The Influence of Others

Normal people who need a little help to tell you what they feel.

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On March 1st, 2012 my life changed.  I had no idea it was about to change.  I had no idea a single blog post would impact my life the way it did.  I didn’t know when I clicked on the link a commenter sent me on this blog, taking me to someone else’s blog, that I was in for the ride of a lifetime.

I had no idea.

On March 1st, 2012 I read Julia Bascom‘s post ~ The Obsessive Joy of Autism.  A post she’d written almost a year before, but I was only now reading.  Her post begins with this, “I am autistic. I can talk; I talked to myself for a long time before I would talk to anyone else. My sensory system is a painful mess, my grasp on language isn’t always the best, and it takes me quite some time to process…

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Posted by on April 10, 2013 in People


Why I like Twitter

Over the last six months or so, I have been spending a lot of time on Twitter and on the sources that are re-posted by fellow tweeters. I have come to value and respect many of the sources, as well as the posters. I have engaged in exchanges of opinions and ideas with many interesting and thoughtful people. I have commented on topics and have learned a great deal from the responses that people make.  I look forward to reading the tweets of friends and reading their blogs or the resources they post. I enjoy reading the “following” lists of people who intrigue me and always find someone new to learn from.

For, to me, the Twitterverse is like a large school filled with teachers and learners of all different levels, and I fit in there–somewhere.  No one tells me that I don’t have the credentials to forward an opinion; although I am corrected swiftly, and sometimes, painfully when I get something wrong.  But it’s always worth getting correction because I don’t usually know I’m wrong.

You might ask me, “what are you learning on Twitter?”  I would tell you that I am finding that people all over the world are more alike than different. We love our family and friends.  People love their pets and consider them members of their families. People around the world love music and many, many, many people play one or more instruments. We like to cook and grow our own food.  Most of us consider our world to be beautiful and want to preserve it for ourselves as well as the animals and plants and other life that it supports.  

We want clean, water, air, soil, and we want food to be grown with respect for what it provides us and in a way that contributes to the betterment of the soil, not the destruction of it.  

We want our kids to be healthy and grow up strong.  We want to give them a good education, including an appreciation for what it means to be human, an appreciation of the arts, the skills to work in a meaningful job and the knowledge to participate in their own political systems.  Some want their children to participate in a specific religion; others don’t want them to participate in any religion.

Some of us like to write; some like to sing; some like to paint; some like to camp; some like to climb mountains; some like to explore the oceans. We like to argue about many things. The list goes on and on.  

And who doesn’t like an opportunity to meet with friends to have a coffee, a drink or some food and discuss the latest world events or things that have happened to them or play cards or joke with each other, watch the game or discuss the last one. Who doesn’t like to meet someone new and learn that you have much to share. Companionship is a vital part of most of our lives, and, wherever we go, we can recognize it. 

I can’t go too far from where I live in a physical way; but I can travel the world via Twitter and all the friends I have made and the friends to come. I look forward every day to visiting on Twitter and learning something new about the world and those with whom I share it. I hope I contribute,  even a little bit, to the conversation in a way that makes others look forward to reading my tweets, too.

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Posted by on April 9, 2013 in People


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R.I.P. P183


The Double U Kingdom

Only 29 years old and “P183” also known as the “The Russian Banksy” died. P183, irl his name was probably Pavel or Paul Andropov was as elusive as Banksy and studied communication design at the University of Moscow. An important part of his work were his projections, or “Light Art”. Abandoned buildings, bridges, schools and the Moscow metro were his creative field. P183 gained fame in 2012 after a series of photographs of his work, which was compared with that of Banksy. P183 was not happy and told that his style was more then Banksy’s. His style was not just stencils, but also included projections, fire and critical to society.

About the cause of death, according to, nothing is known. Was he murdered by the secret service, because he works were critital of the regime? Did he put his own death scene or did he commit suicide-like the…

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Posted by on April 6, 2013 in People


Week Links: “The Artists”

I’ve seen a little veggie art, but this is my favorite so far! Whoever thought a cucumber could represent the earth and sky? I’m looking forward to more “yummie” veggie, and fruit(?) paintings from this artist! When will we see the peach paintings?

georgia preach

So this new feature “Week Links” is becoming more of a Friday-Saturday posting instead of Friday only. But, hey it’s  better than posting the following week. Without further adieu, here is a round-up of stories that recognize the “The Artists”–those who are creating and those who will create no more but leave a legacy of beauty and whimsy for the rest of us:

Artist Hong Ye Plays With Her Food For 30 Days

Your mama always says “Don’t play with your food!” But when you are an adult with artistic flare and a camera, that rule gets tossed out with uneaten, spoiled leftovers.

For almost every day last month Malaysian artist/architect Hong Yi (who often goes by the nickname Red) created a fun illustration made with common (and occasionally not so common) food. Her parameters were simple: the image had to be comprised entirely of food and the only backdrop…

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Posted by on April 6, 2013 in People


I haven’t been posting for awhile/my cardinals



Hi All,

If you follow my posts you are probably wondering why I have not not been writing lately.

Lots of family health problems, and my daughter’s two cats being sick, have kept me from feeling up to sitting down to write.

I have a condition called a carotid body tumor in the right side of my neck.  It is a tumor that grows between two branches of the carotid artery.  It has gotten big enough to impinge on the artery and affect my sight and balance in a negative way.  So I have lots of doctors’ appointments and imaging to go through as a very complex surgery is mapped out.

I sometimes I find it hard to read because my eyes get very tired.  And more often now, the words I want to write are not the ones that show up on the screen.  I have to do a lot of editing.  I do follow the blogs I love, and Twitter, but I’ll probably do less of that over the next few weeks.  I’ll try to keep you informed about my progress as I can.

I could sure use some prayers and best wishes.

Also, if anyone knows of an Otolaryngologist who specializes in Carotid body Tumors, would you please pass along the name and contact information?  It would be greatly appreciated since there are so few out there who have experience with this condition.


On a brighter note, it snowed here in New York yesterday, leaving the trees, shrubs and telephone wires covered in a beautiful white layer of cold fluff!  This morning I looked out to see the female cardinal I watch sitting on the wire leading from the pole to my house.  She stood out so well against the snow.  I looked for her mate and found him in his favorite shrub keeping an eye out for anyone who would disturb them.  She is such a beautiful green/yellow/brown/red combination.  He is a regal bright red.  He could not be missed against the snow.  

I’ve mentioned in the past that I hope the cardinal pair will nest in my yard so that I can see the babies.  Spring is here; so it won’t be long until the babies arrive.  I’ll let you all know if I see them. 🙂


Love and Namaste!


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Posted by on March 21, 2013 in People

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