Video Journaling – Vournaling?

If vlogging is video blogging, is vournaling video journaling? Can you come up with a better term? Please share your thoughts!

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Video Journaling

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Serious question! What do you call a video journal? A vournal? A viary? A V-Journal?

What do you think?

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Time & Memory

Time keeps doing its thing, sometimes catching up with us, sometimes slipping sideways and eluding us. We mostly don’t pay any attention. Something in us wants to keep returning to the past and wondering if we could have done things differently might our lives have turned out for the better. But then, might they have turned out for the worse?

And there is where the statement, “If you do understand, things are such as they are. If you don’t understand, things are such as they are” comes in.

But we keep looking, don’t we? We keep reeling back through our memories and trying to figure out where we went wrong and where we went right and dwelling on all of the people and places and things that we would change if only we had the power. To go back in time. And we just don’t always have the control over what comes to the surface of our memory.

The more recent pains, mishaps, adventures gone askew taunt us and come unbidden with a frequency that takes our breath away and knocks us to our knees. And the losses. They especially creep in at odd moments to remind us of the empty spaces they left behind.

It is all about time. That elusive concept that some say does not even exist. As we move along through our every day and every night, time presses in on us and memory dims, dulls and erases. It just takes time. That is what everyone everywhere reminds us. And it is true.

Somewhere along the way we let go of what was and don’t even realize that we are no longer longing for one time or another. None of it is a fixed space anyway. Time is such a fluid animal.

Somewhere along the way we stop looking for the past to rise up and we just live.

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Dating After 50

ee8fca054dec21bdee2e2bac7e816e51 I’ve only been looking into this whole dating after 50 thing for about two months. Apparently, the rules have changed. To me though, the rules are the same. I’m still looking for men my age, so for them, the rules are pretty much the same.

This is not good news.

Read more: https://loveafter50blog.wordpress.com/2017/02/06/dating-after-50/

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Goodbye Brooklyn Hobo

I said goodbye to a beautiful, gentle man, Alexander Procho, author of Tales of the Brooklyn Hobo.

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I am very sad to report that on September 22, 2016 at 1:47 p.m. Alex passed away to his Holy Mountain. I will miss you forever, old man. Boo.

Proceeds from the sale of his memoir are donated to Treasure Coast Hospice in Martin County, Florida and to individuals who are recovering from alcoholism and addiction.

Please remember – hate the disease, never the person.

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Whitman Writing Quotes

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Before the Fall (Book Review)

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
This is not normally my favorite genre, but I was intrigued by the description. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself unable to put the story down. The premise – struggling artist meets wife of multi billionaire is invited to hop a flight to the main26245850land with the rich folks. The plane crashes, leaving the artist and a 4-year old boy as the only survivors. Why did the plane crash? Was it murder? Accident? The artist can’t remember the details and the boy isn’t talking.

While an interesting mystery, the novel also explores relationships, the flip side of fame, and the tenuous hold we all have on this life.

The main character (an artist) tends to be a bit too introspective (verbally), so at times I felt his actually voicing his thoughts aloud was not exactly believable. But then again, I’ve never met an artist, so perhaps there are really people who act this way. Regardless, he makes some excellent points.

The narrative itself tended to cliche occasionally (the deadbeat husband, for instance), but overall, I didn’t really pay much attention to those because I was caught up in the mystery. The resolution took me by surprise (which is hard to do!).

Overall, I recommend this novel for a quick, entertaining read.

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Writing Poetry – Accessible or Organic?

April 29, 2016

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In the MFA program at University of N.C. Wilmington, I was told to make my poetry accessible and understandable. It has occurred to me that this is strange advice actually. Are the Imagists accessible and understandable? Personally, I feel that if it is easily accessible then why not just write prose?

I read back through many of my poems and find them very raw, very organic; many come straight to the page from my sub-conscious. They are written in order to make sense of an insensible world. Every word set down is stripped down to its essence, describing an emotion I had no words for. I pour the images that I receive from my subconscious to the page.

Instead of trying to explain to you or even to describe to myself the feeling(s), these poems say it all. If they confuse you, make you uncomfortable, make you feel something – that is what I was feeling at the time I wrote it.

Try to not understand the words. Let the image I paint form in your head and feel what I feel. For instance, in The Grounding Fence (which the younger generation in the MFA program tore apart), you can actually feel what I feel during a panic attack.

It is useless to attempt to make sense of the words I write; that was not my intention in writing them.

I hope you enjoy these poems; I hope you come to understand how important poetry has been to me in healing.

Karen

My collection of poems, Recuerdeme, is available in print and digital format.

The Grounding Fence

by Karen Y. Hamilton

 

Her mind rests upon the fringes of normality,

waiting and watchful.

The fence it rests on contains the white

and black of the universe.

 

Now and then it teeters totters tips

one way or another

slipping through spaces

of surreal dreams.

 

She is there here everywhere no where.

The fence grounds her

and she holds on while

the storm gathers.

 

She is resting on the fringe,

dangling leather straps,

worn and tattered.

She rests.

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Virtual Town Cheats

March 11, 2016 This is not an exhaustive list, but it is pretty close. There are about six more bugs that are not listed here (haven’t found them yet), one more mineral, and quite a few more hybrids.

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Writing Your Life Challenge Prompt #4

There is within your life a central theme – life change.

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Make a list of the crucial events in your life. Start with your birth (did something extraordinary happen when you were born?) and then move on through your childhood, young adult years, middle age, etc. From those events, can you choose one that impacted your life the most?

Choose one of the events from your Lists. When you have isolated an event, look at it from all angles and write down its key points.

EVENTS IN YOUR LIFE: Here are a few to get you started: • an illness or a death in the family • the arrival of a sibling • the ethnic group you grew up in • the religious group you grew up in • a certain relationship with a peer • a failure or success at school • a decision you made to do or not do something • an external event such as a fire, flood, tornado, auto accident • marriage • children • career choices • spiritual experiences • divorce

These are but a few of the major events that turn a person’s life to one direction or the other. The list you make may be many pages long or relatively short. This depends on the individual. You may add to this list as you remember things. Include everything you can think of that had any impact on your life.

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You may have more than one pivotal moment.

The older you are, the more dividing lines you will have!

Try using a cluster map to help you map it out. Each one of the clusters can become a paragraph in your story!

  • How old were you?
  • What was happening in the world at that time?
  • What was the value or moral code that existed at that time and how did it affect the event?
  • How did all of these factors come together to create your epiphany?

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