Course Correction: The Little Audacious Plan

I was going to start a Big, Hairy, Audacious Plan on October 1st. It was going to be awesome. It was going to last more than a year and by the end I was going to be fitter, healthier, better rested. I’d know how to play the piano, would speak Spanish fluently, would be submittingContinue reading “Course Correction: The Little Audacious Plan”

The Belly of the Beast, or Why I’m Back on Facebook

Last summer, after debating it for months, I deleted my personal profile on Facebook (when I typed that word the first time, I ended up with a typo that read, “Fecebook.” Perhaps my subconscious is still not happy with my decision to return to the world of social networking). For the most part, I likedContinue reading “The Belly of the Beast, or Why I’m Back on Facebook”

The Social Dilemma

Here’s the deal: I watched The Social Network the other night. I realize that it’s a fictional portrayal of Zuckerberg and the real life of this real person was Hollywoodized for mass appeal. However, it served to rekindle the undercurrent of ickiness that I feel when I use Facebook. And I use Facebook a lot.Continue reading “The Social Dilemma”

To Tweet or Not to Tweet

On Friday, I celebrated Earth Day by going screen-free for 24 hours. I did a Facebook Fast for the month of November and quite enjoyed it. The Earth Day screen fast took it a few steps further and involved fasting from both the computer and the television. To help my daughter understand nutrition, we talkContinue reading “To Tweet or Not to Tweet”

Introversion and the Virtual Community

My friend sent me a link to an article from 2002 entitled, “On the Internet, No One Knows I’m an Introvert”: Extroversion, Neuroticism, and Internet Interaction (Yair Amichai-Hamburger, Galit Wainapel, Shaul Fox. CyberPsychology & Behavior. April 2002, 5(2): 125-128. doi:10.1089/109493102753770507.) The study looked at how forty users of internet chat viewed the importance of onlineContinue reading “Introversion and the Virtual Community”

Book Review: Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart

Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart My rating: 4 of 5 stars This book reminds me of both Brothers by Yu Hua and The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera, which Shteyngart mentions in the course of the story. It shares with these other two books a similar sense of confusion andContinue reading “Book Review: Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart”

Week 14 Review. And Pancakes!

NaNoWriMo Day 7 word count: 13,017 Before I started NaNoWriMo, I was hard-pressed to find anything to blog about. I would be searching around for quotes and writing a lot about the books I was reading or the podcasts I was listening to. Ironically, now that I’m writing so much more every day, I findContinue reading “Week 14 Review. And Pancakes!”

November: Writing Month Kick-Off!

Here I am jumping into November with as much enthusiasm as I can muster! I’m excited for this month’s resolutions, but I’m also greeting them with some trepidation as they’re pretty darned ambitious. November 2010 – Writing Focus: Jump start my writing practice and make it a part of my daily routine again. -Write aContinue reading “November: Writing Month Kick-Off!”

The Little Things…

My friend Maggie (well, I haven’t seen her since middle school but I call her my “friend” because I’m an American and an avid user of Facebook and interested in simplifying my relationship definitions) is traveling around the world and keeping a blog at This post about her visit to some Bolivian salt flatsContinue reading “The Little Things…”