doesn’t mean you’re going to get them – they’re not contagious – and it’s this stigma which annoys the hell out of me.

there’s a lot wrong with me both physically and mentally; and that’s all people see. they see the depression or the bipolar or the cancer. they never see me for who i am, and i like to think i’m more than that.

moritherapy: would you like to add anything?

addy:: i think i’ve rambled a bit too much, don’t you. then again there’s so much that should be spoken about more openly both with cancer and mental health issues that i urge people to think more about their health; both physically and mentally. think about their friends and family. think what you can do to help. although i say i go it alone i wouldn’t reccommend this to anyone else because loneliness is a huge strain. find help, find support, find love and care. this is a hugely undervalued form of medication…and hey, feel free to drop by the blog to get to know me – the me beyond the mental and physical illnesses. this is the best therapy of all, because we are all, above whatever we go through, people with thoughts, feelings and emotions.

dave olson: blogging and creativity

dave olson and kris krug at northern voice 2008, a blogging conference in vancouver northern voice was a wonderful experience. as nancy white said

northern voice is a living community indicator and lives in the culture of love. where else can you find the intersection of geekdom and love?

i’ll be blogging about nancy’s and other people’s sessions in the days to come.

today i want to tell you about the session that touched me the deepest. it was dave olson’s “f**k stats, make art”. miss 604 has a great synopsis of it, and you can find my notes at the end of this post.

one of the things that became very obvious for me after dave’s presentation was sadness/frustration/disappointment that i had abandoned my practice of doing at least one piece of “artful writing” a day, no matter how short, kitschy or silly. dave may just have just stirred me enough to go back to that.

so i ended up writing two poems and would like to dedicate them both to dave.

thanks to dave olson, no. 1

a concussion of the most
mindful sort
comes over me as i indulge in these
northern voices.
poems must be written,
suns must be risen,
earths must be quaked
in this pyramid of
gentle thoughts
— not just yours,
not just mine —
that shake up this world.

***

thanks to dave olson, no. 2

we all know it
and we reach for it
deep in our hearts,
deep in our mothers’ wombs.

where is the mirror, we ask,
where is the mirror of that,
this knowing “with”, not just “about”,
this connection “between”, not just “with”,
where is it, where is it, where is it?! we scream

and

aaaah.

this feels …
this must be …
aaaah.

“yes, for sure, this must be it”: as we come down from it,
the scratchiness, the hard, uneven road, the
clawy longing,
and settle down a
bit and feel the
ground.
or finally take off
and race past
ninety thousand clouds.

and then the fall.
out of the sky,
or off that comfortable, sturdy stool that gave
us so much hold
just half an hour ago.

slowly, then, it grows again,
the question, craving, begging:
where is the mirror?
and the knowing?
the connection?

a circle, circle, circle.

may that circle, lord and lady, please, be broken.
by and by, yes, by and by.

***

here are my notes from dave’s presentation:

  • art makes the future
  • the only reason why we have history is because we have artists who write, draw, paint – they are our historians
  • technology and art have never been better friends than today
  • we can go directly from idea to execution to sending it out to the world
  • code is poetry
  • redefine your sensibilities
  • the original creation of art is what is important, not the replication of it
  • art’s a weird word, it’s nebulous, like social media
  • (image of oily smiley shriner guy in front of pyramid of gizeh)
  • art is like pyramid, the lower, thick part is the schlock area
  • the next layer is the craft layer
  • when craft and intent are married, that’s the top of the pyramid

examples of blogs before blogs were invented:

  • japanese petroglyphs
  • stonehenge
  • hammurabi’s code
  • scribes and monks
  • van gogh as a blogger – he took his easel out into nature, that wasn’t done
  • picasso came in and confused things
  • typewriters as blogging tools

what is art now?

dave’s suggestions:

  • upgrade your heroes: thoreau, gandhi, MLK – “suffering” heroes; how about d.h. lawrence, ed abbey, vaclav havel, gary snyder, bev davies, a street artist by the name of jerry kroll (sp?)
  • embark on personal archeology: major matthews; look at your old work / art work
  • embrace (transparency) translucency; how much of yourself are you willing to put out there: rousseau’s confessions – too much transparency?
  • express yourself with vigor – step it up; read the classics; go to an art gallery; find your craft and do it seriously; do what you do better (there’s a big difference between typing and writing)
  • cross training skills (painting, pottery, mash mash mash)
  • declare your story to the world: do something and the stories will come, help journalists (they need stories); put the LOG back in the blog; don’t work for the rubber stamp
  • redefine success
  • don’t get precious; share your stuff; don’t steal; be willing to ask for and participate in collaboration – it cross-pollinates – spread the art around
  • ignore the gatekeepers – the hunter s. thompson rule of creation – if you have strong skills, you can mock them at their peril; stick to your artistic integrity
  • don’t take it all too seriously
  • “know much fu” (don’t know exactly what that means? know your skills?) – for validation, don’t look to stats; what are you getting out of these stats?

(image by sonson)

progressive dinner is served!

ok, here we go! the long awaited progressive dinner blog carnival!appetizer, image by http://flickr.com/people/bucketfullofbuddha/

what’s a progressive dinner? you start out at one house or restaurant to have hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, then move on to a different one for appetizers, and continue moving from place to place all the way through dessert. our good man kilroy figured we might as well do something like this with a blog carnival. today, ladies and gentleman, we are serving six “courses” of delicious blog posts from all around the world, each with a different host.

six hosts, six different ways of presentation.

here at this table, we have three attractions – yes, bloggers and bloggerettes, gentlies and ladies’ men, count ’em: 3 – and they are:

  1. the blog posts themselves, of course, gathered from the blogosphere far and wide – and believe me: this is a carnival! everything from politics to weight loss to poetry to money management, it’s all here, that and more!
  2. each post is coupled with a quote about food. the coupling, my friends, is entirely random, just like in the carnival, you never know who’s going to sit beside you in the food tent.
  3. … and … this evening, at 6pm pacific standard time until 8pm, we will have a dinner conversation here in the comment area! come one, come all, we’ll talk about everything under the sun, we’ll laugh and maybe shed a tear and laugh some more and enjoy each others’ company.

you will see each entry starting with the name of the blog, followed by the title of the article, and then paired (kind of like wine pairings) with a quote.

here, then, is our most delicious spread. have your fill!

one for your success: for your success supports stopping the war in iraq

what garlic is to food, insanity is to art. (augustus saint-gaudens)

your dose of lunacy: ‘your shivering is our way of saying “we care” ‘

food is an important part of a balanced diet. (fran lebowitz quotes)

nancy zimmermann, the canadian money coach:can i spare some change

americans have more food to eat than any other people and more diets to keep them from eating it

myopic broadcast: glamorous

beer is good food

flooring the consumer: 20 year relationships

my body is a temple where junk food goes to worship

jobmob: the daniel scocco approach to setting job search goals

the political and commercial morals of the united states are not merely food for laughter, they are an entire banquet (mark twain)

kilroy’s the gonzo papers: when splatters matter

news is like food: it is the cooking and serving that makes it acceptable, not the material itself (rose mccaulay)

things i’ve found in the blogosphere: stop the war in iraq!

any healthy man can go without food for two days, but not without poetry (charles baudelaire)

inspirationbit: dos and don’ts: colour

i have noticed that what cats most appreciate in a human being is not the ability to produce food, which they take for granted – but his or her entertainment value (geoffrey household)

riehl life: village wisdom for the 21st century: 13 longevity and healthy living secrets gleaned from my-92-year-old-pop erwin a. thompson

good talk saves the food

the lives and times: a belated two year blogiversary

dinner at the huntercombes possessed only two dramatic features: the wine was a farce and the food a tragedy (anthony powell)

urban monk: the life that has gone on before: the perils of compassion, part 2

looks are so deceptive that people should be done up like food packages with the ingredients clearly labeled (helen hudson)

are you eating with your anorexic?: adults with eating disorders

the murals in restaurants are on par with the food in museums (peter de vries, american comic visionary, editor, novelist, satirist and linguist)

all tips and tricks: online, offline, what difference does it make for the bear?

mosquitoes remind us that we are not as high up on the food chain as we think (tom wilson)

ali gator: news of the weird: qur’anic ringtones

ever since eve started it all by offering adam the apple, woman’s punishment has been to supply a man with food then suffer the consequences when it disagrees with him (helen rowland, english-american writer)

tales of ladies, goddesses and bitches: my thoughts exactly

i am not a glutton – i am an explorer of food (erma bombeck)

fitbuff.com’s total mind and body fitness: average men – how do you measure up?

a cabin with plenty of food is better than a hungry castle (irish sayings)

religion, politics and the great pumpkin: “immigants! i knew it was them! even when it was the bears, i knew it was them.”

god gives all birds their food but does not drop it into their nests (danish proverb)

mysafepc.net: 5 tips for speeding up your pc

facts are to the mind what food is to the body (edmund burke, british statesman and philosopher)

telling it like it is: how to teach your children about money and money management

part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside (mark twain)

my simple trading system: stock market 2008 – third worst opening day

he looked about as inconspicuous as a tarantula on a slice of angel food (raymond chandler, american writer)

the agonist: american parallels

the lion is most handsome when looking for food (jalal ad-din rumi, persian poet and mystic)

hyperhydrosis: hyperhydrosis: what is it?

the disparity between a restaurant’s price and food quality rises in direct proportion to the size of the pepper mill. (bryan miller)

weight loss dude: five gifts for those losing weight

there is no question that rumanian-jewish food is heavy. one meal is equal in heaviness, i would guess, to eight or nine years of steady mung-bean eating. (calvin trillin, american writer)

the sporadical: birdbeast in flight

a nuclear power plant is infinitely safer than eating, because 300 people choke to death on food every year.

diary of a second life courtesan: communication rules: the trouble with text or what i have learned the hard way

justice requires that everyone should have enough to eat. it also requires that everyone should contribute to the production of food. (elias canetti, bulgarian playwright and novelist)

poetic leanings: poem: silence

maybe a person’s time would be as well spent raising food as raising money to buy food (frank a. clark)

enhance life: if you want to be understood….

it was not so very long ago that people thought that semiconductors were part-time orchestra leaders and microchips were very, very small snack foods. (geraldine a. ferraro)

undercover black man: remember kennedy? (wish you didn’t?)

it is not necessary to advertise food to hungry people, fuel to cold people, or houses to the homeless. (john kenneth galbraith)

dr. martin russell: reverse your but

when poets write about food it is usually celebratory. food as the thing-in-itself, but also the thoughtful preparation of meals, the serving of meals, meals communally shared: a sense of the sacred in the profane. (joyce carol oates)

the ominous comma: writing prompts for the not-so-prompt

food is our common ground, a universal experience. (james beard)

balanced success: become a pioneer

a food is not necessarily essential just because your child hates it. (katherine whitehorn)

the simple nickle: what does it mean to be financially secure?

i believe that if ever i had to practice cannibalism, i might manage if there were enough tarragon around. (james beard)

paradigm shifted: just cause you got the monkey off your back doesn’t mean the circus has left town

i’m at the age where food has taken the place of sex in my life. in fact, i’ve just had a mirror put over my kitchen table. (rodney dangerfield, american comedian)

this wasted monologue: mike huckabee monologue

when i gave food to the poor, they called me a saint. when i asked why the poor were hungry, they called me a communist. (dom helder camara)

a voice crying in the wilderness: how convenient

god comes to the hungry in the form of food. (mahatma gandhi)

blog-blond: memed again!

i hate a man who swallows his food, affecting not to know what he is eating. i suspect his taste in higher matters. (charles lamb)

discover. inspiring. media. : pushing the limits of creativity for personal development and business innovation

to be engaged in a desperate struggle for food and shelter is to be wholly free from a sense of futility. (eric hoffer)

the digerati life: the brand new world of peer to peer lending

if more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world. (j. r. r. tolkien)

jon swift: journalism 101

the trouble with eating italian food is that five or six days later you’re hungry again. (george miller)

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so, my friends, what do you think? ready to move on to the first course at fallen words

and if you liked this carnival idea, here are a few more:

  • you’re invited to the originator of this idea, kilroy at the gonzo papers on february 15th, for the gonzo gratitude! carnival
  • JM is hosting the scribes carnival, on february 4th, at fiction scribe
  • anthony is hosting the surfer’s paradise hullabaloo! carnival at the lives and times… on february 18th
  • anja has two carnivals coming up at anja merret – chatting to my generation: the observations of life carnival on february 17th and on february 23rd, the personal power carnival
  • here at change therapy, i am hosting two carnivals in february. the buddhist carnival runs february 15th and the carnival of eating disorders runs february 28th. at alphablogs, i’m running canada 9-5, a showcase for canadian business blogs, on february 28th.