Back in Florida

June 11, 2007

Just a short post to let family and friends know that we are back in Ft. Lauderdale at our little camp cottage with no cable TV and no high speed access.  A huge stack of books and magazines will take the place of TV for the next few weeks (yea!) And blogging might be slower with dial up and with less photos… But we are here, back in the big city!

Within a mile from us here is some of the best shopping anywhere. Giants versions of big box books sellers complete with fancy coffee shops, a football field sized Target, Pier One and import stores from all over the world, the trendy and upscale Galleria Mall, no less than a dozen warehouse type furniture stores, luxury auto dealers, the BEST whole and health food markets, hundreds of unusual boutiques and MUCH MORE are nearby. 

If we are not in the mood for shopping (or window shopping), the restaurants are amazing and the beach is only two miles away. 

Mostly, I love it here because of the diversity of the people.  An international city really, with folks here from literally every part of the globe.  Yet our city neighborhood of mid-century ranchers and newer city townhomes is friendly and has it’s own small town feel.  Our good friends live across the street, a nice Mexican family has moved in the rental house next door, John (a sweet beer drinkin’ Irishman) lives in the hood as does the electrician native that just put the addition on his home down the street.

Anyway, sorry for shortage of recent posts. Hopefully the creative energy of the big city will inspire us with loads of blogging material. Stay tuned!

Warm wishes. Anita


10 Things To Do Without Technology

May 9, 2007


Know anyone that still uses one of these?

My Liza came home with this shot in her camera and we both giggled at this old technology.  What did we ever do before cell phones, ipods, computers, video games, and the like?  Here is a list of 10 things we could still do without any of our modern technological advances:

1. Visit a library for the aroma of knowledge and read a book.

2. Stroll through a park or garden. Or plant your own garden.

3. Take a bubble bath, complete with candles and music. (Transitor radio)

4. Visit that friend you know needs you. Just listen.

5. Study the stars on a cloudless night.

6. Kiss someone. Pass out hugs.

7. Play with your pet. Or your guitar. OK just sing!

8. Be still. Meditate. Nap.

9. Write a letter. (Remember, with pen and paper?)

10. Count your blessings.

Just a little reminder of simpler times. What else would you add to my list of technology exempt activities?

Warm wishes. anitamorrell.wordpress.com


Blogging Acronyms

April 12, 2007

Since I am in the boomer barely begun blogging demographic, I have a good deal of catching up to do. So, this week I am reading Dispatches from Blogistan by Suzanne Stefanac.

My head is spinning while trying to understand tag clouds, SEO, newsfeeds, aggregators, the long tail, keywords, copyrights, RSS, podcasting, folksonomies, affiliate programs, links, time stamps, permalinks, never mind trackbacks and code!

As Suzanne’s wisdom sinks in, I will share some along the way. This one is for all of us who are just not up to speed on all the computer acronyms currently being used by all our computer savvy nieces, nephews, kids or grandkids. Here are a few from Suzanne’s list.  Do you know others?

AFAIK as far as I know

BMG be my guest

BRB be right back

BTW by the way    (BTW, I knew this one!)

FWIW for what it’s worth

F2F face to face

IMHO in my humble opinion

IOW in other words

JK just kidding

K okay

LOL laughing out loud (of course)

ROTFL rolling on the floor laughing

TIA thanks in advance

WTG way to go.

So,  I would like to TIA for reading my blog post today. And even though you may not be ROTFL, I know all will be K because IMHO manyof us fifty somethings are catching up together!  AFAIK there could be thousands of these devilish language abbreviators.  FWIW, do you have any to add to this list?

hehe and warm wishes. anitamorrell.wordpress.com


Another Look

February 14, 2007

Time to take another look at a creative classic.  Whenever I need a creative kick in pants, I usually drag out Julia Cameron’s 1992 The Artist’s Way.  It is, for me, a kind of Creative Bible. See SpiritSite.com  (I really have to learn how to insert links)

This book will be old news for many of you advanced creatives but for me finding it was Divine.  It empowered me, helped me to understand that I not only have permission to be creative but in fact am expected to be by the very Creator in me.

Julia taught me about Morning Pages.  Even if I had no desire to write or paint, the journaling exercises she encourages I have returned to repeatedly for personal therapy.  Unloading onto a page frees my mind and allows me to hear my own voice and feel free enough to create something to express it.

Warm wishes until next time.